Tweaks on the outside include new headlights with four-point daytime running lights to integrated door handle recesses, a redesigned rear deck lid with vertical louvers, and new rear lights – and of course Porsche didn’t mess with the characteristic four-point brake lights.
The only thing not to love is the $4-5K higher price tag, but for the extra dough you get a newly developed turbocharged engine.
New turbocharged engines: 20 horsepower increase, reduced fuel consumption
The completely new engine generation featuring twin-turbo technology increases output by 20 hp compared to the previous models. The 3.0 liter engine in the standard Carrera now develops 370 hp. Using turbochargers with modified compressor wheels, a model-specific exhaust system, and a different tune for the engine management system, the 911 Carrera S delivers 420 hp from the same displacement. The new Porsche 911 Carrera and Carrera S engines are characterized by significantly increased torque. Offering up to 331 pound-feet and 368 lb.-ft., respectively, from 1,700 rpm up to 5,000 rpm, both powertrains supply generous torque over a broad powerband. Reaching up to 7,500 rpm, the new engine generation also maintains relatively high engine speeds for a turbocharged powertrain – accompanied by the familiar Porsche sound.
A standard feature: reengineered PASM with chassis lowered by ten millimeters
The 911 Carrera also gets a revised PASM chassis (Porsche Active Suspension Management), which lowers the ride height by ten millimeters, as a standard feature. It helps improve driver control during fast cornering. Along with it comes new shock absorbers and new standard wheels with five twin spokes are equipped with tires that Porsche says offer a better grip. Furthermore, the width of the rear rims has been increased by 0.5 to 11.5 inches on all variants. The rear tires of the 911 Carrera S now measure 305 instead of 295 millimeters in width.
New Porsche Communication Management including online navigation
Technology wise, the automaker’s beefed up its new standard Porsche Communication Management system with new functions on a seven-inch display. Handwritten user inputs are recognized. Mobile phones and smartphones can now also be connected via Wi-Fi. Also new is the option of connecting an iPhone® to the PCM to utilize Apple CarPlay.
Market launch in March 2016 and pricing:
The cars will go on sale in the United States next March, as 2017 models, with price rises of between $4,500 and $5,500 coming into effect. Add in a $995 destination charge and here’s how pricing looks:
2017 Porsche 911 Carrera: $90,395
2017 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet: $102,695
2017 Porsche 911 Carrera S: $104,395
2017 Porsche 911 Carrera S Cabriolet: $116,695