Porsche 911 Carrera

From Porsche press: For the first time in nearly three decades, Porsche offers 911 buyers their choice of two engines. The 2005 Porsche 911 Carrera makes wonderful use of the 325 horsepower provided by the company’s well-established 3.6-liter “boxer” engine. The 2005 Porsche 911 Carrera S carries the punch of 355 horsepower from its 3.8-liter powerplant.

Both cars are capable of very high speeds yet are just as comfortable on city streets and as competent on narrow, twisting mountain roads as they are on the open expanse of the German autobahn or North American freeways. One of the reasons for this is the introduction of Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM). This new Porsche system brings together two worlds by combining a sporting yet comfortable configuration of the springs and dampers for long distance road driving with a genuine race setup suitable for the track. At the touch of a button, the driver has the choice of a Normal or Sport mode. Each of these modes incorporates five different control maps that are chosen automatically by the system as a function of the respective road conditions.

While retaining the familiar Porsche 911 profile, the new-generation 2005 models are packed with unique features, including a new six-speed manual transmission, variable-ratio rack-and-pinion steering, new seating options in a redesigned passenger compartment and head-protecting airbags that emerge from the side window sills.

An optional Sport Chrono Package Plus system records and displays lap times on the standard Porsche Communication Management screen. The system also activates a wide range of electronics including the gas pedal control lines, the engine speed limiter, Porsche Stability Management and, when installed, Tiptronic® S and Porsche Active Suspension Management.

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