Examining the Differences Between the Old and New Porsche 911 Carrera
With the Porsche 911, changes come in increments. What makes the German sports car so iconic is its unique rear engine layout and unmistakable looks. To go away from that would be sacrilege for many Porsche fans, and knows better than to do anything that would prevent them from coming back into dealerships. So everything with the 911 is about evolution of a proven formula. So when Porsche took the wraps of a facelifted 911 at the Frankfurt Auto Show, the fact that visual updates were minimal should come at no surprise. The underpinnings are carried over from the 2016 model, but there was big news under the hood. Here are some of the notable differences. RELATED: See More of the All-New 2017 Porsche 911 Carrera
Porsche tightens up the look of the 2017 911. The lower font air intakes are revised, with a more sculpted front lip spoiler. The intakes are larger at the corners, and it seems like the nose of the new 911(above) has more of an edge to it when compared to the previous model (below).
Out back, the updated look features an awesome blacked out rear air intake behind the rear window. This gives it a gritty throwback look to the 911s of the 1970s and 1980s. The taillights get a more sculpted design, bringing it more in line with the tail-end of the Porsche Macan.
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The Porsche 911 engine lineup has long been a mix of naturally aspirated and turbocharged engines, but for the first time, the engine selection is going to be all-turbocharged. This is as huge a transition as when Porsche went away from air-cooled engines. The new base engine is a 3.0-liter turbocharged flat-six and its 370-horsepower output is 20 hp more than the outgoing model. The base 911 will do 0-60 in four seconds, on its way to a top speed of 183 mph.
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The Carrera S gets the same engine, but tuned to put out an impressive 420 horsepower. That helps it achieve a 0-60 time of 3.7 seconds and a top speed of 191 mph. Both models come standard with a 7-speed manual transmission, sending power to the rear wheels. The PDK dual clutch transmission is still an available option. And if efficiency is your thing, Porsche says the new 911 will be 12 percent less fuel-thirsty than the outgoing model.
Four-wheel steering is something that has been available on the higher-feature models of the 911, but for 2017, the unique rear-axle steering system will be an available option on the 911 Carrera S model, which is a first for the iconic Porsche coupe.
A new driving mode switch on the steering wheel gives the driver access to Normal, Sport, Sport Plus, and Individual driving modes. Each mode has unique steering feel and throttle response tuning, as well as individualized tunes for the Porsche Active Suspension Management, which is now standard on all models.
Cabin Design and Technology
At first glance, the cabin looks generally unchanged, save for a few nips and tucks. The big thing is the new infotainment system screen, which is larger and takes the screen to the edges of the center stack. The big seven-inch display results in a more seamless design.
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The system is called Porsche Communications Management, and includes multi-touch gesture capability, handwriting recognition for inputing an address or contact, and supports Apple CarPlay. It also features GoogleEarth, including vivid maps and even Streetview
The new 2017 Porsche 911 will start at $89,400, which is a $5,000 price bump over the outgoing model. The 911 Carrera S will cost $103,400, which is $4,500 increase in price. Meanwhile the 911 Cabriolet will start at $101,700, and cost $115,700 for the Cabriolet S. The new 911 is set to arrive in dealerships in March of 2016.