Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe

From Porsche press: The 2006 Porsche 911 Carrera and 2006 Porsche 911 Carrera S Coupes may look similar to the 911 generations that came before, but they are thoroughly updated models inside and out. They feature six- speed manual transmissions or optional Tiptronic S gearboxes with shift buttons on the steering wheel, variable-ratio rack-and-pinion steering, Porsche Active Suspension Management (optional on the 911 Carrera and standard on the 911 Carrera S), an optional Sport Chrono Package Plus that records and displays lap times, as well as a passenger compartment with several seating options and a long list of active and passive safety equipment.

Porsche’s familiar 3.6-liter, horizontally opposed six-cylinder “boxer” engine provides the 2006 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe with 325 (SAE) horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque at 4,250 rpm. This engine propels the 911 Carrera Coupe from a standing start to 60 mph (96 km/h) in 4.8 seconds, to 99 mph (160 km/h) in only 11.0 seconds and to nearly 125 mph (200 km/h) in 17.5 seconds. The car can complete a standing kilometer sprint (.62 miles) in 23.8 seconds and achieves a top speed of 177 mph (285 km/h) on the test track.

Crucial to the engine’s outstanding performance is Porsche’s patented VarioCam® Plus valve management technology that combines camshaft control on the intake side with variable valve lift. VarioCam Plus adjusts camshaft position to provide continuously adjustable valve timing and incorporates two camshaft profiles and provides two sets of tappets to vary valve lift and duration. This system both fattens and smoothes the torque curve while reducing emissions.

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