Forget the appearance, that isn’t important. The 2017 911 in Carrera and Carrera S models are all about accelerating until reaching the top speeds. These German powerhouses are faster and more aggressive than ever.
This time, if you are looking for a quick, pure Porsche, is almost certain that your best call is the new 911. The specialized media already love its power and high performance. In terms of handling, it excels at every scenario.
Let’s see some of the main features of the 2017 911, no matter if you choose the Carrera or the Carrera S.
Brutal Powerhouse under the 911 hood
For both models, users are going to get the same engine. An intercooled, twin-turbo DOHC 24-valve 3.0 L flat-6, with aluminum block and heads, and direct fuel injection. This piece of German engineering provides the new 2017 911 with enough power to excel on the track.
The main difference between the Carrera and the Carrera S is its the power setup related to engine’s performance. We found a different turbo function, improved software, and a revamped exhaust route.
When we translate this setup to number, we get 365 hp and 332 lb-ft of maximum torque for the Carrera model. The Carrera S can produce 414 hp and 368 lb-ft of max torque.
In terms of transmission, the 2017 911 offer us two different gearboxes: a 7-speed manual and a 7-speed twin-clutch automatic with the PDK badge. When we see ‘PDK’, we get excited. If you add the Sport Chrono package to the PDK automatic transmission setup, your 2017 911 will be able to use the launch control.
Also, when the Sport Chrono pack is found along the PDK gearbox, the German car gets the Sport Response mode, which activates 20 seconds of brutal acceleration. But, don’t worry. Without this feature, the 2017 911 still has an insane acceleration.
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The Carrera model goes from standstill to 60 mph (100 km/h) in a estimated of 4.6 seconds. Meanwhile, the Carrera S lasts 3.7 seconds to achieve the same mark in terms of speed. The top speeds are established at 180 mph (290 km/h) and 191 mph (307 km/h) respectively.
This rear-wheel drive monster features huge carbon ceramic brakes designed to work under the worst circumstances. Related to this, we found a good part of the suspension elements totally optimized for this model. Among these, we can see adaptive dampers, anti-roll bars, and springs.
The extreme suspension performance on crappy roads with defective pavement is one of its best features. Also, the 2017 911 comes with PASM, the smart system focused on the chassis management. This cutting-edge feature is standard.
The default tone is beautiful, but enthusiasts can expect a little more. For these situations, the Sport exhaust is available as an extra option.
There is little to talk about the design of the 2017 911. It maintains the classic spirit of the 911 with minor, almost invisible changes. In the case of the Carrera, we get two rectangular outlets in each extreme of the rear bumper. The Carrera S has two round outlets pipes at each side. Inside the cockpit, simplicity is the king. Gray tones are found everywhere and a touchscreen centralizes all the needed information, related to entertainment and navigation.
The Bottom Line
The 2017 911 is all about speed and fun. The PDK automatic gearbox is the best option, without a doubt. The great fuel consumption and greatly reduced emissions are decisive factors, depending your country.
The base price for the Carrera model is around US$90.395. Meanwhile, the more track-focused Carrera S is starting at US$116.695.