The new 2017 Porsche 911 is the next generation of 991.2. The 911 is already a legendary car because it has been on the market for more than 50 years now. While most manufacturers usually completely redesign their cars after a few years, Porsche is the only one which managed to stick with the original rear engined design. While it shouldn’t work as good as a mid-engined design, they somehow managed to refine the 911 cars to perfection so all of them now drive better than most other sports cars out there and besides that, the 911 manages to offer a unique driving experience thanks to its rear engined design.
The latest model makes no exception so the 2017 Porsche 911 comes with more upgrades that are meant to make it better to drive as well as a slightly more up to date design. This is also the first model that features turbocharged engines only which is a bit misleading considering there are only two models wearing the Turbo badge which makes them a bit pointless.
Sporty Design – Inside and Outside look
In terms of design the 2017 Porsche 911 did not change all that much over the 2015 model. The basic shape is the same and the engine is still in the back. However, the headlights are now new on all models and the front bumper has been slightly restyled in order to offer more cool air to its radiators. Also, both the Carrera and the S model received wider rear arches which are now identical to those found on the four wheel drive 4S model.
This is because both of them feature new engines with larger radiators than before. The exhausts has also been moved to the center of the car and all of them come with a new set of tail lights.
Inside the cabin things are a bit more restrained so both the Carrera and the Turbo models come with the exact same interiors as before, the only differences being the upgraded infotainment and navigation system and the seats on the base model which are slightly better in terms of lateral support.
|Height||50.9 Inches (1.294 MM)|
|Width||71.2 Inches (w/o mirrors)|
|Wheelbase||96.5 Inches (2.450 MM)|
|Length||177.1 Inches (4.499 MM)|
Engine wise things changed completely for the new 2017 Porsche 911 so it now comes with more efficient and more powerful engines. The base Carrera, S and 4S models finally dropped their old 3.4 and 3.8 liter flat-6 in the favor of a more powerful and more efficient 3 liter twin-turbocharged flat-6. The base Carrera offers 370 horsepower and 331 lb-ft of torque while the S version, thanks to a pair of larger turbochargers, offers a more impressive 420 horsepower and 368 lb-ft of torque.
Both of them make use of the same 7 speed dual-clutch automatic as before and only the more powerful S model will get the optional all wheel drive system. In terms of performance, the 0 to 60 MPH times dropped by around 0.3 seconds for both and the top speed increased slightly.
The Turbo and Turbo S versions on the other hand stuck with their 3.8 liter twin-turbocharged flat-6 petrol engine which has been bumped in this generation with an additional 20 horsepower. This brings the total to 540 horsepower for the base Turbo and 580 horsepower for the S model, enough to get the 911 to 60 MPH in under 3 seconds for both models.
In the near future, the 911 family is also going to receive a low power version with a 3.8 liter naturally aspirated flat-6 which is said to develop around 350 horsepower and 270 lb-ft of torque. This will be marketed as a fun to drive model that will be cheaper than all the current versions.
|The Engine range|
|911 Carrera||911 Carrera S|
|Number of cylinders||Boxer 6||Boxer 6|
|Displacement||3.0 l||3.0 l|
|Engine layout||Rear engine||Rear engine|
|Max. Power||370 HP||420 HP|
|Max. Torque||331 LB-FT||368 LB-FT|
|Max Speed||183 mph manual (182 mph PDK)||191 MPH manual (190 mph PDK)|
2017 Porsche 911 Price
While it has already been released, the new 911 will be available in showrooms starting with the first quarter of 2016 at a very similar price to the older models which is great considering it will come with more power and better features than the model it is replacing.
2017 911 Carrera – $90,395
2017 Carrera S – $104,395
2017 Carrera cabriolet – $102,695
Carrera S cabriolet – $116,695
The biggest rivals are Jaguar F-Type Coupe and 2016 Audi R8.