2017 Porsche 911 Feels Like an Old-School Turbo Machine in Frankfurt

Porsche’s 911 Turbo has been around for decades and yet this hasn’t stopped certain people from “worrying” about the 2019 Carrera and Carrera S models going turbo. So how do you silence such voices? Simple - Porsche’s Mission E Frankfurt concept did much more than introduce the company first new-age electric vehicle. It also strengthened the 911’s old-school feel.
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Don’t get us wrong, we’ve been drool-reading about the 600 hp Mission E ever since last night, but with the electron-powered future just around the corner, we love our suck-squeeze-bang-blow 911s more than ever.

The new twin-turbo 3L boxer

After all, the news brought by the Carrera and Carrera S is brilliant. Both models bring an output bump of 20 hp and 44 lb-ft (60 Nm), sharing a new three-liter flat-six. The base Carrera delivers 370 hp and 331 lb-ft (450 Nm) of twist.

The engine receives bespoke compressor wheels, as well as a custom exhaust and a new ECU mapping for the Carrera S, jumping to 420 hp and 368 lb-ft (500 Nm) of twist, with the torque arriving between 1,700 and 5,000 rpm.

Unlike the turbochargers on the 911 Turbo, these do not use variable geometry, with the Zuffenhausen people explaining the more compact size of the units does not require such a solution.

Features, features, features

Porsche’s infinite list of technical features was also updated, in terms of both standard and optional goodies.

All 911 models now come with PASM active suspension as standard, with the feature lowering the ground clearance by 0.4 inches (10 mm) compared to the passive suspension the base 911 used to offer.

The connection to the road is further improved by new standard wheels. With the extra forced induction torque, engineers have decided to increase the width of the rear rims by 0.5 inches to 11.5 inches for all models, while the Carrera S now uses 305-section rear rubber (10 mm wider than before).

As before, Porsche’s seven-speed manual is standard, with the PDK coming as an option. Go for the Sport Chrono package and you’ll get a 918 Spyder-inspired driving mode selector on the just-as-918-inspired steering wheel. The one sitting behind it can now choose between four modes: Normal, Sport, Sport Plus and Individual.

On PDK models, the switch also comes with a Sport Response button. Press it and the vehicle will hit the optimal gear, as well as activate the engine’s overboost feature for maximum acceleration.

The 911 GT3 has lent its optional electro-hydraulic lift system to the Carrera models, being able to raise the nose of the sportscar by 1.6 inches (40 mm) within 5 seconds.

The GT3 has also shared its ZF-supplied rear steering with the Carrera S.

Thanks to all these tech updates, it’s safe to say the Carrera S has now entered borderline supercar territory.

Stunning performance

The model deals with the 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) sprint in 3.7 seconds, while its top speed sits at 191 mph (307.5 km/h).

Are you prepared for its Nurburgring time? This has gone down by 10 seconds, with the 2017 Carrera S now being able to lap the Nordschleife in 7:30. We wonder how that sounds to Carrera GT drivers, as the mid-engined machine has a time of 7.28.71.

As for the Carrera, this can hit 60 mph in 4 seconds flat, while its top speed sits at 183 mph (295 km/h).

In terms of efficiency, the 2017 models bring a 12 percent boost compared to the ones they replace.

Climbing aboard, we find a new Porsche Communication Management infotainment system. The 7-inch display is only part of the news, since Porsche now also offers Apple CarPlat, together with Google Earth and Google Streetview, while supporting handwriting and multi-touch gestures.

The financial side

In case you’re already calling your financial adviser, here’s what you two need to discuss:

• 911 Carrera $89,400
• 911 Carrera S $103,400
• 911 Carrera Cabriolet $101,700
• 911 Carrera S Cabriolet $115,700

Good point - now that the Neunelfer has moved forward on multiple fronts, Porsche is asking between $4,500 and $5,000 more for the car. If you’re down for it, you should know the 2017 models are set to hit the US market in March.

As for the European side of the deal, you should ask your dealer about winter tires, as the German launch is scheduled for December 12.

Your rear-engined Christmas present will start at EUR96,605.
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