2017 Porsche 911 Carrera MD

 

2017 Porsche 911 Carrera

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New 2017 Porsche 911 Carrera at Len Stoler Porsche for Baltimore, MD

The Porsche 911 has been around since 1963. Throughout the years it has provided drivers with a perfect balance of performance and practicality. It not only ranks among the world's sports cars, but is also a vehicle that can be used for both daily driving and weekend fun at the track. The 2017 911 represents the model’s seventh generation. And it arrives with some impressive changes and improvements, both under the hood and in the design. The biggest news is that the 2017 Carrera model gets two turbochargers hitched to a 3.0-liter flat-six that is smaller in displacement than last year’s naturally aspirated engines. A turbocharged 911 has been available for many years, but putting a turbo in a regular 911 is an entirely new offering.

Under the 911 Carrera's Hood

In the base Carrera model the turbocharged six makes 370 horsepower at 6500 rpm. This is 20 more compared to last year’s model. The torque number goes up as well. 2017 models reach 331 lb-ft of torque, 44 more than last year. The old engine reach full potential until the tach needle swung past 4000 rpm, and peak torque didn’t arrive until 5600 rpm. The new turbochargers bring the power much earlier in the rev range. In lower gears, the 911 Carrera powertrain pulls easily from an idle mode and makes strong boost by 2000 rpm. By 3000 rpm you get no detectable lag, just thrust. According to Porsche the new 911 will get zero-to-60-mph times of 4.4 seconds for the seven-speed manual, 4.2 seconds for the PDK automatic, and 4.0 seconds for the PDK automatic with the optional Sport Chrono package and its launch-control function.

Design of Porsche 911 Carrera

The 911 Carrera design has also been updated for 2017. There are new headlights, revised front and rear bumpers, and restyled taillights. Also, the grille over the engine looks different and feeds the intercoolers air. Step into the cabin and you will find a new touch screen. Its infotainment display offers Apple CarPlay integration, touch response (similar to using a smartphone), and Google Earth and Street View maps. The screen it replaces did none of those things. The Carrera chassis was not left out in the update. Tuning changes include now standard electronically adjustable dampers (PASM). The shocks have a wider spread of damping than before, the coil springs and anti-roll bars are changed, and the rear wheels are a half-inch wider. If you go with the Sport Chrono package you get active engine mounts that tighten to minimize the effect of a rollicking engine as well as a mode-selector dial on the steering wheel. Turning it toggles among Individual, Normal, Sport, and Sport Plus. What the knob changes depends on the optional extras on your car. Switching to Sport or Sport Plus tightens the electronically adjustable shocks.

Conclusions

In terms of safety the 911 received new features such as post-collision braking and blind-spot monitoring, as well as a coasting feature built into the adaptive cruise control on models with the PDK transmission. The 2017 Porsche 911 Carrera continues to show the automaker's commitment to the Porsche Intelligent Performance philosophy: improved performance using less fuel with increased efficiency and reduced emissions. The new engine powering the Carrera offers significantly more torque than its naturally aspirated predecessors, bringing performance to a higher level than ever before.

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