The 2017 edition of the Porsche 911 Carrera features several aesthetic changes to the exterior and interior, but for many enthusiasts, the most resounding upgrades occurred under the hood. In Porsche’s latest release, twin turbocharges on the flat-six engine are now included as stock on equipment on the base Carrera and Carrera S models.
Upgrading the Engine
The forced induction provided by twin turbocharges has been a rumored change for the naturally aspirated Carrera and Carrera S for a while now. Using forced induction and reducing displacement has become the modern day trend among sports cars, but the Carreras remain unique in their own right. The engine used in the new 2017 Carrera and Carrera S is a 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged flat six. These new engines offer improved fuel efficiency, horsepower and torque in the 2017 Carreras.
Improving Performance and Efficiency
The engine in the base Carrera has 20 more horsepower for 2017, peaking at 370 horsepower. The Carrera S peaks higher at 420 horsepower and 369 pound feet of torque due to several different factors. The Carrera S is equipped with a specialized exhaust system, larger twin turbochargers, a specifically tuned ECU and different compressor wheels in comparison to the base model. The 2017 Carreras also offer 2 to 3 more miles per gallon since the new engine design boasts a 12 percent reduction in fuel compensation.
Some of the notable changes in aesthetics on the new Carreras include a new touch-screen display on the dashboard, new taillights and new headlights. The new series also features new exhaust outlets, a retro-style cooling panel and a rear bumper with turbo-style ventilation. Each headlight and taillight dons Porsche’s signature quadrant LED lamp design. The new touch-screen spans seven inches and responds like a smartphone, allowing occupants to work Google Earth, Street View maps and Apple CarPlay with a simple pinch or swipe.
Porsche has made the Carreras leaner, more powerful and more appealing to enthusiasts everywhere. The base model tops out at 183 mph and reaches 60 mph in less than 5 seconds. The Carrera S has a top speed exceeding 190 mph and hits 60 mph in less than 4 seconds. With the additional power, reduced weight and upgraded standard equipment, it’s hard to fathom where Porsche went wrong with the new 2017 Carreras.
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