2017 Porsche 911 Review

2017 Porsche 911 Review & Overview at Porsche of Ann Arbor
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The Last Real Porsche

“The last real Porsche." That’s what people said in 1965 after the last 356 rolled out of the factory in Zuffenhausen. The light-weight 4-cylinder Porsche 356 would establish Porsche's racing heritage with wins at the Mille Miglia, the Targa Florio, the Carrera Panamericana, and of course the 24 Hours of Le Mans. When the it was announced that the 911 would succeed the race-proven 356, motorsport enthusiasts wondered aloud if that would be the end of "the real Porsche".

The 911 brought two more cylinders, more horsepower, and more comfort to the road than the 356 did. The two extra cylinders raised horsepower from 75hp in the 4-cylinder Porsche 356 to 148hp in the new ‘flat-six’ Porsche 911. MacPherson front struts, an independent rear suspension, and a ZF rack-and-pinion steering gear brought refinement to the handling and ride quality.

Was the last 356 “the last real Porsche" or was the new 911 “the future of what Porsche could be"?


Fast Forward 32 Years

The 2.0L, 148hp naturally-aspirated flat-six engine has evolved into a 3.6L, 282hp power plant in the Carrera, and a head-snapping 424hp forced-air version in the 911 Turbo S model of 1997. The 911 is available in not only rear-wheel drive but all-wheel drive variants of the classic 2+2 Carrera Coupe, 911 Targa, and 911 Convertible configurations.

Porsche is winning on the track and in showrooms around the world. Until… “the last real Porsche” once again rolls off the assembly line.


The last of the Air-Cooled Porsche 911

In 1997 the final air-cooled 911’s were produced. In the US, 1999 would bring the dawn of water-cooled power plants to the 911. In addition to the controversial water-cooled engines, the '996' redesign of the 911 brought a new body shell and an updated interior to the 911. Over the course of 16 years, the naturally-aspirated water-cooled 6-cylinder ‘boxer’ engines would be continually refined from 296hp in the first water-cooled motors to 350hp in the 2015 Carrera and 400hp in the 2015 Carrera S. Refinements over this most recent 16-year period would include PDK automatic transmissions, improved fuel economy, and ever decreasing 0-60 times - as well as improved suspension geometries, and a litany of computer-aided acceleration and handling improvements. Turns out we had not seen “the last real Porsche” – we had seen the evolution of the sports car.

And so it continues.

For 2017 there is again the whispers that we’ve seen “the last real Porsche” because there will no longer be a naturally-aspirated engine in the 911 line-up. For 2017 – all Porsche power plants will be turbocharged. What this means is smaller displacements (new 3.0L twin-turbo engines power both the Carrera and the Carerra S) but in typical Porsche fashion the engine evolution delivers a combination not often seen together – more horsepower, better fuel efficiency and quicker 0-60 times.

But the improvements to the 2017 Porsche 911 don’t stop with just new engines.


New features of the 2017 Porsche 911:

  • New front and rear designs incorporating LED taillights and 4-point LED Daytime running lights.
  • Longitudinal alignment of the slats of the rear grille ensure the twin-turbocharged engine gets enough air.
  • Standard PCM with Navigation. (available Connect Plus module provides real-time traffic info)
  • Apple Car Play®, Wireless Internet Access and Porsche Connected Apps
  • Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM)
  • Available Rear Axle Steering

2017 911 Carrera and 911 Carrera S Specs:

SPECIFICATIONS 2017 911 Carrera 2017 911 Carrera S
BASE PRICE $89,400 $103,400
ENGINE 3.0L Twin-Turbo 6-Cylinder 3.0L Twin-Turbo 6-Cylinder
WEIGHT 3,153 lbs. 3,175 lbs.
HORSEPOWER 370 Horsepower 420 Horsepower
TORQUE 331 lb-ft 368 lb-ft
0-60 TIME 4.4 Seconds 4.1 Seconds
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