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.
|SPECIFICATIONS||2017 911 Carrera||2017 911 Carrera S|
|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|
|TOP SPEED||183 MPH||191 MPH|
There is so much more that's new about the 2017 Porsche 911 that you owe it to yourself to experience it up close and personal, and we offer three paths to put you in the driver's seat:
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