2017 Porsche 911 gets new turbo engines, Apple CarPlay and some styling updates

Porsche has revealed the updates to the 2017 911 Carrera and Carrera S models, which are going to debut this month in Frankfurt. The updates include a restyled exterior, new turbocharged engines, chassis updates and the new Porsche Communication Management System that comes with Apple CarPlay.

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Porsche has revealed the updates to the 2017 911 Carrera and Carrera S models, which are going to debut this month in Frankfurt. The updates include a restyled exterior, new turbocharged engines, chassis updates and the new Porsche Communication Management System that comes with Apple CarPlay.
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The 2017 911’s exterior gets new headlights, integrated door handle recesses, a redesigned rear deck lid with vertical louvers, and new taillights. Inside the updates are smaller, with the biggest update being the new standard Porsche Communication Management system with a multi-touch display that offers an expanded range of functions and simplified usability. The PCM can be operated by multi-touch gestures on the seven-inch display, similar to a smartphone and handwritten user inputs are recognized. Mobile phones and smartphones can now also be connected via Wi-Fi. Also new is the option of connecting an iPhone to the PCM to utilize Apple CarPlay.

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While the exterior and interior updates may seem small, the changes to the engine lineup are much bigger. The2017 911 now gets a new twin-turbocharged engine lineup that provides a 20 hp increase compared to the previous models. The 3.0 liter engine in the standard Carrera now develops 370 hp. Using turbochargers with modified compressor wheels, a model-specific exhaust system, and a different tune for the engine management system, the 911 Carrera S delivers 420 hp from the same displacement. The new Porsche 911 Carrera and Carrera S engines are characterized by significantly increased torque. Offering up to 331 lb.-ft. and 368 lb.-ft., respectively, from 1,700 rpm up to 5,000 rpm. A manual seven-speed transmission is standard, while the PDK transmission is still an option.

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The 2017 911 Carrera Coupé with the Porsche-Doppelkupplung (PDK) transmission and Sport Chrono Package sprints from zero to 60 miles per hour in 4.0 seconds, two tenths of a second faster than its predecessor. The 911 Carrera S with PDK and Sport Chrono Package needs just 3.7 seconds (also 0.2 s faster). Both models reach higher top track speeds: the 911 Carrera is now able to reach 183 miles per hour, while the 911 Carrera S can achieve up to 191 miles per hour.

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The 911’s revised PASM chassis (Porsche Active Suspension Management), which lowers the ride height by ten millimeters, is now a standard feature. It helps improve driver control during fast cornering. New shock absorbers enhance comfort thanks to an even more precise response characteristic and improved body control during spirited driving. New standard wheels with five twin spokes are equipped with tires that offer reduced rolling resistance and enhanced grip. Furthermore, the width of the rear rims has been increased by 0.5 to 11.5 inches on all variants. The rear tires of the 911 Carrera S now measure 305 instead of 295 millimeters in width. Lastly rear-axle steering is available as an option for the 911 Carrera S, adopted from the current 911 Turbo and 911 GT3.

The 2017 911 will arrive in the U.S. in March 2016. Pricing will start at $89,400 for the 911 Carrera, while the Carrera S will start at $103,400. The 2017 911 Carrera Cabriolet starts at $101,700, while the 911 Carrera S Cabriolet starts at $115,700.

Source: Porsche