As you might expect with any car that has undergone a number of changes without going through a full redesign, the 2017 Porsche 911 offers a number of smaller changes such as redesigned head and taillights, along with a freshly updated touchscreen. However, in effect, these are relatively inconsequential changes when you compare them to the changes that have occurred under the hood. The best way to see these changes is to peek under the hood of either the 2017 Porsche 911 Carrera or Carrera S.
Here you will find what starts out looking like the traditional flat-six cylinder engine that has become a familiar part of the 911. The big difference is the pair of turbochargers that have been meticulously attached. The 2017 Porsche 911 has finally come into its own by eschewing its traditional naturally aspirated engine in favor of not one, but two turbochargers, something we have been expecting to come down the pipeline for some time.
Once you recover from lamenting the loss of the naturally aspirated flat-six and its special sound, you will find that the 3.0 liter twin turbo flat-six has a lot to offer in comparison to last year's model. Those who opt for the 2017 Porsche Carrera will find that this engine produces 370 hp and develops 331 lb-ft of pure torque. Those who opt for the 2017 Porsche 911 Carrera S will find it features special ECU settings, a set of unique compressor wheels in the turbochargers, and a custom exhaust. All of these combine to create a total of 420 hp and pump out a massive 368 lb-ft of heart stopping torque. Even those who opt for the base model 911 will see naturally aspirated engines that offer 20 more horsepower than last year's model. Both of the Carrera models now redline at 7500 rpm, which is considered to be quite high for a turbocharged engine. Despite the increases in power and the addition of twin turbos, the 2017 911 series is expected to be approximately 12 percent more fuel efficient than the 2016 models.
Unlike many car manufacturers that feel the need to place "Turbo" badges all over their cars, Porsche has chosen to avoid this. The only visual evidence that the 2017 911 Carreras are turbocharges is the pair of a retro styled cooling panels set in the back deck, vents in the rear bumper, and custom exhaust outlets. Both headlights and taillights feature a quadrant of LED lamps for maximum visibility, something that is rapidly becoming a hallmark of all new Porsche models. However, overall body styling in both the non- aspirated and the twin-turbo models has not changed significantly from the 2016 model.
The 2017 Porsche 911 offers a number of new safety features including; blind spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control with a coasting feature for those equipped with the PDK transmission, and post-collision braking. These features have been added to ensure maximum safety and to reduce the risk of your becoming involved in an accident.
The 2017 Porsche 911 is set to bring a breath of fresh air to what has already become one of the most popular versions of the venerable 911 series. Both Turbo and naturally aspirated versions are sure to continue in the same vein as all previous versions of this legendary German sports car.
* EPA estimated MPG may vary by transmission, trim and individual driving behavior.