Arguably one of the best sports cars you can buy, the 911 sports a rich racing heritage and is what most people think of when they hear the name Porsche. Its sleek body lines and rear engine layout have not changed much over the last 50 years. As the saying goes – If it ain’t broke, don’t try to fix it. Well the Porsche Centre Trinidad and Tobago have fixed this 2017 Porsche 911 Carrera S up right. It’s been tastefully equipped with the right mix and match of Porsche accessories to keep jaws dropping and smiles beaming.
What can we say about the 911 that has not been said already. It’s simply gorgeous. The low, wide and sleek shape is indistinguishable. Its silhouette defines its rich sports car heritage that originated on the racetrack. The new 2017 Carrera (991.2) hasn’t changed much from the previous model to the untrained eye, but look a little closer and you will see that it’s all in the details. Firstly the front bumper has larger intakes, new aero canards and splitters to help it effortlessly slip through the air along with active air intake ducts for better cooling. The front lights now have the restyled bi-xenon headlights and four-spot LED daytime running lights. Around the back, the air intake vents are now vertical and have a beautiful piano-black finish. The all new LED three-dimensional sculptured taillights borrow design cues from the Porsche 918 Spyder.
WOW. Ok, I must admit, this must be one of the nicest interiors I have been in. The Carrera S may not have some of the high-tech gadgets and opulent amenities found in some other cars, but most cars can’t do 0-60 in 4.1 seconds (3.9s with this Carrera S with Sports-Chrono kit) and put a grin on your face every drive. It is the perfect balance of comfort, quality and style. You can feel the quality in everything you touch. You can see it in the craftsmanship, the choice of materials and build quality.
Behind the wheel of the new Carrera S is where the magic happens. Grip the race inspired steering, snuggle into bolstered 18 way adjustable bucket seats. Everything is instinctively where you think it should be. Also new is the infotainment system which now takes up the centre dash console above the shifter and driving controls. Surprisingly there is ample leg and head room for driver and front passenger. The rear seats while not designed for tall passengers, can still fit two people relatively comfortable for short drives.
One of the stand out features is the available Sport Chrono Package, which comprises some choice mods direct from the factory one of which is a mode switch on the multifunctional GT Sports steering wheel for four driving modes – plus a SPORT Response (overboost) button for maximum responsiveness derived from the 918 Spyder to make you feel closer to the racetrack. Your hand never needs to leave the steering wheel, you can choose any of four settings: Normal, SPORT, SPORT PLUS and Custom.
Engine and Performance
One of the major changes for the the 2017 Porsche Carrera 991.2 is the changes to the engine to improve power, fuel efficiency and emissions by the use of variable geometry turbochargers for all models. The new six-cylinder twin-turbo boxer engines are smaller in displacement, but have improved torque and fuel consumptions, the two main things noticed in every day driving. When you step on the go peddle, the power is delivered instantly throughout the rev range. Below is an excerpt from the Porsche website:
“The new 911 answers questions about the future of the sports car with a quantum leap in performance. By reducing fuel consumption, but not by suppressing emotions. By following a principle that has already changed everything once before: in 1974, with the first 911 Turbo.
Developed completely from scratch, the six-cylinder twin-turbo engines of the 911 Carrera and Targa 4 models with a displacement of 3.0 litres embrace this principle and perfect it in a forwardlooking way. To be more precise: tremendous acceleration force even in the low rpm range is supplemented by the engine map of a 911 Carrera with the high rev limits typical of a sports car. In other words, high compression and a high engine speed combined with good modulation of power output and surprisingly low fuel consumption, thanks to the reduced overall displacement.
Expressed in figures, this means an extra 15 kW (20 hp) of power, an extra 60 Nm of torque and engine speeds of up to 7,500 rpm. And a reduced fuel consumption.
The engine of the 911 Carrera and 911 Targa 4 models develops 272 kW (370 hp). The maximum torque of 450 Nm is available from as low as 1,700 rpm. With Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK), the 911 Carrera can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in only 4.4 seconds and reach a top speed of 293 km/h.
The propulsive potential of the engine in the S models, featuring upsized turbochargers and independent exhaust system, is even more impressive. It generates a power output of 309 kW (420 hp) and the maximum torque is a mighty 500 Nm, available from as low as 1,700 rpm. With Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK) and Launch Control, the 911 Carrera S sprints to 100 km/h in a mere 3.9 seconds. Top speed isn’t reached until 306 km/h.”
Overall the all new 2017 Porsche 911 Carrera S is an impressive piece of kit. It’s the perfect balance of performance and luxury. It’ll hit 80km/h quicker than almost anything on the road in while cradling you in comfort and style. As with any Porsche, you can pick from dozens of options and accessories. Visit PorscheTT.com to configure your dream 911 and call the Porsche Centre Trinidad and Tobago at 285-1000 to learn more about this and the many other models available.
|Power||309 kW (420 hp) at 6,500 rpm||309 kW (420 hp) at 6,500 rpm|
|Acceleration from 0 – 100 km/h||4.3 secs||4.1 secs (3.9 secs with Sport Chrono)|
|Top speed||308 km/h||306 km/h|
|Fuel consumption Combined in l/100 km||8.7||7.7|
|CO2 emissions in g/km||199||174|
|Layout / number of cylinders||6||6|
|Displacement||2,981 cm³||2,981 cm³|
|Engine layout/Drive||Rear engine||Rear engine|
|Power||309 kW (420 hp)||309 kW (420 hp)|
|Max. torque (Nm) at rpm||500 Nm at 1,700-5,000||500 Nm at 1,700-5,000|
|Compression ratio||10.0 : 1||10.0 : 1|
|Urban in l/100 km||12.2||10.1|
|Extra urban in l/100 km||6.6||6.4|
|Combined in l/100 km||8.7||7.7|
|CO2 emissions in g/km||199||174|
|Driveline layout||Rear-wheel drive||Rear-wheel drive|
Options and Accessories Fitted
EXTERIOR COLOR: GUARDS RED
INTERIOR COLOR: BLACK LEATHER
SPORTS EXHAUST SYSTEM
PORSCHE DOPPELKUPPLUNG (PDK)
HOME LINK (315 MHZ)
PORSCHE ENTRY & DRIVE
LIGHT DESIGN PACKAGE
PARK ASSIST PLUS CAMERA
SLIDING ROOF GLAS
POWER STEERING PLUS
MARKET LAUNCH MODEL DESIGNATION 911 BADGES
BOSE SURROUND SOUND SYSTEM
MODEL DESIGNATION BLACK DOOR HANDLES
MATCH PAINTED INTERIOR PACKAGE
SPORT SEATS PLUS ELECTR.18 WAYS
WHEELS PAINTED BLACK
LED-HEADLIGHTS INCLUDING PDLS (Porsche Dynamic Light System)
PORSHE CREST EMBOSSED HEAD REST
SEAT BELTS: GUARDS RED
Technical specs courtesy: http://www.porsche.com/latin-america-en/_trinidad-tobago_/models/911/911-carrera-s/featuresandspecs/