2017 Porsche Carrera Redesign

The Porsche is set to release the 2017 Porsche Carrera shortly. The vehicle was previewed at the previous Frankfurt Auto Show. The big news about the model is that it features a new drive-train with new turbocharged V-6 engines. Read along to find out more;

2017 Porsche Carrera front view

2017 Porsche Carrera – Refreshed Look:

It is not common to see Porsche change the exterior look of its cars, rather the automaker is known to just make a few visual upgrades. Similarly, the 2017 Porsche Carrera remains relatively unchanged from the outgoing model except for a few visual upgrades. The Carrera stands at 177.1 inches long, is 77.2 inches wide and stands at a height of 50.9 inches. Its wheelbase stretches 96.5 inches.

The new 2017 Porsche Carrera features a redesigned grille which is flanked by a pair of redesigned headlights featuring a strip of LED lights. The front bumper is integrated with redesigned air intake vents that mimic those of the Porsche Cayman GT4. The vehicle also features 4-point LED DRLs. On the sides, the vehicle features redesigned door handles. At the rear, the new Carrera has been hooked up with a redesigned trunk-lid, redesigned LED tail lights and 4-point brake lights. The rear bumper has also been revised and is integrated with air outlet on either side. The vehicle runs on large 5-spoke wheels.

Interior:

Sliding into the cabin of the 2017 Porsche Carrera you will find a cabin with modern design cues. However, most of the new changes are technology based. The automaker has added a new Porsche Communication Management (PCM) system. This system integrates online navigation. It also integrates a 7.0-inch touch-screen display. The system is controlled through gestures as well as handwritten inputs similar to how Smartphones are operated.

The PCM system also integrates Apple CarPlay, Wi-Fi connectivity, Google Street view and Google Earth. Its new instruments panel features enhanced graphics while the steering wheel has been redesigned particularly on the Sports Chrono package with the addition of a mode switch. This switch is adopted from the 2014 Porsche 918 Spyder. The switch features a rotary dial with four driving modes (Normal, Sport, Sports Plus and Individual). Other features are similar to the outgoing model including premium leather upholstery. Buyers will have the option to customize their Carreras’ cockpits.

2017 Porsche Carrera interior

2017 Porsche Carrera – Power Changes:

Our beloved 3.4 L and 3.8 non-turbocharged are gone, naturally aspirated engines. Porsche has replaced them with a new 3.0 L V-6 mill. The new unit comes good with 370 hp and 331 lb-ft of torque on the base Carrera. On the Carrera S, the engine is tweaked to produce 430 hp and 368 lb-ft of torque.

These performance numbers present a 20 hp and 43 lb-ft of torque power boost on both models. The increase in power on the Carrera car is attributable to the modified turbocharger compressors, a unique engine management tuning, and a redesigned exhaust system. The engine is paired with either a PDK transmission system or a 7-speed manual gearbox. The PDK enables the base Carrera to hit 0-60 mph in 4.2 seconds; the manual is a little slower at 4.4 seconds. Both models have a top speed of 183 mph; adding a Sports Chrono package improves acceleration from 0-60 mph in 4 seconds flat but lowers top speed to 182 mph on the base Carrera.

The more potent Carrera S runs from 0-60 mph in 4.1 seconds and has a top speed of 191 mph when paired with a manual gearbox. The PDK transmission brings down the acceleration time to 3.9 seconds. Adding the Sports Chrono package brings it down further to 3.7 seconds with a top speed of 190 mph.

The 2017 Porsche Carrera is 12% more fuel-efficient. What’s more, the Carrera has a redline of 7,500 rpm and its torque kicks in from only 1700 rpm to 5000 rpm.

2017 Porsche Carrera rear

2017 Porsche Carrera – Reveal, Price and Competition:

With the power upgrade comes new prices. The base 2017 Porsche Carrera will have a starting price of $ 90,395 inclusive of a $ 995 destination charge. This is $ 5,100 more than that of the 2016 model. The Carrera S, on the other hand, will fetch $ 104,395 presenting $4,500 more than the 2016 model while the cabriolet attracts $ 4,900 more at $ 116,695. The Carreras will be available in dealer showrooms starting this March (2016).

Competition:

When it comes out, the 2017 Porsche Carrera will face competition from the likes of the 2017 Audi R8, Mercedes-Benz AMG GT, Chevrolet Corvette and the Jaguar F-Type.

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