The latest edition of an iconic sports car, the 2017 Porsche 911 continues to offer a unique rear-engine design, incredible performance and premium content.
The Porsche 911 is available in coupe, convertible (Cabriolet) and retractable hardtop (Targa) body styles. Carrera, Carrera S, Turbo, Turbo S, GT3 and GT3 RS trims are offered.
New turbocharged power plants debut on many 911 models for 2017, but all engines have Porsche’s traditional design, in which two banks of cylinders lay flat, instead of forming a “V” shape. The base 911 Carrera offers a new turbocharged six-cylinder engine and a seven-speed manual transmission as standard equipment. All-wheel drive is optional on lower trims, and denoted by a “4” in the model name. Porsche’s PDK seven-speed automated manual transmission is also offered.
Along with new engine choices, the 2017 911 has been refreshed inside and out, with all models featuring a new Porsche Communication Management infotainment system and restyled front and rear appearances. In the 911 Carrera, that includes new LED daytime running lights. Significant performance enhancements come from the Porsche Active Suspension Management system, which is now standard on all models.
The arching profile of the 2017 Porsche 911 is clearly inspired by the original model, but it’s also modernized and more aerodynamic. Up front, for example, LED daytime running lights accent the car’s traditional round headlights, and the front spoiler has been reshaped. New taillights stand out at the rear, where extra vents and intakes signal the 911 Carrera’s new turbo engine. That model also comes with new standard 19-inch wheels. Redesigned 20-inch wheels are available on the base 911, while unique 20-inch designs are offered on higher trims. Turbo models have standard LED headlights, too.
Convertible models of the 911 Carrera and Turbo are highlighted by power-retractable soft tops that can be opened and closed with the car travelling at low speeds. The roof panel in the 911 Targa is power-operated as well.
Porsche offers an especially wide variety of cabin configurations for the 911. Each was designed to complement the car’s performance orientation, starting with the 911 Carrera that has standard four-way adjustable front seats with partial leather trim. At the top of the spectrum are 18-way power-adjustable Adaptive Sport Seats that are standard in the Turbo and available for the other grades. Similarly, luxury content that’s standard for the 911 Turbo and optional for Carrera includes heating and ventilation for the front row, a heated steering wheel, a GT Sport steering wheel and an Alcantara headliner. Dual-zone automatic climate control is standard in all models.
Storage space is at a premium in all 911 grades, though the Carrera has a front trunk capacity of 5.12 cubic feet, and with its rear seats folded there’s 9.18 cubic feet of storage in the back of the cabin. Cabriolet models have 5.65 cubic feet of rear storage to make room for the top-folding mechanism.
The 911 treats drivers to race-car-like performance at each trim level. The 911 Carrera sets the pace with a standard 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine that is turbocharged and provides 370 horsepower and 331 pound-feet of torque. Carrera S editions have the same six-cylinder engine tuned for 420 horsepower and 368 pound-feet of torque. The 911 Turbo has a 3.8-liter turbocharged six-cylinder engine that delivers 540 horsepower and 486 pound-feet of torque (an “overboost” function increases torque to 523 pound-feet). Turbo S models offer increased output of 580 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque (553 pound-feet with overboost). A seven-speed manual transmission is standard for the 911 Carrera and a seven-speed PDK dual-clutch automatic is available (standard for the 911 Turbo).
The 911 Carrera has the lineup’s highest EPA ratings, at 22/30 mpg city/highway with its available seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. With a standard seven-speed manual, the Carrera’s ratings are 20/29 mpg.
Standard for the 911 is the Porsche Communication Management infotainment system with Connect Plus. It features a new, glass-covered 7-inch touch screen, as well as navigation, mobile Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, satellite radio and Apple CarPlay smartphone integration. A Bose surround-sound audio system with 555 watts of power and 15 speakers is optional, as well as a premium Burmester audio system that’s suitable for audiophiles.
A rearview camera and front and rear parking sensors are standard, while adaptive cruise control and forward collision with automatic braking are offered. Other key driver-assistance measures for the 911 include a blind spot monitoring system.