The news about the 2017 Porsche 911 has been building up throughout the year. First of all, there were many speculations at first which were soon followed by the camo-free spy photos which immediately led us to believe that we are ever so slightly close to the new release of the said vehicle. Our wishes were fulfilled as the vehicle was showcased in advance to its release date at the Frankfurt Motor Show this year.
The facelift is something that most of us have expected it to be. Not much has been done to the exterior as the majority of the updates have been concentrated on the inside of the vehicle. The outer part is a remodeled and adapted rendition of a new age vehicle but the most interesting part comes on the inside or rather under the hood. Porsche has been planning to turbocharge their entire roster so the 911 is also getting one as well.
This vehicle gains some additional parts which have been transferred from the 2014 Turbo 911 and the 2014 911 GT3. They include an updated chassis, some improved dynamics of the car, rear-axel steering and upgraded technology on the inside. The video for the 2017 Porsche 911 is already out and can be viewed so we can expect the car to be close to its release. It has been rumored that the 2017 model will already be available for sale in 2016. Read the rest of the review to find out additional specs about the car.
2017 Porsche 911 exterior
The new 2017 Porsche 911 does not get many exterior changes with this update. This is actually the manner previous 911’s have been updated and no changes happen this time as well. There are few nips here and there and that’s it. The front side of the car receives a revised bumper which will have a similar design seen in the Cayman GT4 vehicle. The headlamps of the car also do not go without its changes as the lenses have four-point daytime running lights. The profile, on the other hand, is kept completely the same, except the door handles and the five-spoke wheels which have been redesigned for this occasion as well.
The back side of the car gets a new rear deck lid with vertical louvers. The taillights have been revised as well and have four-point brake lights which combines with also the redesigned back bumper with the added air outlets on the sides. There are some other changes which do not seem visible at first glance but are certainly there. They include the change of the height of the vehicle which is now 0.4 inches lower than the previous model. This is because of the Porsche Active Suspension Management system which means wider rear wheels and wider rear tires. The car is completely recognizable as a 911 brand which the fans will appreciate the most.
The interior of the 2017 Porsche 911 has also gone thtough several changes. But in fact the update concetrates more on enahcning the technological features of the car than doing anything else in particular. This means that the design of the cabin has remained for the better part the same as before with just a few minor details modified. The greatest addition here is the Porsche Communication Management that has an online navigation module. Using the seven-inch display you can operate this system the same way you operate your smartphone. It is even set to recognize handwritten gesture commands as well. You can connect all of your devices via Wi Fi and use the Apple CarPlay connectivity for iPhones. The PCM system, as well as some other programs, provide real time traffic updates that may come in handy depending on the situation.
The steering wheel is something that the 2017 Porsche 911 gets as a revised option. If you use the Sport Chrono Package you receive a mode switch that gives you some novel driving options. It consists of a rotary dial with four position for the driving modes, so you can change between Normal, Sport, Sport Plus, and Individual. Everything else about the 911 remains the same, which cannot be viewed as something bad as the vehicle has already been equipped with some fine and exclusive trim options and materials. But if you want a higher level of customizing you can add the Porsche Exclusive and introduce some new trims and abilities to your vehicle.
The most important changes for the 2017 Porsche 911 happen under the hood of the vehicle. This is where the naturally aspired engine has been substituted for a turbocharged version that promises to bring a lot of good to the brand. The six-cylinder engine is good for a power output of 370 horsepower and 331 pound-feet of torque in the base version and 420 horsepower and 368 pound-feet of torque in the S trim. The standard seven-speed manual transmission enables the vehicle to speed up to 0-60 mph in 4.4 seconds and gives it a top speed of 183 mph. The PDK transmission is also available and gives us a greater 0-60 mph performance which amounts to 4.2, but the most impressive one is the Sport Chrono package which reduces the time to 4 seconds flat. The official EPA ratings haven’t been announced yet but there are some assumptions and calculations that place figure of 30 mpg highway, 25 mpg combined, and 22 mpg city as possible rates.
Price and release date
The 2017 Porsche 911 is announced as a 2017 model but it appears that we may get it ahead of schedule. As its first showcase was initially pushed forward so may happen with the release date, so expect the car to arrive in the second part of 2016. The price of the vehicle is set at $89,400 MSRP for the base trim, the Porsche 911 Carrera PDK gets a price tag of $92,600, the Porsche 911 Carrera S Manual is $103,400, while the most expansive trim remains the Porsche 911 Carrera S PDK with $106,600.