Porsche Launches the ‘Affordable’ 911
Automologist MAC introduces us to the most basic 911 and it’s still impressive.
Over the years, there has always been a 911 Carrera without any suffix. So, most of us Porsche followers were wondering when our old friends over in Stuttgart would get around to adding the entry-level 911 into the range. Well, that time is now and if you like, you can wander into your local dealership and order one with deliveries commencing in the fourth quarter of this year.
This new entry-level 911 Carrera comes with the same 3.0-litre flat-six bi-turbo engine that can be found across most of the range but this time, instead of the 450 bhp you get from the Carrera S, this one will only give you 385bhp. This power unit is mated to the very smooth eight-speed PDK dual-clutch transmission and that is it, no manual in the range. Well, not for now, at least.
Now, some of you may be starting to snigger and label this as a potential hairdresser’s car—don’t you dare! The Carrera still can whisk you to 100kph in 4.2 seconds, which is not too shabby. Option up and whack in the chrono-pack and you’re gonna get there 0.2 seconds quicker. And all of this in a car that can reach a top speed of 290kph. Hairdressers need not apply!
In a drop-top and at those speeds, you may need to visit your hairdresser after a drive, though.
Looking at the pictures, it would appear the Carrera and Carrera S are really very similar, with items such as the interior trim and the 10.9-inch touch screen being standard. Two of the features that are obviously different are smaller wheels (19 inches only) and new tailpipe styles.
So now that we have the Carrera and Carrera S, when are they going to launch my personal favourite, the new Carrera 4S? Oh, and for those of you who care, it is actually a 992…