As you may recall, the Porsche 911 lineup is going forced-induction as of its mid-model refresh, with the German marque announcing some time ago that only GT models would retain normally-aspirated powerplants.
On that note, Porsche has released information regarding the turbocharged flat-6 engines to be used in the 2017 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 and Carrera 4S, proving that the addition of two turbochargers to each of the models mightn’t be such bad news after all. Motor Trend reports that the new, 3.0-liter twin-turbo flat-6 makes 370 HP and 331 lb-ft of torque in the Porsche 911 Carrera 4, regardless of body style (coupe, Cabriolet, or Targa). That’s an increase of 20 HP and 43 lb-ft over the 3.4-liter previously used in this generation.
Meanwhile, the Porsche 911 Carrera 4S also sees a 20 HP/43 lb-ft increase from the inclusion of twin turbos for 2017, contributing to a total output of 420 HP and 368 lb-ft. All told, this means that the coupe versions of each car will reach 60 mph from a stop 0.3 seconds quicker, taking 3.9 and 3.6 seconds, respectively. Of course, that assumes the selection of both Porsche’s dual-clutch automatic, and the Sport Chrono package. Tack on another 0.2 seconds for the Porsche 911 Cabriolet and Targa bodies.
Most importantly for Porsche, fuel economy increases 12 percent compared to the normally-aspirated 3.4 and 3.8-liter mills previously used.
Other changes for the 2017 model year Porsche 911 Carrera 4 and 4S are fairly limited in scope, including revamped headlights, door handles, decklid, and louvres, according to Motor Trend. The Turbo’s rear-axle steering, a.k.a. “Active Kinematics Control,” is now optional on all Porsche 911 Carrera 4S models.
2017 Porsche 911 Carrera 4, 4S Starting Prices
Carrera 4 Cabriolet, Targa
Carrera 4S Coupe
Carrera 4S Cabriolet, Targa