- The 2017 911 range gets cosmetic upgrades and re-tuned engines
- The top-of-the-line 911 Turbo S Cabriolet churns out 572bhp
- Like the previous 911 range, the 2017 lineup also takes the CBU route
Updating its halo sports car range in the country, Porsche has launched the 2017 911 series in India with prices starting 1.42 crore (ex-showroom, Delhi) for the 911 Carrera going up to 2.81 cores for the range-topping Turbo S Cabriolet. The 911 model range includes – 911 Carrera Cabriolet, 911 Carrera S, 911 Turbo, and the 911 Turbo S Cabriolet, all of which now features a sharper design language while the powertrain has been re-tuned to offer more power and performance on the sports car. The new 911 range is also now loaded on tech wizardry with a host of in-car gadgetry on offer.
Globally unveiled in December 2016, the 2017 Porsche 911 Turbo and Turbo S facelifts made their first public debut at the Detroit Motor Show earlier this year. The overall silhouette remains the same on the 911 with the trademark design unfazed, but the updates are more detailed and extensive on the sports coupe. Most prominent are the new four point LED daytime running lights on the updated version with projector headlamps, while the bumper gets a larger central air intake with dark chrome accents. The 911 Turbo and Turbo S Cabriolet versions also get double fillets and side-mounted air blades. The rear too features new sharper looking LED tail lights and a slightly tweaked bumper to complement the changes made up front.
The interiors have been spiced up well on the Porsche 911 lineup. Sure, there still are a whole of buttons, but that continues to keep the feeling real on the performance car. A rev-counter sits on top of the dashboard, while three part digital instrument cluster makes way behind the steering wheel. The new 911 also gets the Porsche Communication Management (PCM) with a 7-inch infotainment display that now only offers improved in-car connectivity but also allows you to connect your smartphone to the car, while you also get Apple CarPlay that allows your iPhone to be connected as well.
The new 911 comes with improved technological features that is claimed to have improved the driving dynamics of the car. The top-of-the-line 911 Turbo S itself comes with optional Sport Chrono Package and for the first time all 911s will come with a mode switch on the steering wheel itself. This particular feature has been derived from the 918 Spyder, which alloys you to choose from four different driving modes – Normal, Sport, Sport Plus and Individual. And for that additional grunt while overtaking, the car comes with a special ‘Sports Response Button’ that when pressed pre-conditions the drivetrain to offer maximum acceleration for 20 seconds.
Power on the 2017 Porsche 911 range comes from updated flat-six engines with the 911 Turbo and Turbo S using a 3.8-litre twin-turbocharged motor that now produce 533bhp and 572bhp respectively. The Carrera twins use a similar twin-turbo unit that belts out 370bhp on the Carrera Cabriolet and 420bhp on the Carrera S models. All engines come paired to Porsche’s 8-speed PDK dual-clutch automatic transmission that has been updated for quicker shifts.
Lastly, equipment upgrades on the new Porsche 911 range include Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM), Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC) roll compensation and the Porsche Ceramic Composite Brakes (PCCB). The cars also get new GT sport steering wheel, leather trimmed sports seats and new 20-inch twin-spoke alloy wheels.
|Model||Price (ex-showroom, Delhi)|
|911 Carrera||1.42 Crore|
|911 Carrera Cabriolet||1.55 Crore|
|911 Carrera S||1.63 Crore|
|911 Carrera S Cabriolet||1.76 Crore|
|911 Turbo||2.25 Crore|
|911 Turbo Cabriolet||2.39 Crore|
|911 Turbo S||2.66 Crore|
|911 Turbo S Cabriolet||2.81 Crore|