There was great anticipation leading up to the launch and release of the 2017 911 Carrera, changes had happened. As a coin has two sides, so do the opinions of new and old Porsche owners, and depending which side of the coin you were on, dictated if you were one that had cartoon hearts shooting out of their eyes and stars out of their head, or the ones who have a heart wrenching love affair with an older model.
2017 has done away with the naturally aspirated engine, and hiding under that lid is a 3.0 litre, 6 cylinder twin turbo charged upgrade. That translates into 420 horsepower, with top speeds of 306km/h, and a 0-100 time of 3.9 seconds (in Sport+ mode), and as a rear wheel drive, you felt the kick of the engine.
With three modes to choose from, that include, Normal, Sport and Sport Plus, all in an easy access button on your steering wheel, switching between modes is right at your fingertips. Let me add at this point, that I did try all three. To start off with Normal mode had me smiling, but the response and lightness off the acceleration with the Sport Plus mode, had me grinning like a Cheshire Cat. The temptation to close your eyes and listen to the growl was undeniably strong.
Not only has this Carrera S had an organ change, but has had some external changes too, from the new headlights, tail lights, fenders and bumpers to the glimpse in the rear view mirror of the retro inspired cooling panel on the rear deck. Now all these eye catching new elements already had the cartoon hearts on their way out, but walking around the car, you can’t help but notice the wheels, without looking at the specs, even I noticed they looked wider, the Carrera S model boasts 305 rear tires! The grip and surface coverage of those beasts contributed to the mighty grip on launch and velcro like adhesion to the road when it was thrown around a tight corner. All this was helped by the suspension, which made even a Lego like road feel smooth. It took every morsel of self-control not to forget that I was not on a race track, and safety on the road is paramount.
Let’s talk interior ergonomics, you start by sliding into the seat, which gives you a comfortable hug and feeling of security, this definitely came in handy when you launch the car from standstill like you were on the Nürenburgring. The leather clad interior is yet another reminder of the prestige that comes along with owning a Porsche. Adjustability of the steering wheel and seat gave a complete custom fit to each driver. For those of us, that still sometimes use a navigation system, Porsche has upgraded the dash and touch screen system, even the caveman (or woman) can operate.
If I was a man, I might be talking about the curves and suggestiveness of this Carrera S shape, but I am not. That didn’t stop me from admiring what can also be referred to as another piece of art for Porsche to add to their already vast collection.
911 Carrera S
Power: 309 kW (420 hp) at 6,500 rpm
Acceleration from 0 – 100 km/h (0 – 62 mph): 4.1 secs (3.9 secs Sport+)
Top speed: 306 km/h
Price: from BHD 44,240