2017 Porsche 911
- Handling prowess is impeccable
- New turbocharged engines are more powerful and economical
- Interior defines premium in every way
- Customization possibilities are endless
- New six-cylinder engines don't have quite the same roar as before
- Options list includes many items you would expect as standard
2017 Porsche 911 video
[MUSIC PLAYING] SPEAKER 1: This is the Porsche 911 GTS. What's the GTS? It's a variant of the 911 that sits above the S, but isn't quite as fast as the GT 3 or turbo models. Simply, this model combines a lot of the go fast options that you can get on the 911 S and some on the 911, as well. It's a little bit more powerful. It's a little bit lower. It's a bit cleaner air dynamically. It's a lot of small incremental changes that add up to make a more engaging, more fun driving experience, and it's a bit faster too. You have 450 horsepower now, credited to larger turbochargers that make more boost. You've got unique wheels. The ones in the rear are actually wider than wheels you can get on any other 911. They look like the Turbo S wheels, but they're actually black instead of the silver that you would get on the other models. The big difference that isn't that big at all is that rear drive models get the wider body from the four wheel drive models. Now, you can get GTS on rear all wheel drive coupe convertible targa, with the automatic, with the manual, with-- there's plenty of ways to order this car, but when you get it with the rear drive, you get the wider body from the four wheel drive model. And that means wider rear tracks, the rear wheels are a little bit further apart. Now, that may seem like a small thing, but that's the degree. It speaks to the level that Porsche keeps honing and refining and tuning these cars. And the GTS represents that focus. These are not huge comprehensive changes. They're slight additions that make the experience a little bit more exciting. What's the attraction to the GTS package then? The option, as Porsche points out, is that similarly equips this, versus a comfortable equipped 911 S, this is about 10% cheaper. When Porsche went to turbocharged flat 6s and all of its models, we were kind of worried that they would lose some of the excitement that we had come to know from revving one of these things out, but in this version with more power, it makes for an engine that feels broadly powerful and very brawny, regardless of where you're at in the RPM range of the tack. At low speeds when you're commuting around town dipping in the throttle produces a substantial acceleration. And when you really start getting into the middle range, it's really rewarding too. Credits revving this thing out as the way it sounds and part of that has to do with the GTS' sport exhaust system, but again another thing that's optional on the 911. The sport exhaust gives it that-- a little bit of that howl, but more so of when you lift up the throttle, you get the sounds of deceleration, the popping, the crackle, which makes-- always kind of makes you smile. It reminds you that you're driving something special and something sporty. Whee. And I love the way a 911 gets off of a corner. There's traction. There's confidence. There's power. There's a lot of-- just a lot of excitement and fun. And the real crucial thing about 911s is that they had that capability, no matter how you're driving them. If you're driving this car to work, you're still going to enjoy it at low speeds. When you're driving hard on a mountain road, it's going to be thrilling and exciting. And when you're driving it on a race track, it has all the capability you could want, regardless of your driving skill. This is a car that you can learn with as time goes on. This is something that you could experience and appreciate more and more the longer you own it. So that's the Porsche 911 GTS. Thank you guys for watching. If you want to see more, keep it tuned right here. [MUSIC PLAYING]
2017 Porsche 911 GTS: First Drive
Edmunds editor Carlos Lago tests out the 2017 Porsche 911 GTS on the curvy mountain roads of Lake Tahoe. The 450-horsepower GTS is a bit more powerful, lower and aerodynamically cleaner than the 911 S. All the small changes add up to make for a more fun and engaging driving experience.
Features & Specs
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The 2017 Porsche 911 is available in a dizzying variety of configurations that range from truly quick to super fast and blindingly speedy. And for the first time virtually all 911s — with a spectacular exception — are turbocharged. That's right, even the base 911, the regular old Carrera, has two turbochargers heaving air into its horizontally opposed six-cylinder engine. And, yes, that engine is still hanging off the back of the 911 where physics says it shouldn't be — and Porsche's engineers make it work brilliantly anyhow.
To keep things confusing, the glorious 911 Turbo continues as the superstar of the Porsche 911 galaxy. We'll get back to that heavenly body in a few paragraphs.
Designed from scratch for the 2017 model year, the engine in the Carrera is still a six-cylinder, but the displacement is now 3.0 liters (down from last year's non-turbocharged 3.4 liters), and thanks to its turbochargers, horsepower has risen from 350 horsepower to a mighty 370 hp. And it gets better fuel mileage. Move up to the Carrera S model with its larger turbos and advanced exhaust system, and the output of the 3.0-liter six rises to a spine-tingling 420 hp.
As before, the Carrera and Carrera S models are rear-wheel-drive, while the Carrera 4 and Carrera 4S are all-wheel-drive. All the Carreras are available with either a seven-speed manual transmission or Porsche's Doppelkupplung (PDK) seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.
The Carreras are offered as coupes, cabriolet convertibles or the retractable-roof Targa 4 and Targa 4S. The styling has been tweaked for 2017, but not too much. After all, a 911 has to look like a 911.
And then there are the Turbos. Using a twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter six-cylinder, the Turbo models are rated at 540 hp; the Turbo S gets larger turbos that fortify the engine up to 580 hp. They are available as coupes or cabriolets and feature all-wheel drive. The Turbos are simply some of the quickest and fastest cars available at any price. And the price is high.
OK, the non-turbocharged exceptions are the 911 GT3, the 911 GT3 RS and the 911R. The latter two use a 4.0-liter six-cylinder that's never been near a turbocharger but slams out an utterly exhilarating 500 hp. The GT3 models are narrowly focused on track performance, while the 911R is a limited edition (only 991 units to be made) designed for the Porsche purist who wants an undiluted 911 experience. None of them are cheap.
The EPA rates the 2017 911 Carrera coupe with the PDK dual-clutch automatic at 25 mpg combined (22 city/30 highway) and the mighty 911 Turbo S cabriolet at 21 mpg combined (19 city/24 highway). The narrowly focused GT3 and 911R models get considerably lower mileage than that.
Beyond just the right engine and body, Porsche offers a blizzard of expensive options. Use the buying tools on Edmunds to find the right 2017 Porsche 911 for you.
2017 Porsche 911 Overview
The 2017 Porsche 911 is offered in the following submodels: , . Available styles include Carrera 2dr Coupe (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 7M), Turbo S 2dr Coupe AWD (3.8L 6cyl Turbo 7AM), Carrera 2dr Convertible (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 7M), Carrera 4S 2dr Convertible AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 7M), Carrera 4 2dr Coupe AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 7M), Carrera 4S 2dr Coupe AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 7M), Carrera S 2dr Coupe (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 7M), Turbo S 2dr Convertible AWD (3.8L 6cyl Turbo 7AM), Carrera S 2dr Convertible (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 7M), Turbo 2dr Coupe AWD (3.8L 6cyl Turbo 7AM), Turbo 2dr Convertible AWD (3.8L 6cyl Turbo 7AM), Targa 4S 2dr Coupe AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 7M), Targa 4 2dr Coupe AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 7M), Carrera 4 2dr Convertible AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 7M), Carrera 4 GTS 2dr Convertible AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 7M), Carrera GTS 2dr Convertible (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 7M), Carrera 4 GTS 2dr Coupe AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 7M), Carrera GTS 2dr Coupe (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 7M), and Targa 4 GTS 2dr Coupe AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 7M).
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