2017 Porsche 911

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in Compact convertibles
2017 MODEL

$101,700 - $200,400

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Overview

The Porsche 911, the icon, the legend and most importantly, one of the best selling sports car in the history of cars. The Porsche 911 has been regarded one of the best handling and most complete sports car on the planet. Car purist have drooled over the 911 ever since it was launched way back in the day.

The latest iteration, the 2017 Porsche 911 is perhaps one of the most controversial model ever. The beloved naturally aspirated straight 6 cylinder engine has been prominently replaced by a more modern turbo engine. But contrary to one might think, the car is still as good, if not better than it used to be.

Taking the trademark Porsche cabrio look to whole different level, the 2017 Porsche 911 Cabriolet arguably looks more delicious in its latest avatar than it has ever been. It combines open air thrills with precise handling and mind numbing acceleration quite like no other car in the market.

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Pros

Gorgeous looks

Uncompromised handling even without the roof.

A true all round sports car

Cons

Not vastly different from the outgoing model

Turbo engines lack the purism of NA engines

Fuel guzzler

What's New?

Turbocharged engines across the lineup

Standard adaptive suspension dampers (PASM)

Revised exterior styling

A rear-wheel-steering option for the Carrera S

An upgraded touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$101700

bodystyle

2dr Convertible

passenger capacity

4

top speed

205 mph

drivetrain

RWD

engine type

displacement

182 cu. in.

horsepower

370 hp @ 6500 rpm

torque

331 lb.-ft. @ 1700 rpm

transmission

7-speed manual

chassis

suspension front

independent front strut suspension

suspension rear

independent rear multi-link suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

13 in. ventilated disc brakes/13.8 in. ventilated disc brakes

dimensions

wheelbase

96.5 in.

length

177.1 in.

width

71.2 in.

height

50.9 in.

curb weight

3153 lbs.

ground clearance

4.3 in.

capacity

cargo volume

5.1 cu ft.

payload capacity

936 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

2.6 sec.

zero to 100 mph

7.3 sec.

rolling start (5-60 mph)

4 sec.

standing ¼-mile

11.3 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

20/23/29 mpg

highway range

490.1 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 years/50000 miles

drivetrain warranty

4 years/50000 miles

corrosion warranty

12 years/unlimited

roadside assistance

No



Styles

 2017 Porsche 911 in White color  2017 Porsche 911 in Sapphire Blue Metallic color  2017 Porsche 911 in Rhodium Silver Metallic color  2017 Porsche 911 in Night Blue Metallic color  2017 Porsche 911 in Racing Yellow color  2017 Porsche 911 in Lava Orange color
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Ratings

Features

8.2

Engine

9.7

Fuel Economy

7.7

Interior

6.3

Exterior

8.3

Driving

8.9

8.2

OVERALL RATING

Variant Name

MSRP


 2017 Porsche 911 Carrera

Carrera

Fuel: Premium unleaded (required), Transmission: Manual, Seats: 4

$101,700

Configurations
Carrera 2dr Convertible (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 7M)
Engine: H-6 Transmission: 7M
Drivetrain: RWD MPG: (20/23/29)
HP: 370 -hp @ 6500-rpm Torque: 331 lbs.-ft. @ 1,700 rpm

 2017 Porsche 911 Carrera 4

Carrera 4

Fuel: Premium unleaded (required), Transmission: Manual, Seats: 4

$108,600

Configurations
Carrera 4 2dr Convertible AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 7M)
Engine: H-6 Transmission: 7M
Drivetrain: AWD MPG: (19/23/28)
HP: 370 -hp @ 6500-rpm Torque: 331 lbs.-ft. @ 1,700 rpm

 2017 Porsche 911 Carrera S

Carrera S

Fuel: Premium unleaded (required), Transmission: Manual, Seats: 4

$115,700

Configurations
Carrera S 2dr Convertible (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 7M)
Engine: H-6 Transmission: 7M
Drivetrain: RWD MPG: (20/24/28)
HP: 420 -hp @ 6500-rpm Torque: 368 lbs.-ft. @ 1,700 rpm

 2017 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S

Carrera 4S

Fuel: Premium unleaded (required), Transmission: Manual, Seats: 4

$122,600

Configurations
Carrera 4S 2dr Convertible AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 7M)
Engine: H-6 Transmission: 7M
Drivetrain: AWD MPG: (19/24/28)
HP: 420 -hp @ 6500-rpm Torque: 368 lbs.-ft. @ 1,700 rpm

 2017 Porsche 911 GTS

GTS

Fuel: Premium unleaded (required), Transmission: Manual, Seats: 4

$131,300

Configurations
GTS 2dr Convertible (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 7M)
Engine: H-6 Transmission: 7M
Drivetrain: RWD MPG: (18/21/26)
Torque: 405 lbs.-ft. @ 2,150 rpm

 2017 Porsche 911 4 GTS

4 GTS

Fuel: Premium unleaded (required), Transmission: Manual, Seats: 4

$138,200

Configurations
4 GTS 2dr Convertible AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 7M)
Engine: H-6 Transmission: 7M
Drivetrain: AWD MPG: (18/21/26)
HP: 450 -hp @ 6500-rpm Torque: 405 lbs.-ft. @ 2,150 rpm

 2017 Porsche 911 Turbo

Turbo

Fuel: Premium unleaded (required), Transmission: Manual, Seats: 4

$171,500

Configurations
Turbo 2dr Convertible AWD (3.8L 6cyl Turbo 7AM)
Engine: H-6 Transmission: 7AM
Drivetrain: AWD MPG: (19/23/24)
HP: 540 -hp @ 6400-rpm Torque: 486 lbs.-ft. @ 1,950 rpm

 2017 Porsche 911 Turbo S

Turbo S

Fuel: Premium unleaded (required), Transmission: Manual, Seats: 4

$200,400

Configurations
Turbo S 2dr Convertible AWD (3.8L 6cyl Turbo 7AM)
Engine: H-6 Transmission: 7AM
Drivetrain: AWD MPG: (19/24/24)
HP: 580 -hp @ 6750-rpm Torque: 516 lbs.-ft. @ 2,100 rpm

Expert Review


CARHP Editorial October 26, 2018

8.2

Overall Rating


8.2/10
Features

 

9.7/10
Engine

 

7.7/10
Fuel Economy

 

6.3/10
Interior

 

8.3/10
Exterior

 
 
 
 

The latest iteration, the 2017 Porsche 911 is perhaps one of the most controversial model ever. The beloved naturally aspirated straight 6 cylinder engine has been prominently replaced by a more modern turbo engine. But contrary to one might think, the car is still as good, if not better than it used to be.

Features

8.2/10

The Porsche 911 is offered in 6 trims. A turbocharged 3.0L flat six engine mated to a 7 speed manual or PDK automatic comes as standard on all trims. The base Carrera trim come with a tag of $107,700 and basic set of equipment includes 19 inch tyres and adaptive suspension. Then there is the Carrera 4S trim with a price tag of $122,600 and includes features like front and rear parking sensors and LED headlights as standard. Moving furter, there is the Carrera S trim which features an uprated engine with more power and other special equipment as standard

At the upper half of the table, lies the Carrera 4 trim with a price tag of $108,600 and features like AWD and wider fenders. Above lies the Carrera GTS trim sporting the uprated 3L motor and adaptive suspension as standard. The top of the line variant, the Carrera 4 GTS costs $138,200 and features 4 way adjustable seats and dual zone auto climate control as standard amongst other equipment.

Trim Carrera Carrera 4S Carrera S Carrera 4 Carrera GTS Carrera 4 GTS
MSRP $101,700 $122,600 $115,700 $108,600 $131,300 $138,200
Key Features 19-inch staggered-width alloy wheels with summer tires 19-inch staggered-width alloy wheels with summer tires 20-inch wheels and a torque-vectoring rear differential (PTV) All-wheel drive and wider rear fenders, but are otherwise equipped similarly to their rear-wheel-drive counterparts, as are the convertible versions of the Carrera 4 and 4S 19-inch staggered-width alloy wheels with summer tires 19-inch staggered-width alloy wheels with summer tires
Adaptive suspension dampers (PASM) Adaptive suspension dampers (PASM)     Adaptive suspension dampers (PASM) Adaptive suspension dampers (PASM)
Automatic bi-xenon headlights with LED running lights

Automatic bi-xenon headlights with LED running light

    Automatic bi-xenon headlights with LED running lights  Automatic bi-xenon headlights with LED running lights

Front and Rear parking sensors

Seated mirrors     Front and rear parking sensors Front and rear parking sensors
Rearview camera,

Dual-zone  Automatic climate control

    Rearview camera Rearview camera
Heated mirrors Four-way power-adjustable front seats     Heated mirrors Heated mirrors
Dual-zone automatic climate control       Dual-zone automatic climate control Dual-zone automatic climate control
Four-way power-adjustable front seats       Four-way power-adjustable front seats Four-way power-adjustable front seats

If anyone ever asks you how much car $100,000 can buy, tell them to look no further than the 911. Objectively a strong performer and subjectively a joy to drive, it’s worth every last penny. -caranddriver

Engine

9.7/10

For purists, there's nothing like the wailing crescendo of a non-turbocharged Porsche flat-6. That's where the 911 legend started and still lives on; the Turbo, they'll tell you, was always an interloper -edmunds

The engine on duty on the Porsche 911 cabrio is a 3.0L turbocharged flat 6 engine mated to a 7 speed automatic gearbox. The engine produces 340 hp and 331 lb-ft of torque. The engine is still a thing of beauty and pulls the car at a mind numbing pace.

Amongst rivals, the 911 Cabrio is the least powered car. The most powerful car is the Jaguar F-Type R convertible with 550 hp.

Models Porsche 911 Cabriolet Audi R8 V10 quattro spyder Jaguar F-Type R convertible
MSRP $162,900 $175,100 $108,250
Engine 3.0L 6 cyl 5.2L FSI V10 DOHC 5.0L DOHC 32V V8 Supercharged
Transmission 7-speed automatic 7-speed automatic 8-speed automatic
Horsepower 340 hp @ 6400 rpm 540 hp @ 7800 rpm 550 hp @ 6500 rpm
Torque 331 lb-ft @ 1700rpm 398 lb-ft @ 6500 rpm 502 lb-ft @ 3500 rpm

Acceleration

Acceleration on the Porsche 911 is monstrous yet controlled and confidence inspiring. The ar takes 3.6 seconds to reach 60 mpg from a standstill. Quarter of a mile comes up in 11 seconds flat.

All the car in the segment are almost equally fast in terms of acceleration. Both the Jag F-type R and the Audi R8 V10 are just 1/10th of seconds faster than the Porsche 911 at 3.5 seconds.

Models Porsche 911 Cabriolet Audi R8 V10 quattro spyder Jaguar F-Type R convertible
0-60 MPH 3.6 sec 3.5 sec 3.5 sec
Quarter mile 11.0 sec 11.5 sec 11.9 sec
Engine 3.0L 5.2L 5.0L
Emission (Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year) 8.4 10.4 9.8

Braking

The Cabrio features some of the biggest disk brake rotors in the business. Both the front rotors and the rear rotors are 15 inches wide. The car is able to stop from 60 mph in an impressive 97 feet. The breaking is composed and without much drama even in case of emergency braking.

The 911 Cabrio takes the least distance to stop. Both the Audi R8 V10 and the Jag F-type R convertible take 111 feet to stop from 60 mph.

Model Porsche 911 Cabriolet Audi R8 V10 quattro spyder Jaguar F-Type R convertible
Brake Front (in.) 15.0 14.4 15.0
Brake Rear (in.) 15.0 14.0 14.8
Curb Weight (lbs.) 3307 3957 3847
60-0 MPH (ft.) 97.0 111 111

Fuel Economy

7.7/10

The Porsche 911 cabrio is not exactly meant to be a fuel saving vehicles. It is more inclined towards speed and agility. Even then, the turbo motor is able to extract a modest 29 mpg combined.

In comparison, none of the other rivals come anywhere close to the 911 cabrio in terms of fuel efficiency. The Jag F-type R returns a paltry 18 mpg while the Audi R8 V10 returns an even more reduced 17 mpg.

Model Porsche 911 Cabriolet Audi R8 V10 quattro spyder Jaguar F-Type R convertible
MPG (city) 20 14 15
MPG (highway) 23 22 23
MPG (combined) 29 17 18

Interior

6.3/10

 However, are very small; most 911 owners know them better for the seatbacks that flip down to become useful cargo shelves -cars.usnews

Seats and Comfort

The Porsche 911 Cabrio offers seating for 4 people with the rear seats barely enough for kids on short drives. The front seats, however, are one of the best and most comfortable in business. They are also ventilated and heated and can be adjusted up to 4 ways. They also feature a memory function which allows multiple drivers to store their seating positions.

Model Porsche 911 Cabriolet Audi R8 V10 quattro spyder Jaguar F-Type R convertible
Passenger capacity 4 2 2
Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.) 38.8/52.0/45.8 38.5/55.1/- 37.0/56.5/43.0
Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.) 33.2/48.5/27.0 N/A N/A

Infotainment System

A 7-inch touch screen mounted into the front dash is standard across all variants. The MMI is also Apple CarPlay enabled now which enhances its connectivity. Otherwise, all the other major connectivity enhancements such a bluetooth and USB are also features on board. The MMI itself is also much improved from the outgoing model and registers responses much faster than ever.

Cargo Volume

Cargo volume is something that you rarely associate with sports car like the Porsche and even more so if the car is a cabriolet. The 911 features a small but useful 9.1 feet cube cargo volume in its front boot.

In comparison, no other competitors comes close to the boot pace on the 911. The F-type R is the only car to come nearly close at 7.3 feet cube.

Model Porsche 911 Cabriolet Audi R8 V10 quattro spyder Jaguar F-Type R convertible
Cargo Volume (ft.3) 9.1 4.0 7.3

Interior Features

Some of the key interior features of the Porsche 911 cabrio are -

  • 7 inch screen
  • Ventilated 4 way adjustable seats
  • Porsche 918 inspired steering wheel
  • Dual zone climate control

Exterior

8.3/10

We're well aware that the 911 has changed and evolved over time, so we're not accusing Porsche designers of being lazy. Line up generations of Porsches next to each other and it's plain to see—we've come a long way. -carconnection

Dimension and Weight

The 911 has always been known to be a lightweight car and the new model also follows the tradition with a curb weight of 3307 lbs. The outside dimensions of the car are well balanced. The rear end of the car is a little elongated to accommodate the engine.

The Porsche 911 Cabrio is the lightest car in the segment. It is also the tallest and lengthiest car in the segment. The Audi R8 V10, on the other hand, is the heaviest car in the segment at 3957 lbs.

Model Porsche 911 Cabriolet Audi R8 V10 quattro spyder Jaguar F-Type R convertible
Curb weight (lbs.) 3307 3957 3847
Length(in) 177.1 174.3 176.0
Width(in) 71.2 76.4 75.7
Height(in) 50.7 49.0 51.5
Ground clearance (in) 4.2 4.3 4.8
Wheelbase (in) 96.5 104.4 103.2
Track width (in) F/R 60.7/62.6 64.5/63.0 62.4/64.1

Exterior Features

Some of the key interior features of the Cabrio are

  • 19-inch alloy wheels
  • LED headlights
  • LED DRLs
  • Dual exhausts

Safety

The Porsche 911 Cabrio is the flagship and the most selling model from the Porsche range of cars. Safety has always been on top of the priority list for the car manufacturer since day 1. Although the car has not been crash tested but you can expect it to be perfectly structurally sound. There is also a suite of safety features that come as standard with all 911'.s

Safety Features

  • 4-Wheel ABS

  • Front Head Airbags

  • Dual Front Side-Mounted Airbags

  • Stability Control

  • Adaptive Headlights

  • Remove Anti-Theft Alarm System

  • Dusk Sensing Headlamps

  • Auto Delay Off Headlamps

  • Tire Pressure Monitoring

  • Child Seat Anchors

  • Traction Control

Crash test Results for the Porsche 911 Turbo are not yet available from NHTSA and IIHS.

Competition

Porsche 911 Cabriolet vs Audi R8 V10

The Audi R8 V10 is the flagship sports car by the German auto giant. In the age of turbo charged engines the R8 features a naturally aspirated V8. The power delivery is seamless throughout the power band. The car is also extremely visually appealing with a timeless design. When it comes to interiors, the quality is unmatched with a clutter free spaces that allow you to focus on driving pleasures of the vehicle.

All in all, the Audi R8 V10 is much more about the entire experience than it is about being an out and out sports car. The 2017 Porsche 911 cabrio is much more rounded car than the R8.

Porsche 911 Cabriolet vs Jaguar F-type

The Jag F-Type is the most powerful and brutal of the Jags out there. Just like the Audi, it features RWD as well to complement its bonkers power delivery. The interior is well appointed as well but it just falls short of what the germans have to offer. One also can’t deny that the Jag is a car that out there to eat you alive with its jaw dropping and unforgiving power delivery.

All in all, the Jag does produce a soundtrack that is one of a kind. The Porsche 911 Cabrio is an overall better car but it also sports a price tag that is much much dearer than the Jag.

Final Verdict

The 2017 Porsche 911 Cabriolet is still the same car underneath even after all the changes it has been through. The turbo engine does hurt the characteristics of the 911 but it proves to be a great performance enhancer. The car drives in much more refined manner but can also unleash its power at the tap of the pedal. All in all, if a complete, true and unadulterated sport car experience is what you require, the Porsche 911 cabrio is still the benchmark in the segment.

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