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2017 Porsche 911 Carrera Convertible

#32
in Midsize convertibles
2017 MODEL

$101,700 - $122,600

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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

Flawless and responsive handling

Endless customization options

Powerful and economical straight-six engines

Cons

New engine lacks the exciting loudness of previous engines

Several upgrades available as optional should be standard

Too expensive

What's New?

Active dampers are now standard as the Porsche Active Suspension Management

New styling, with new front LED accent lights and taillights, with enhanced aerodynamics

Novel safety features

Rear axle steering is available as an optional upgrade


Features

Power

340 hp

331 lb-ft

MPG

20 city

23 hwy

Engine

h6 cyl

3 l

transmission

Manual

drivetrain

rear wheel drive

warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

0 to 60

4.9 sec



Styles

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Variant Name

MSRP


 2017 Porsche 911 Carrera Convertible Carrera

Carrera

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

$101,700

Configurations
Carrera 2dr Convertible (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 7M)
Transmission: 7M MPG: (20/23/29)

 2017 Porsche 911 Carrera Convertible 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)
Transmission: 7M MPG: (19/23/28)

 2017 Porsche 911 Carrera Convertible Carrera S

Carrera S

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

$115,700

Configurations
Carrera S 2dr Convertible (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 7M)
Transmission: 7M MPG: (20/24/28)

 2017 Porsche 911 Carrera Convertible 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)
Transmission: 7M MPG: (19/24/28)

Expert Review


carhp editor Last updated 18 days ago

All trims of the Porsche 911 Carrera Convertible feature a 3.0L flat-6 engine, rated for delivering 370 horsepower and offers a maximum torque of 331 lb.-ft. S trims have same 3-liter engine but offer 420 horsepower along with 368 lb.-ft. of torque. Shuffling gears is made possible by a 7-speed manual transmission mode in all trims. A rear-wheel-drive system distributes power in the Carrera and Carrera S trims. Carrera 4 and Carrera 4S trims employ an all-wheel-drive system.

Jaguar F-Type S Convertible is the direct rival of 2017 Porsche 911 Carrera Convertible. Additionally, the sports car competes with BMW’s 650i Convertible and Mercedes’ SL 450 Convertible. In addition to these rides, there are a plethora of other sports convertibles to consider. However, if you’re looking for a ride to excel the class in performance with a multitude of options, there’s only one name –Porsche 911 Carrera Convertible.

Features

The 2017 incarnation of the Porsche 911 Carrera Convertible is available in a total of 4 trims: Carrera Convertible, Carrera S, Carrera 4, and Carrera 4S. The base trim i.e. Carrera Convertible comes with 19-inch staggered-width alloy wheels with summer tires as standard. Other standard features include automatic bi-xenon headlights, front and rear parking sensors, and heated mirrors.

Trim

Porsche 911 Carrera Convertible

Porsche 911 Carrera S Convertible

Porsche 911 Carrera 4 Convertible

Porsche 911 Carrera 4S Convertible

MSRP

$101,700

$115,700

$108,600

$122,600

Key

Features

  • LED main headlights
  • Porsche Dynamic Light System Plus (PDLS+)
  • Tinted taillights
  • HomeLink programmable garage door opener
  • BOSE Surround Sound System
  • Burmester High-End Surround Sound System
  • Porsche Communication Management (PCM)
  • Connect Plus including online navigation
  • Apple CarPlay
  • LED main headlights
  • Porsche Dynamic Light System Plus (PDLS+)
  • Tinted taillights
  • HomeLink programmable garage door opener
  • BOSE Surround Sound System
  • Burmester High-End Surround Sound System
  • Porsche Communication Management (PCM)
  • Connect Plus including online navigation
  • Apple CarPlay
  • LED main headlights
  • Porsche Dynamic Light System Plus (PDLS+)
  • Tinted taillights
  • HomeLink programmable garage door opener
  • BOSE Surround Sound System
  • Burmester High-End Surround Sound System
  • Porsche Communication Management (PCM)
  • Connect Plus including online navigation
  • Apple CarPlay
  • LED main headlights
  • Porsche Dynamic Light System Plus (PDLS+)
  • Tinted taillights
  • HomeLink programmable garage door opener
  • BOSE Surround Sound System
  • Burmester High-End Surround Sound System
  • Porsche Communication Management (PCM)
  • Connect Plus including online navigation
  • Apple CarPlay

Carrera S boasts most standard features offered by the base trim. Additionally, it comes with a tweaked-up engine, 20-inch wheels, and a torque-vectoring rear differential. Carrera 4 and Carrera 4S trims feature an all-wheel-drive system. Other exclusive standard features available on the trims include wider rear fenders. In the true Porsche fashion, the 911 Carrera Convertible trims come with a diverse range of customization features.

We Recommend

Pricing is much vertical for the 2017 Porsche 911 Carrera Convertible as you ascent the trims. As per our recommendation, we suggest opting for the Carrera 4. In addition to adding another mile in the combined fuel economy offering, it brings the all-wheel-drive system into play along with all necessary equipment.

Engine

“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.”- Car and Driver

Engine and Transmission

All trims of the Porsche 911 Convertible boast a 3.0-liter turbocharged horizontally-opposed 6-cylinder engine. The engine, also known as flat-6, however, delivers different output in S and non-S trims. For non-S trims, the 3.0L flat-6 engine generates 370 hp and 331 lb.-ft. of torque. The S trims come with a stepped-up version of the same engine, which produces 420 horsepower and 368 lb.-ft. of torque.

Models

Porsche 911 Carrera Convertible

Mercedes SL 450 convertible

Jaguar F Type S convertible

BMW 650i convertible

MSRP

$101,700

$86,950

$82,200

$96,500

Engine

3.0L flat6

3.0L V6

3.0L V6

4.4L V8

Transmission

7 Speed manual

9 Speed automatic

6 Speed manual

8 Speed automatic

Horsepower

370 hp@6500rpm

362 hp@5250rpm

380 hp@6500rpm

445 hp@5500rpm

Torque

331 ft-lb @1700rpm

369 ft-lb @2000rpm

339 ft-lb @3500rpm

480 ft-lb@2000rpm

Though a 7-speed manual transmission is same across all trims of the 911 Carrera Convertible, the drivetrain is not. Carrera 4 and 4S comes with all-wheel-drive system. BMW 650i packs the largest 4.4-liter engine under its hood and generates highest power amongst the competitors. With 380 ponies, Jaguar F-Type S is the only car that comes a bit closer to the Beemer.

Acceleration

Porsche’s are known for their aggressive acceleration and this bad boy won’t fall short on your expectations. Carrera Convertible is able to hit the 60 MPH mark in a little less than 5 seconds. This puts the 911, SL450, and F-Type in the same league. BMW 650i whooshes to 60 MPH much faster than the rivals thanks to its bigger and better engine.

Models

Porsche 911 Carrera Convertible

Mercedes SL 450 convertible

Jaguar F Type S convertible

BMW 650i convertible

0-60 MPH

4.9 sec

4.9 sec

4.9 sec

4.5 sec

Quarter mile

13.3 sec

12.5 sec

13.4 sec

13 sec

Engine

3.0L flat6

3.0L V6

3.0L V6

4.4L V8

Emission

(Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

7.7

7.6

9.8

9.3

Though initially slower than its contemporaries, Porsche 911 Carrera Convertible has a responsive acceleration. You can feel the rush in all gears. It covers the quarter of a mile in 13.3 seconds. Not the quickest but a respectable performance.

Ride and Handling

No matter whether you go for the 370-hp generating 3.0L flat-6 engine or its tuned-up version, an apt performance is guaranteed. Furthermore, the effectual 7-speed manual transmission ensures that the ride makes no compromise with a precise gear-shifting. With the upgraded PASM suspension system, Porsche 911 Carrera’s daily drivability is at the peak of its lifetime. The decades-old less comfort, enthralling performance is at its best too.

Handling is super-effective in the 2017 iteration of the Porsche 911 Carrera Convertible. Adding that to the precisely quick steering gives an excellent driving experience. Though this time, comfort is given higher priority, the feel of harder driving is still there. You’re just a single pedal away to have one of the perfect senses of driving control and engagement coming in your way.

Braking

It’s not typical for a ride to have a 60-0 MPH braking distance of fewer than 100 feet. A stopping distance of 2 or 3 feet above 100 feet mark is considered great, even for racetrack-burning rides. The 13-inch front and rear discs make the 2017 911 convertible stop from 60 MPH in just 97 feet. Impressive, huh?

Model

Porsche 911 Carrera Convertible

Mercedes SL 450 convertible

Jaguar F Type S convertible

BMW 650i convertible

Brake Front (in.)

13

14.2

15

14.7

Brake Rear (in.)

13

12.6

12.8

13.6

Curb Weight (lbs.)

3307

3826

3514

4490

60-0 MPH (ft.)

97

108

N/A

109

A partial credit for achieving the remarkable feat can be given to the least-in-league curb weight of 911 Carrera. BMW has the worst braking amongst the rivals but that’s pretty commendable when you take into consideration the weight that the car carries. Taking 109 feet to stop a little over 2-ton vehicle is surely impressive.

Fuel Economy

Sports cars are generally not considered to be fuel-efficient. However, 2017 Porsche 911 Carrera Convertible is an exception to this commonly-accepted statement. The Carrera and Carrera 4 trims offer an amazing combined fuel economy of 23 mpg.

Model

Porsche 911 Carrera Convertible

Mercedes SL 450 convertible

Jaguar F Type S convertible

BMW 650i convertible

MPG (city)

20

20

15

17

MPG (highway)

29

28

24

24

MPG (combined)

23

23

18

19

While only SL 450 competes head-on with the 911 in terms of efficiency, the other two competitors stay way behind. BMW 650i has the highest power output here and still runs a combined of 19 miles in a single gallon of gas.

Interior

“The 911's interior is exquisitely trimmed and constructed; even in this elevated price range, it feels worth every penny.”- Edmunds

Seating and Comfort

Get inside the car and what will make your jaw drop is its simple yet stunning cabin. Porsche made sure that the driver doesn’t get confused while operating the infotainment and hence they added more buttons for easier navigation through menus. Moreover, the sport seats are comfortable enough and offer good back and thigh support. Thanks to the available great degree of adjustability and lateral bolstering, the seats offer good support. Though a number of seating options are available, even the base seats are opportune for both quick driving and a long cruise.

Model

Porsche 911 Carrera Convertible

Mercedes SL 450 convertible

Jaguar F Type S convertible

BMW 650i convertible

Passenger capacity

4

2

2

4

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

38.8/52.0/45.8

39.1/55.5/53.6

37.0/56.5/43.0

40.3/56.9/42.1

Second

(Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

33.2/48.5/27.0

-

-

36.5/49.6/30.5

As is usual with sports rides, the rear seat is limiting. While the headroom is ok, the legroom is too constricted, making it useless for adult passengers. However, they can be converted into cargo shelves by means of a flipping down function.

Infotainment System

Every Porsche 911 features the PCM, or Porsche Communications Management, as the inbuilt infotainment system. It is better than ever with faster response times. The upgraded 7-inch touchscreen is now capable of reading smartphone-inspired swiping and pinching functions. Moreover, it can infer numbers and letters written with the intent of navigation. Wi-Fi connectivity is now standard along with the traditional Bluetooth and dual USB ports support.

For the 2017 iteration, PCM gets support for Apple CarPlay, although Android Auto integration is yet to be offered. The infotainment system also supports voice commands and feature an 8-speaker stereo audio system. Along with satellite/HD radio, dual SD-card slots, and a CD player is available. To further enhance the digital experience, 11 GB of dedicated music storage is also a registered offering.

Interior Features

An exquisite construction and trimming on the inside make Porsche 911’s cabin a wonderful place to be. The interior feels worth every penny of the inflated price-tag the 2017 Porsche 911 Carrera Convertible is offered at. Important interior feats offered by the sports ride include:

  • 4-way power-adjustable front seats
  • 14-way power front seats [Optional]
  • A manual tilt-and-telescoping leathered steering wheel
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Extended cabin heating
  • GT Sport steering wheel [Optional]
  • Immaculate partial leather upholstery and trim

Cargo Capacity

Sports rides aren’t for hauling cargo. Instead, they are meant for burning racetracks. As such, the Porsche 911 Carrera Convertible comes with a mere 9.1 cubic feet of storage space in the front. Why front? Because the engine is in the back. This is ample for carrying 1 or 2 bags around, but not anything much than that.

Model

Porsche 911 Carrera Convertible

Mercedes SL 450 convertible

Jaguar F Type S convertible

BMW 650i convertible

Cargo Volume (ft.3)

9.1

13.5

7.3

11.0

Though 911 Convertible’s storage capacity is less than that offered by the SL 450 Convertible, it is better than that of the Jaguar F-Type S Convertible. BMW 650i Convertible is also better than 911 Carrera Convertible in terms of cargo capacity.

Exterior

“The chassis is built with high-strength steel and aluminum, thus making the car feel solid and rattle-free despite the power soft-top. Cowl shake is nearly non-existent ― this is a properly sorted road car.”- Auto123

Dimension and Weight

2017 911 Convertible carries its 50-year design legacy on check even after numerous exterior enhancements. You won’t be impressed at first by its looks as they are not sporty enough but it grows on you eventually. Its least-in-league curb weight intensifies the ride’s repute as a leading sports ride. Its width and height are also the smallest in the competition. The 4 and 4S trims have a wider body stance than the base Carrera and Carrera S trims.

Model

Porsche 911 Carrera Convertible

Mercedes SL 450 convertible

Jaguar F Type S convertible

BMW 650i convertible

Curb weight (lbs.)

3307

3826

3514

4490

Length(in)

177.1

182.3

176.0

192.6

Width(in)

71.2

73.9

74.2

74.6

Height(in)

50.7

51.2

51.5

53.7

Ground clearance (in)

4.2

3.7

4.4

4.8

Wheelbase (in)

96.5

101.8

103.2

112.4

Track width (in) F/R

60.7/59.8

62.8/63

62.8/64.9

64.2/63.5

The ground clearance supported by the 2017 Porsche 911 Carrera Convertible is more than that offered by the SL 450 Convertible. However, it is less than offerings made by the Jaguar F-Type S and BMW 650i convertibles. Porsche 911 Carrera Convertible has a wheelbase much less than 100 inches. Again, this is the least in the competition.

Exterior Features
The outsides of the 2017 Porsche 911 clearly gives out the intent of performance over comfort. The signature low-profile supported by the 911 Convertible adds to its racy nature. The exterior of the sports convertible boasts:

  • 19-inch staggered-width alloy wheels with summer tires
  • Automatic bi-xenon headlights with sharp LED running lights
  • Power-operated soft top
  • Wind deflector

Safety

2017 Porsche 911 Carrera Convertible offers a rearview camera along with front and rear parking sensors as standard. Adding adaptive cruise control also equips the ride with a forward collision mitigation system with the autonomous braking feature. Noteworthy optional safety and reliability features for the sports ride includes blind spot monitoring and multi-collision brake system.

Safety Features

  • Passenger Airbag Occupant Sensing Deactivation
  • Adaptive cruise control including Porsche Active Safe (PAS)
  • Remote Anti-Theft Alarm System
  • Emergency Braking Assist
  • Porsche Vehicle Tracking System Plus (PVTS Plus)
  • ParkAssist (front and rear) including reversing camera

Competition

BMW 650i Convertible

Among the convertible sub-segment of sporty rides rests the BMW 650i Convertible. Pricing options for the ride start from $96,500. Hence, it is expensive than the Jaguar F-Type and Mercedes SL 450, but less expensive than the Porsche 911 Carrera Convertible.

The 650i Convertible supports a 4.4L V8 engine, which delivers 445 horsepower along with 480 lb.-ft. of torque. Both feats are maximum in the competition. The convertible comes with an 8-speed automatic transmission mode. Nonetheless, it is a bulky ride, weighing 4490 lbs.

Jaguar F Type S Convertible

With an opening price tag of $82,200, Jaguar F-Type S Convertible is the least expensive ride in its fraternity. Like the SL 450, F-Type comes with a V6 engine, rated for generating 380 hp of power and 339 lb.-ft. of torque. The engine is paired with a 6-speed manual transmission mode.

Jaguar F-Type S Convertible takes the most time of 13.4 seconds for covering a quarter-mile in the league. Also, it offers the least-in-league combined fuel economy of 18 mpg. The ride offers a seating for 2 and comes with 7.3 cubic feet of storage space. Again, least in the competition.

Mercedes SL 450 Convertible

A ride that offers an identical mileage as that of the 911 Carrera Convertible is the SL 450 Convertible. A 3.0L V6 engine is coupled with a 9-speed auto transmission in the convertible sports ride. Total horsepower and torque available is 362 hp and 369 lb.-ft., respectively.

Mercedes SL 450 Convertible easily outpaces 911 Carrera Convertible and other rides in 0-60 MPH acceleration. The ride requires 4 seconds to do so. Like the Jaguar F-Type Convertible, SL 450 offers a maximum seating for 2. Pricing options for the ride start from $86,950.

Final Verdict

The 2017 incarnation of the Porsche 911 Carrera Convertible is pricier than ever. However, it is also the most fuel-efficient and powerful ride that the automaker has ever released through the lineup’s lifetime. Though the new engine lacks the mighty roar supported by the previous engines, it is tuned-up for delivering an enthralling experience.

All things considered, 2017 Porsche 911 Carrera Convertible is a racetrack-ready ride with a mileage that typically belongs to an effectual commuting car. Hence, it is evident that the automaker has made the ride available for daily driving. But if it is the fueled racing performance you wish, that’s still available and is, in fact, better than ever.

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