Porsche has finally added “entry-level” 911 Carrera models to its range, offered in both coupé and cabriolet body styles.
Of course, when the new 992-generation Porsche 911 was revealed late in 2018, the German firm showed us only the 331 kW Carrera S and 911 Carrera 4S variants (as was the case when the cabriolet broke cover in early 2019). But these new base derivatives slot in below their S-badged siblings and offer 283 kW (up 11 kW) and 450 N.m (on tap between 1 950 and 5 000 r/min) from their twin-turbocharged 3,0-litre, flat-six engines.
The Stuttgart-based firm’s new eight-speed PDK dual-clutch transmission sends this oomph to the rear axle (although Porsche says an all-wheel drive version “will be available soon”), facilitating a sprint from standstill to 100 km/h in a claimed 4,2 seconds and a top speed of 293 km/h. Specifying the optional Sport Chrono Package cuts that claimed sprint time to 4,0 seconds.
Porsche says the new 911 Carrera range’s “premium-quality standard features” are “virtually unchanged” from those of the Carrera S line-up, and include a 10,9-inch touchscreen display and the new Porsche wet mode. From the outside, the 911 Carrera is distinguished by smaller wheels (and brakes) as well as individual tailpipe covers.
The newcomers feature 235/40 ZR tyres on 19-inch alloy wheels up front and 20-inch wheels shod in 295/35 ZR rubber at the rear. Both axles employ 330 mm brake discs working with black four-piston monobloc fixed callipers.
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