Porsche’s 911 now available in “base” Carrera – 380 hp, 450 Nm, 4.2 secs, 293 km/h vmax; available as Coupé or Cabriolet

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The 911 series welcomes a new member: Porsche is expanding its eighth-generation range with the 911 Carrera. The new sports car is being launched as a Coupé and Cabriolet, and generates 283 kW (385 PS) from its 3.0-litre, six-cylinder boxer engine with bi-turbo charging.

The Carrera is the entry-level 911 model and offers 11 kW (15 PS) more power output than its predecessor did. It shares its premium-quality standard features virtually unchanged from the 911 Carrera S. These include the high-quality interior with 10.9-inch touchscreen display, comprehensive connectivity and also innovative assistance systems like the Porsche Wet Mode that ensures even safer handling on wet roads. The 911 Carrera is distinguished by smaller dimensioned wheels and brakes and the individual tailpipe covers on the exhaust system.

As with the Carrera S model, the engine, chassis and brakes are designed for exclusive sportiness. The 3.0-litre, six-cylinder boxer engine of the 911 Carrera generates power largely through the smaller wheel diameters of the turbines and compressors that feature in the new turbochargers. Power transmission is handled by the new eight-speed dual-clutch transmission (PDK).

This enables the 911 Carrera Coupé to accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 4.2 seconds, with a top speed of 293 km/h. The optional Sport Chrono Package shaves a further 0.2 seconds off the sprint. The combined fuel consumption (NEDC-correlated) of the Coupé is 9.4 l/100 km, while the Cabriolet records this figure as 9.6 l/100 km.

The driving dynamics set-up includes a staggered set-up of 235/40 ZR tyres on 19-inch alloy wheels on the front axle and 20-inch wheels with 295/35 ZR tyres at the rear. Stopping power is provided on both axles by 330-millimetre brake discs with black, four-piston monobloc fixed calipers.

Aesthetically, the Carrera model can be differentiated from the S from the tailpipes. While the base Carrera gets rectangular tailpipes on both sides, this can be optioned with Sports Exhaust which gifts it a pair of oval pipes, similar to the Carrera S. No official word yet on the if and when the base model will arrive in Malaysia, but we’ll be sure to keep you posted.

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