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Porsche Introduces Entry-Level 911 Carrera Coupe And Convertible – Start At $97,400


The Porsche 911 lineup is expanding as the company has taken the wraps off the entry-level Carrera Coupe and Convertible.

The Porsche 911 lineup is expanding as the company has taken the wraps off the entry-level Carrera Coupe and Convertible.
Set to arrive in the United States early next year, the models are powered by a twin-turbo 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine that produces 379 hp (283 kW / 384 PS) and 331 lb-ft (449 Nm) of torque. The engine is connected to a standard eight-speed PDK transmission which enables the coupe to accelerate from 0-60 mph (0-96 km/h) in four seconds flat. With the optional Sport Chrono Package, that time drops to just 3.8 seconds.

The Convertible is a tad slower as the dash from 0-60 mph (0-96 km/h) takes 4.2 seconds and 4.0 seconds with the Sport Chrono Package. The top speed is also 180 mph (290 km/h), which makes it 2 mph (3 km/h) slower than the Coupe.

On the styling front, there isn’t much to report as the models closely echo their Carrera S and 4S counterparts. However, the entry-level variants have smaller wheels which measure 19 inches up front and 20 inches out back. The wheels are backed up by internally ventilated 13-inch discs which grabbed by black four-piston calipers.

Besides the smaller wheels, the entry-level Carrera models have a modified exhaust. As Porsche explained, “The standard 911 Carrera models feature one rectangular, single-tube tailpipe on each side, while the S models are fitted with a set of round twin-tailpipes on each side.

Of course, owners can easily dress up their 911 Carrera to make it look like the S variant. Among the options are 20- / 21-inch wheels, ceramic composite brakes and a sports exhaust system with two oval tailpipes.

The interior carries over and all models are equipped with a 10.9-inch infotainment. There’s also a standard Porsche Active Suspension Management system with electronically variable damping. The latter offers Normal and Sport modes, so drivers can either emphasize comfort or handling.

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