The Porsche 911 Carrera comes in a variety of formats; I counted 13 but Porsche is about to add a 911 GT2 to the list.
The Porsche 911 Carrera comes in a variety of formats; I counted 13 but Porsche is about to add a 911 GT2 to the list. Prices start from £60,810 rising to £94,280 for the GT3 RS and £97,840 for the 911 Turbo. With a menu of Targa's, Cabrio's and Coupes, there is plenty to choose from, but what’s new for 2007?
It could be said that the iconic, 911 Carrera hasn’t changed too much, over the years. The changes have been gradual, through more ‘evolutionary’ transition than outright makeovers and excessive re-design.
Porsche tells us that the latest 911 Carrera and Carrera S has undergone some restyling from front to rear in order to make the car even more dynamic. It now has a wider track and a tightened, slimmer waistline; there are new headlights with extra, but separate, illumination in the front section. Bumpers and wheel-arches have been accentuated and there are new, double-arm, door mirrors and an optimised rear spoiler for better aerodynamics - it looks good, too.
For the first time since 1977, the 911 Carrera now comes with two engine sizes. The ‘standard’ model, if you can call it that, retains the 3.6-litre engine. The unit in the Carrera S has increased in capacity to 3.8-litres, which, of course, means more power and torque to play with.
I tested the so-called ‘base’ model, the 911 Carrera, which was immediately, dubbed the ‘Yellow Peril’ although, the chart refers to the colour as Speed Yellow. Whatever the name or epithet, the colour certainly attracts attention and, unlikely as it may seem, other drivers afford it respect in uncharacteristic displays of road manners.
Porsche 911 Road Test Data
|Model Reviewed||Porsche 911 Carrera|
|Performance (manufacturers data)|
|0 - 62 mph||5 Seconds|
|Top Speed||177 mph|
|Fuel Type||Unleaded Petrol|
|CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures)||g/km|
|Economy (NEDC Figures)|
|Extra Urban||34.9 mpg|
|Euro NCAP Rating||TBA|
|Warranty||2-Years / Unlimited Mileage|
|Price (when tested on the 03/09/07)||£60,810|