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. They are backed up by internally ventilated discs which measure 13 inches and are 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 system. There’s also a standard Porsche Active Suspension Management system with electronically variable damping. The latter features Normal and Sport modes, so drivers can either emphasize comfort or handling.
The models are currently available to order and pricing starts at $97,400 for the Coupe and $110,200 for the Convertible – excluding a $1,350 delivery, processing and handling fee. Following their launch next year, all-wheel drive versions will arrive shortly thereafter.