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

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.

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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.

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  • baofe

    No thanks. I’d save 30k and get a c8.

    • nastinupe

      I don’t think that Porsche will lose customers at this level against Corvette. People who purchase the base 911 simply want a Porsche 911. Where Porsche will lose customers is with the high performance variants where people are looking for a true performance vehicle. The Z06 and ZR1 are going to change the game for Corvette. People considering a $200,000 GT3 will possibly consider a $95,000 Z06 instead… if the performance numbers work out in it’s favor.

      • raikkonen

        What your assumption fails to consider are the endless number of variables involved when choosing to purchase one car instead of another; if everyone merely conformed to the ideology of “cheaper + faster = better”, then we would all be driving ariel atoms…

        • nastinupe

          I understand, however, the MR set up actually puts the Corvette at an advantage over the rear engine set up of the 911. Add to that that the hp figures will be superior, the handling will most likely be superior and the braking should be also be at least equal. The only question will be fit and finish, and that seems to be an improvement over the previous generation. As a 911 owner I’m extremely curious to see what the Z06 looks like. I was considering a GT3 in a few years, but now I would consider this as well.

          • raikkonen

            Absolutely agree….I’m a 911 owner as well, but by no means married to or loyal to the brand…

            Again, the corvette does seem to be the value proposition, but as I said, there are so many more reasons that one chooses one car over another…that was the only point I was trying to get across.

            Very similar to a charger scat pack vs. a BMW M550i xdrive, similar performance-wise, similar size, totally different car/experience.

            Either way, I think even the new “base” C8 will be amazing, and the performance variants even more so…

            We shall see, but it definitely sets the bar for performance/value!!!!

    • Nordschleife

      And this is why I love options. Everyone can purchase what they like and I am glad you also consider the Corvette worthy.

  • SteersUright

    I just cant get over the high riding Panamera rear lights. Ruins the overall design for me. Thats just not the back of a 911.

  • StrangerGP

    gold rims on a 911, yuck 😉

  • Rani

    The C8 is looking better and better everyday. I like and respect Porsche for what it is but I’d rather get a C8 no question.

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