In case you have been saving all of your pennies to buy a shiny new Porsche, the good news is that you might be able to save some of them. That is, if your stash of pennies equals about $98,000. For that paltry sum of money, you can now buy Porsche’s “entry-level” 911 Carrera, which packs a huge punch for the money spent. In most cases, we would call that “value.” But when it comes to buying a Porsche, we call it “affordability.”
What do you get with the more-affordable 911 Carrera?
The Porsche 992 generation debuted last fall and it arrived with the release of the more powerful and sporty Carrera S models. However, the recent release of the new 911 Carrera coupe and cabriolet models means that there are more affordable ways to now own a new 911.
Unlike your typical commuter car, though, a base Porsche doesn’t mean blank switches and an anemic engine. In fact, the Porsche 911 Carrera comes with a bevy of features and boat-load of performance that you would expect out of a sports car in this class.
For starters, under the hood of the 911 Carrera lies a twin-turbo, flat-six engine that produces 379 horsepower and 331 lb-ft of torque. For anyone keeping score, the engine is rated at nine more horsepower than the outgoing 911 Carrera, and the same amount of torque.
The engine is mated to a dual-clutch, eight-speed automatic, and, according to Porsche, this combination will get the 911 Carrera up to 60 mph in 4 seconds and on up to a top speed of 182 mph.
Even more performance
In addition to a stout engine and transmission setup, the Carrera 911 will come standard with Porsche’s Active Suspension Management (PASM) system, which is an electronic damping system that can be set in “normal” or “sport” modes.
Additionally, rear-axle steering is included. Like a lot of other luxury and performance, this means that the rear wheels turn in either the opposite or the same direction as the front ones to give you more low- and high-speed control.
And finally, for stopping duties, the 911 Carrera will have 330mm brake rotors and four-piston brake calipers, however, larger ceramic-composite brakes are available.
A wider body
In past 911 Carrera iterations, the body that Porsche uses for the entry-level car is typically more narrow, as they reserve the wider bodies for the all-wheel-drive trim levels.
However, with the new generation, the brand decided to use the same body for all of the trims, which means that the new 911 Carrera is 1.7-inches wider than the outgoing model.
And as well all know, a wider track means more stability. This car is meant to be balanced, after all.
A new interior
On the inside, the 911 Carrera has all of the leather and soft-touch materials you would come to expect out of a car in this category. A large, analog tachometer sits right in front of the driver and is accompanied by two digital screens on either side.
The main highlight, though, is the large 10.9-inch touchscreen that sits in the middle of the dashboard. It takes care of all the infotainment duties while adding a futuristic touch on an otherwise classic car.
An affordable performer
The Porsche 911 Carrera starts at $97,400 for the coupe body style and $110,000 for the cabriolet. It might sound like a lot, but compared to its Carrera S stablemates, you’ll be paying around $15,000 less.
So gather up your pennies and head down to the nearest Porsche dealer and let them know that you’re looking for the “most-affordable” 911 that they have.