2017 Porsche 911 Carrera PDK Review – Enter the Era of the Turbo



There’s no escaping emission regulations and emissions are a sports car’s worst enemy even for the 2017 Porsche 911 Carrera PDK. Companies try their best to come up with technologies in order to conform to the new standards. The current trend is downsizing displacement and equipping the engines with turbos to balance out the power lost in reducing the bore size where Ford’s EcoBoost setting a fine example. On Porsche’s end, purists are have to accept that the most of the naturally-aspirated top end production Porsches will be equipped with a smaller displacement engine but is paired with a turbo. To some that’s like tainting the vanilla experience like how the faster automatic transmission nowadays is accepted as better -performance-wise compared to manuals, smaller engines with turbos will soon be the norm.

2017 Porsche 911 Carrera PDK Review - Enter the Era of the Turbo

The 2017 Porsche 911 Carrera PDK Can Go Really Fast

All hope is not lost for purists though, with all “entry level” Boxster being equipped with turbo flat fours come next generation, the only choice for those looking for the classic Porsche power plant combo will be the base model 2017 Porsche 911 Carrera PDK where the turbos aren’t present.That aside, the 2017 model still retains the classic looks ever since the 911 was introduced. The classic silhouette and long overhangs make the 2017 911 as sexy as the other 911s. The Carerra adds some extra length for modest back seats for quick four-person trips. Under the hood of the review unit we have is the new 3-Liter six cylinder boxer engine that puts out 370hp and is mated to the super quick PDK 7-speed dual clutch transmission.

The 2017 911 Carrera PDK doesn’t have much difference than the previous model year. Minor changes include a few updates in the user interface of the PCM infotainment system, a new rotary knob on the steering wheel to change driving modes and aside from that, the cabin remains unchanged. With that in mind, the cabin overall is a fine place to spend time in with its quality materials and well-bolstered seats.

Driving the 2017 Porsche 911 Carrera PDK, it’s expected to be a quick vehicle. The smaller engine with the turbo makes the boost of torque very noticeable once the turbines spool up and it adds new character into the familiar Porsche handling characteristic, while the purists will look for the original experience, the updates are for the better.


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2017 Porsche 911 Carrera PDK Review – Enter the Era of the Turbo
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