2017 Porsche 911 Carrera S Cabriolet PDK Test Drive

2017 Porsche 911 Carrera S Cabriolet PDK Test Drive
Porsche officially says the 2017 911 Carrera S cabriolet with the PDK automatic transmission and the Sport Chrono collection can speed from zero to 60 mph in 3.9 seconds. In practical it takes just 3.2 seconds. So mannerly Porsche is, misrepresenting decency like that. Surely Porsche knows that its most powerful rear-wheel-drive ragtop 911 ever can outaccelerate many other sub-four-second automobiles such as the BMW i8 (3.6 seconds) and the Jaguar F-type R (3.5 seconds). The Germans may or may not have known until now that it could beat the far more powerful and high-value Ferrari California T (3.3 seconds) and it does.

Nor does this lovely Sapphire Blue all-metal Carrera S cabriolet talk too loudly about its broad awesomeness. The only overtly battleful visuals on our experiment vehicle were the elective matte-black 20-inch RS Spyder Design machines ($2370), which approached covered in the same staggered-width Pirelli P Zero tires (245/45 up front and 305/30 in back) as the 580-hp Turbo S. Otherwise, it looks like beautiful much every other Carrera convertible.

And there are a lot of them here, although none could beat this vehicle in a stoplight resistance unless they’re late-model Turbos with a superior T, and even those aren’t much fast. However present the 911 there are acceptable structures to disburse $145K, our cabriolet turned at least a few heads, mostly on record of its impressive, looking blue colorant job. While nearly everyone had lots of emotion for the extra-cost ($710) colorant, few seemed to notice the brand-new fascias, the inboard-located sport-gas exhaust pipes, or the plumb positions in the rear motor cover that designate this as a 991.2 model.

For 2017 transported an acceptable-realized and Apple CarPlay enabled information and entertainment system, a 918-inspired steering wheel, and three-dimensional taillamps, among other parts. Another affirmative to his second request, because whether it’s the 370-hp Carrera or the 420-hp Carrera S, these brand-new turbo 3.0-liter motors are spectacularly responsive, torquey, and cloying music all the path to their 7400-rpm redlines. And one needn’t keep them in the loftiest part of the rev extent to use all their might, making them more tractable in daily use. There also are fuel-efficiency merits of some 12 proportion, according to Porsche, although those can be unidentifiable in real-world driving.

Finally, we’d respond the PDK request with one second, since that’s how much moment, give or take an second, by which this experiment vehicle beaten the 2013 model’s zero-to-60 mph, 5-to-60-mph, and quarter-mile times. The 3.0-liter motor’s impressive 420 horsepower and 368 lb-ft of torque beat the 3.8-liter’s 400 and 325, with limit torque now accessible from 1700 rpm versus 5600 rpm for the aged 3.8-liter. Incidentally, this vehicle’s acceleration times are virtually same to those of a 2017 Carrera 4S coupe, which measured an unnoticeable 32 pounds less but had the friction merit of all-wheel drive. As with that vehicle, however, we were not able to get anywhere close to the EPA’s 24-mpg combined evaluating, we oversaw only 14 mpg during our week in the droptop. So the Carrera S cabriolet is really fast. And with 1.00 g of side grasping, it really implements, if not quite as tenaciously as some other Carreras at up to 1.06 g’s. Stopping to an inaction from 70 mph was completed in 146 feet. So much for the idea that going roofless necessarily degrades performance.

And doing so increases pleasure of the vehicle’s alcoholic aural soundtrack. Debased the roof on a lukewarm evening which cansteering be done at up to 31 mph and you’ll perceive the even-six’s automatic sonatum in full surround sound. The dual-mode gas exhaust was part of a $6290 Sport collection, which also included the Sport Chrono collection, SportDesign side mirrors, a small-diameter GT Sport steering wheel, and four-wheel steering to sharpen controlling at speed and to ease putting and mobility at debased rates.

Other options included the $850 lane-change aid system, $2320 energy front sport rooms with 14-path adjustability, the $3850 expanded leather collection, the $3970 Premium collection Plus (heated and cooled front rooms, keyless starting, LED headlights, auto-dimming mirrors, and more). We’d have happily saved $955 by neglecting this vehicle’s inferior blue-painted indoor trim, the $430 rear-footwell lighting. We’re not convinced what it costs to regenerate a havocked front fascia, but it’s likely more than the $2590 front-axle elevate system, so that option might be worthy.

All those enhances arranged on top of the PDK-equipped Carrera S cabriolet’s prudent $119,950 base value proved in an impressive whole of $144,805. That beginning illustration is $4900 impressive than the 2016 model and $12,300 more than the coupe, which is a lot of coinage for a retractile roof, no concern how wonderfully met and well insulated it is. Porsche may not like to boast, but it certainly isn’t shy with its determining . This is the fast rear-drive ragtop Porsche we’ve ever try-out.

Starting Price $119,950
Vehicle Type 2 door convertible, rear engine, rear wheel drive
Engine twin-turbocharged, intercooled DOHC 24-valve flat-6, direct fuel injection
Transmission 7-speed dual-clutch automatic, manual shifting mode
Horsepower 420 hp @ 6500 rpm
Torque 368 lb-ft @ 1700 rpm
Displacement 182 cu in, 2981 cc
Wheelbase 96.5 in
Length 177.1 in
Width 71.2 in
Height 50.8 in
Curb weight 3512 lb
Passenger volume 70 cu ft
Cargo volume 5 cu ft
0-60 mph 3.2 sec
0-100 mph 7.8 sec
Top speed 189 mph
Rolling start (5-60 mph) 4.4 sec
Top gear(30-50 mph) 2.5 sec
Top gear(50-70 mph) 2.6 sec
Braking (70-0 mph) 146 ft
Fuel economy (city/highway) 22/28 mpg
C/D observed 14 mpg
Pros amazing acceleration, delightfully visceral, near quiet top action
Cons dry, twice the value of a 718 Boxster S