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2017 911 Carrera Review

A smooth set of turbos for a smooth set of wheels

Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in.

When I last left the Porsche 911 Carrera, it was the 991.1 version from 2013. It was a guards red cabriolet and severely underwhelming, especially when I picked up a buddy and belted two sets of golf clubs in the “back seats” for a Saturday round. It didn’t feel quick or even particularly sharp that day. The only saving grace was the visual comedy of the two scarf-wearing gentlemen in the front. THE car, one of my favorites, felt like copy of a copy of its former self.

Well, the 911 is back, baby, and I think we’re (I’m) going to stick with calling it “the small-t turbo.” Or maybe lil’ turbo. No ... small-t turbo. By now you’ve heard: the entire 911 lineup is turbocharged, and the Carrera and Carrera S use two of them with the company’s new 3.0-liter flat six. We first drove the 2017 911 back in November on the international launch, and our man J.P. Vettraino broke down all the bits and pieces. Today we’ll just quickly go over the big chunks.

Visually, the small t Carrera gets bigger front grilles, black longitudinal strakes on the spoiler (instead of body-color transverse ones) and redesigned dimensional taillights with standard LEDs all around. The daytime running lights now have the four-dot signature in both front and back, though personally I don’t think I’m on board. I’d rather see dim projectors or something else entirely. It is distinctive, though.

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Date Posted: November 27, 2017