The latest 992-generation Porsche 911 has been available in Carrera S guise for some time. It has now been joined by the entry-level 911 Carrera which is priced from £82,793.
Entry-level it may be, but the 992-gen Carrera is still a pretty serious bit of kit. It’s powered by the same 3.0-litre flat-6 turbo engine as the Carrera S, produced 380bhp. That may be 64bhp down on the S, but it’s 15bhp more than the engine made in the old 991-gen Carrera.
The net result is that the Carrera dispatches the 0-62mph sprint in a claimed 4.2secs. And we all know that Porsche has a habit of underestimating acceleration figures. Taking the numbers at face value, the new car is 0.6secs quicker to 62mph than the old.
It’s worth noting that those numbers apply to the Carrera when fitted with an eight-speed dual-clutch PDK gearbox, the only transmission available at launch. Though it’s understood that a manual version will follow. The optional Sport Chrono Pack shaves two-tenths off the sprint, as well.
The Carrera’s chassis set-up is broadly the same as that of the Carrera S, including the new Wet Mode. The standard wheels are smaller – 19in front, 20in rear – as are the brakes, at 330mm all-round.
Twin – rather than quad – tailpipes, a smaller front splitter and clear headlight covers are the main visual clues to the Carrera’s identity when it’s stood next to a Carrera S.
The Carrera is, of course, available is both Coupe and Cabriolet guise. The drop top costs an oddly precise £9,645 more than the Coupe at £92,438. Though the price balloons alarmingly quickly once you delve into the options list.
We’d keep it simple and go for a Coupe in a dark colour with as few options as possible.
By Graham King