992 Porsche 911 Carrera and Carrera Cabriolet debut

The 992 Porsche 911 range has been expanded with the introduction of the base Carrera model, which is offered as a coupe and cabriolet. For now, both are offered with rear-wheel drive only, with all-wheel drive versions badged ‘Carrera 4’ arriving in the future.

Being the entry-level 911 that money can buy, the Carrera models come with a 3.0 litre turbocharged flat-six with 385 PS (380 hp) and 450 Nm of torque, which is 65 PS (64 hp) and 80 Nm less than Carrera S models. However, compared to the previous 991-generation cars, it gains 15 PS (15 hp). Both cars get an eight-speed dual-clutch PDK transmission as standard, including a Wet Mode for safety reasons.

In terms of performance, the 911 Carrera Coupe will accelerate from zero to 100 km/h in 4.2 seconds, or four seconds should the optional Sport Chrono Package be specified. The cabriolet meanwhile, takes 4.4 seconds to do the same feat, and with the Sport Chrono Package, this is lowered to 4.2 seconds.

This is largely attributed to the weight that comes with the folding roof, which adds an extra 70 kg on top of coupe’s 1,505 kg. As a result, the coupe also has a marginally higher top speed of 293 km/h compared to the cabriolet that tops out at 291 km/h.

By comparison, the Carrera S takes 3.7 seconds (3.5 seconds with the SC package) to complete the century sprint and maxes out at 308 km/h, while the Carrera S Cabriolet needs 3.9 seconds (3.7 seconds with the SC package) and peaks at 306 km/h.

Visually, the base models are largely similar to the more expensive offerings, save for the smaller wheels fitted. The mixed-size approach sees 19-inch alloy wheels at the front (with 235/40 profile tyres), while the rear gets 20-inch units (with 295/35 profile tyres). Stopping power is provided on both axles by 330-mm brake discs with black, four-piston monobloc fixed calipers.

Inside, you get many of features found on the 911 Carrera S, including the 10.9-inch touchscreen for the Porsche Communication Management (PCM) infotainment system and seven-inch instrument cluster display with a centre analogue rev counter that come as standard.

In Germany, the 911 Carrera Coupe is priced from 104,655 euros (RM481,802), while the 911 Carrera Cabriolet starts from 118,935 euros (RM547,543). Both are available for order now in the brand’s home country.

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