A faster, whoosh-ier 911 is "just more fun" to drive
Step hard on the accelerator, and the turbocharged 911 reacts with the same acumen as its predecessor, albeit with significant whooshing noise in the background from the turbos. In theory, the 3.0-liter turbo flat-six delivers more punch than the outgoing 3.4 without a compromise to power -- 370hp for the Carrera and 420hp for the Carrera S tell you that much. In practice, you really feel it: the engine delivers peak torque by 5000rpm and keeps on screaming up to a redline of 7500rpm. Why? Like so many of the innovations to the '17 model, Porsche’s engineers defend it as, "just more fun."
Choosing a 911 with a clutch is rewarding in its own right, but the transmission to have is the lightning quick, seven-speed PDK dual-clutch automatic. It's a joy to use, executing shift after shift in milliseconds. There’s almost no turbo lag in everyday driving, and the robustness of Porsche's powertrain endures. If you're cool knowing your 911 is using boost to go faster, you’ll have no problem living with -- appreciating -- the technology of this engine.
Steering feel is just short of magically accurate, especially when compared to the numbed and overly boosted systems offered by the competition. The ride is stiff, but to call it “harsh” is to completely misunderstand the 911's mission: transmit just enough road information to be sporty, without overburdening passengers or chassis.