Porsche 997 Carrera S

Price
$ 95 Thousand
Top Speed
275km/h (mph)

It was in late 2004 that Porsche made changes in its 911 line of cars to arrive with the 997 Carrera S. However, the actual upgrade and improvement happened in 2009 when the Carrera S was given a new styling, a powerful engine displacement, the PDK dual-clutch transmission and a direct injection mode. Assembled in Stuttgart and Baden-Württemberg in Germany, this successor of the Porsche 996 proved to be a big hit among users. That explains it production years which span from 2004 till date. The sports car also came in the 4S variant. The ’4′ there means that the car is a 4-wheel drive. For the comfort and speed that it provides, the car arrives for a pretty decent price which ranges from $85,000 to $95,000.

Review

The latest upgraded Carrera S arrives with a 3.8-liter boxer engine with a wet sump lubrication. In terms of performance, the engine is able to chunk out nearly 400 bhp of power at 7,400 rpm. In terms of torque, the values read as 325 lb-ft at 7,400 rpm. The upgrades in 2009 have resulted in the 7-speed PDK (Porsche Doppelkupplung) transmission which works along with the dual-clutch to churn out an amazing performance. The dual clutch becomes necessary as the PDK consists of two gear boxes. On top of this, the direct fuel-injection system optimizes combustion and increases fuel efficiency. Such an economical engine is still able to throw out a top speed of over 275 km/h. The car accelerates from 0 km/h to 100 km/h in under 4.3 seconds.

Interior

The entire focus of the cockpit is on the driver and the interiors are built along this premise. The gear stick and all the other controls are within easy reach from the small and comfortable steering wheel. The wheel has buttons for audio, navigation, telephone and on-board computer. Behind the wheel are large dials and gauges indicating the major parameters. The seats and dash are upholstered in sporty leather. The car boasts of a ton of features. Apart from the dual-zone climate control, active suspension control and the luxurious stereo set, the car also arrives with a multi-functional PCM (Porsche Communication Management) and a high-end Burmester surround-sound system. The sunroof is a new addition and it adds a new dimension to the interiors as well as the exteriors of the car.

Exterior

This 2+2 seat coupe has been intelligently constructed from an aluminum-steel composite while all the body shell components have been galvanized in steel. The general looks are like that of a standard Porsche 911 with a few enhancements and exceptions. The front apron has been integrated with the air-takes while the rear has an automatically extending spoiler. The under-body too has been paneled and the windows have been given a water-repellent coat. The car slopes towards its rear and ends in the powerful quad-exhausts. The large headlamps are complemented by the wide tail lamps and the car has the smiling face which is distinctive of all Porsche 911s. The sports car arrives in a wide range of colors.