Porsche 911 (997) (2004–2008)
The 911/997 was introduced in 2004 with two models - the 911 Carrera with a 3,596cc 325PS six-cylinder ‘boxer’ engine and the 911 Carrera S with a newly-developed 3,824cc 355PS engine. This has a torque output of 400Nm and accelerates from 0-60 mph in 4.6 seconds. The Carrera manages 0-60mph in 4.8 seconds while top speeds are 182mph and 177mph.
CO2 Carrera manual 266g/km; CO2 Carrera S 277g/km.
Length 4,427mm, width 1,808mm.
Both have a newly-developed six-speed manual gearbox and revised chassis dynamics, which include active suspension called Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM). In normal setting this provides a sporty and comfortable balance to the suspension while engaging the sport mode makes the suspension firmer, providing enhanced agility for enthusiastic drivers. PASM is fitted as standard on the S model and available as an option on the Carrera.
A further option for both models is a sports suspension package, which lowers the body by 20mm and is offered in combination with a mechanical limited-slip differential. The Carrera now has, as standard, 18-inch alloy wheels with 235/40 ZR 18 tyres at the front and 265/40 ZR 18 tyres at the rear. For the first time, 19-inch wheels are available on the Porsche 911 and the Carrera S is equipped with 19-inch wheels with 235/35 ZR 19 tyres at the front and 295/30 ZR 19 tyres at the rear.
The result of the new exterior design includes a wider track and more emphasis on the waist. Other features of the evolutionary design are new circular headlamps, more prominent bumpers and wheelarches, dual-arm exterior mirrors, altered seam characteristics and a more aerodynamic rear spoiler.
It went on in UK on September 18th 2004 and all models have Porsche Stability Management (PSM) fitted as standard plus full leather interior trim and graduated tinted windscreen.
6-speed Tiptronic torque convereter automatic transmission offered as an option. CO2 Carrera Tiptronic 270g/km; Carrera S Tiptronic 283g/km
With the 911 Targa 4 (325 bhp) and the 911 Targa 4S (355 bhp), Porsche is, for the first time, offering the Targa exclusively with permanent all-wheel drive and a body that is 44mm wider at the rear. Like their predecessor (the Type 996), these have a large retractable glass roof and an opening rear window.
Cloth top cabrio introduced for Carrera and Carrera S.
Power of 3.8 litre Carrera S increased to 375PS. 19" wheels standard. Very slightly longer at 4,435mm. 7-speed PDK twin-clutch automatic transmission offered with steering wheel shifters. CO2 emissions 254g/km for manual and 250g/k, for PDK.