Priced from £82,793 (£92,438 for the Cabriolet), the new Carrera line is open for ordering now with deliveries beginning later in the year.
The new entry-level Porsche 911 Carrera now produces 385 horsepower from its 3.0-litre twin-turbo flat-six engine. That’s 15 horsepower more than its predecessor, although the Carrera S still has a clear advantage, with 450 horsepower.
All models use an eight-speed PDK dual-clutch automatic gearbox: a manual is unavailable.
In basic 911 Carrera Coupe guise, the new model accelerates from 0-62mph in 4.2 seconds. That’s the new benchmark opening gambit for latest-generation 911 performance.
Option the Sport Chrono Package and this dips a further 0.2 seconds, to four seconds dead. Top speed? 182mph.
Porsche says the Carrera and Carrera S are otherwise surprisingly similar. The cheaper Carrera differs with its smaller 19-inch alloy wheels and brakes. It also has alternative, individual exhausts tailpipe covers.
It uses the same 10.9-inch touchscreen display as the Carrera S, though: this is a feature that’s really helped move Porsche on in terms of infotainment. It uses the same semi-digital instrument binnacle too.
Porsche adds it will roll out an all-wheel drive Carrera 4 in coming weeks, for those who want better wet-weather traction without quite the firepower of the Carrera S range.