2017 Porsche 911 “Unveiling” at Porsche Huntsville
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Thursday, March 31, 2016
2017 Porsche 911 “Unveiling” at Porsche Huntsville
Porsche of Huntsville continues to generate a level of excitement that rivals a rock concert and once again they out did themselves. Last week the dealership invited local Porsche enthusiasts to be the first to see the 2017 911 Carrera, another awesome example of German engineering. The timeless design of the Porsche 911 has wowed the crowds for the last 54 years and continues to be the benchmark for all other sports cars to follow. Porsche of Huntsville often have special “First Look” or “Unveiling” events to show off the latest vehicles and this was another crowd pleaser. The guest were treated to food and drink in this state-of-the-art facility as they anticipated the next big thing from Porsche of Huntsville.
The showroom was filled with a larger than normal crowd of local VIP’s, salespersons, service team members and local Porsche Club members who wanted to see the sophisticated elegance of this new 2017 911 Carrera 4S in red carpet fashion. Always the gracious hosts and on hand to greet every single guest was General Manager George Jones (Century Automotive Group) and Tracy Jones (President-Century Automotive Group). Even though they both have tremendous responsibilities keeping them busy running the business, it’s always great to see this dynamic duo mingling with clients, friends and family as they also share in the excitement of launching a new vehicle.
General Manager George Jones (Century Automotive Group)
It was hard not to succumb to the temptation to peak under the silk car cover at the new 911, but guest would have to wait till the big moment arrived. Guests enjoyed chatting about their fondest memories in their own 911 and swapped stories of their favorite Porsche vehicles. As George got everyone’s attention, he gave a quick overview of the 911’s storied history and then turned it over to Mark Fry (Porsche Sales) who was more than eager to give the specific details of the new 2017 911 Carrera 4S Coupe in a spectacular color (Graphite Blue Metallic). He reminded the crowd that even though the car looked somewhat similar to the previous 911 model, the trained eye could see many changes….some were even lurking under the skin of this curvaceous body! The all-wheel drive 911 Carrera 4S received the new twin turbocharged 3.0 liter F-6 engine with a whopping 420 HP and 368 lb-ft. of torque. What’s significant about this new engine is an increase of 20 horsepower and 43 lb-ft. of torque over the naturally aspired 3.8 liter F-6 it replaces. Smaller displacement, yet more power should have been expected from a group that continues to push the limits of the performance driving experience! Porsche also boast that the new twin-turbo engine is 12 percent more fuel efficient than the engine it replaces on the new European Driving Cycle.
2017 911 Carrera 4S Coupe (Graphite Blue Metallic)
Other significant changes for this refined 911 included revised headlights, taillights, door handles, rear deck lid and louvers. The new Sport Chrono package adds a steering wheel mounted switch that allows the driver to select between Normal/Sport/Sport Plus/and Individual driving modes. Each one of these selections also adjust the PASM (Porsche Active Suspension Management) system, PDK transmission, and Sport Exhaust system to give the driver a choice of driving pleasure. The touch-screen PCM (Porsche Communication) connectivity and infotainment system is standard and takes your driving experience to the next level.
Let’s look at the stats of this new 911 Carrera 4S Coupe (as unveiled) and see what all the buzz is about:
Engine – Twin-Turbocharged 3.0 liter F-6
Horsepower – 420 HP
Torque – 368 lb. ft.
Transmission – Manual or PDK (7-speed dual-clutch automatic)
Top Speed – 188 mph
Zero to 60 mph – 3.9 sec. (3.6 sec with PDK and Sport-Chrono Package)
Price – MSRP from $89,400 on the base 911 Coupe ($110,300 on the 911 4S Coupe)*
*911 Carrera is offered in 14 different variants including the Coupe, Cabrio, Targa, R, and GT3
As if the crowd was not thrilled enough, Jon Cunha (Porsche Sales Manager) drove into the showroom a 2017 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S Cabrio painted in the ever popular GT Silver and as he lowered the top the guest gathered around to soak in the rich luxurious interior and begin asking questions about all the high-tech gadgets. To complete the trio of 911’s, another 2017 Carrera S Coupe in the GT Silver color was driven onto the service ramp for guest to enjoy.
It seems all great things must eventually come to an end, but it was safe to say the event was another “must see” for Porsche of Huntsville and guest who enjoyed the festivities could be seen taking one last peak at the new 911’s as they left the showroom.
(Photo courtesy of Porsche USA)
Porsche of Huntsville continues to provide Award winning sales experience, optimal customer service and offer the best showroom experience in the Southeast. Drop by today and see one of the sales associates and let them show you why a recent ad sums it up best “Every Porsche is designed to be Forever Amazing”.
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