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Issue 12
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Past Issues Index
Roadfly Magazine
Porsche Carrera GT3
Issue Twelve
May 25, 2004
Porsche 911 GT3
2004 New York Auto Show Coverage
BMW Promotes Chris Bangle
First Drive: 2004 Bentley Continental GT
Digital Camera Comparison & Review
ZF Sachs Nivomat Suspension
Preview: 2005 Porsche 911
Coming Next Issue
Beat Gas Prices
BBQ Guide
Dells Auto Museum
iPod FM Tuners

2005 Porsche Carrera Preview
By Steve Litscher
Editor in Chief

(Monday, May 10, 2004 11:35 AM EST)

2005 Porsche Carrera

2005 Porsche Carrera

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Due to be released in the second half of 2004 as a 2005 model, Porsche's latest incarnation of the timeless 911 includes a slew of new features, amenities and design improvements. While mainstream information is still somewhat limited, Roadfly was able to learn a little about what the newest 911 plans to deliver.

For the first time ever, Porsche will offer the 911 as two separate "models" - the base Carrera will be delivered with a 3.6-liter 325-hp flat six, while the Carrera S will come standard with a new 3.8-liter 355-hp flat six. Due later in 2005 are the Cabriolet and Carrera 4, with a Turbo and Carrera 4S due in 2006. To satisfy the racing crowd, Porsche says a GT3 and GT2 will be available sometime in 2007. Targa fans may want to hold on to their current rides - Porsche says they're phasing out the Targa. The Carrera and Carrera S will come standard with a 6-speed manual transmission, with the carryover Tiptronic as an option.

While the new body at first appears to be little more than a minor face lift, Porsche assures us that there are major changes lurking beneath the skin. Dimensionally speaking, the 997 measures 174 inches long, 71 inches wide, with a wheelbase of 92.5 inches. Porsche stats-junkies will note the 997 is about 1.5 inches wider and just a hair shorter (overall) than the 996, while the wheelbase remains the same. Porsche says that every body panel (save for the roof) has been reworked, which helps to lower drag to 0.28 from 0.30.

The 997's silhouette bulges more at the wheel openings to accommodate the Carrera S' standard 19-inch alloy wheels (base Carrera will ship with 18-inch alloys). Larger brakes will reside behind those new shoes, with ceramic discs available as an option on the Carrera S.

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