Brand purists are simultaneously the best and worst buyers a car company can have flocking to its showrooms, and few automakers understand this better than Porsche.
Still, this hasn't kept the German sport car builder from pushing past the boundaries of its own illustrious past, first with front-engine V8s the 928 , then while swapping air-cooled sixes for modern water-cooled designs the 996 , and now by going all-in on the turbo zeitgeist with the 2017 Porsche 911 Carrera.
If it comes across as strange that a car company would catch heat from fans for having the audacity to actually boost the power and responsiveness of its most iconic vehicles, welcome to the terrordome that is Internet owner's clubs.
Gone are the naturally-aspirated flat-six engines that have served the entry-level versions of the 911 for more than 50 years, and in their place is a new, smaller-displacement unit that counts on a turbocharger to best the output offered by the previous model year Carreras.
Specifically, the 3.0-liter, horizontally-opposed six-cylinder is available in two trim levels, developing 370 horsepower and 331 lb-ft of torque in the base 911 coupe and a hefty 450 horses and 368 lb-ft of twist when stepping up to the Carrera S. All-wheel drive is of course also available and came with my 4S tester , while transmission choices mirror those of 2016 seven-speed manual is standard, seven-speed dual-clutch PDK is optional .
This is no minor improvement over the base 3.4-liter motor that previously came with the 911 Carrera, as the smaller but more robust turbo unit offers 20 additional horsepower along with 44 extra lb-ft of twist.