As we promised in last week’s roundup of expected changes for new Porsche models, we’re covering the 911 Porsche separately. That’s not only because the Porsche 911 is the definitive Porsche model, but also because there are more changes coming to this part of the Porsche lineup than any other. Here’s what Westford Porsche fans should expect from the 2017 Porsche 911 at Porsche of Nashua. 

First, let’s look at departures. 2016 was the last year for the Porsche 911 GT3, the Porsche 911 GT3 RS and Porsche 911 R. The other departure is naturally-aspirated engines. For the foreseeable future, everything in the Porsche 911 lineup — fourteen cars in all — will have turbocharged engines. The company hints that when the GT editions return to the lineup, naturally-aspirated engines will return with them. They also warn that it will be some time before that happens.

So what does that leave? A 3.0 liter twin-turbocharged flat six engine powers the Porsche 911 Carrera and Carrera S trims. The former is tuned for 370 horsepower, while the latter delivers 420 horsepower. The remainder get a larger twin-turbo 3.8 liter flat six engine that makes 540 horsepower or 580 horsepower in the S trim. Other changes for 2017 include larger brakes and a new version of the PCM (Porsche Communication Management)/Porsche Connect infotainment system.

When you’re dealing with a legendary car with a five-decade heritage, even small changes can raise eyebrows. However, if we’ve learned anything in our years as a Westford Porsche dealership, it’s this: Porsche spends years designing and refining even the smallest changes, leaving nothing to chance. We’re certain that the 2017 Porsche 911 models will do the name every bit as proud as their fifty years’ worth of predecessors. Find out more by visiting the Porsche of Nashua showroom at 170 Main Dunstable Road today for a test drive.