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The new-generation Porsche ® 911 ™ Carrera ® Coupe and Cabriolet continue a legend born with the first 911 in 1965. Completely redesigned for model-year 1999 and enhanced with more power and interior upgrades for 2000, the 911 Carrera benefits from several detail changes for 2001.

Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe
Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe
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On top of significant interior enhancements it received in model-year 2000, the 911 Carrera features upgraded trunk carpet quality and additional functions for the standard remote entry system. All Porsche models for 2001 feature new light-emitting diode (LED) interior orientation lights.

One LED provides gentle illumination of the cockpit and center console. An LED on the driver’s side door handle illuminates the ignition lock and light switch, and an LED illuminates each door latch.

Porsche 911 Carrera Convertible
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The cabriolet joined the 911 model series in spring 1998. In technical terms it is based on the 911 coupé, featuring the same engine, power transmission and suspension.

For 2001, Porsche has grouped some popular options into packages. For example, auto-dimming inside and outside rear-view mirrors have been combined with rain-sensing windshield wipers for one package. An additional standard interior color, Nephrite Green, was previously a special-order color. New available metallic exterior colors include Orient Red, Lapis Blue, Zanzibar Red, Seal Grey, and Meridian. Cinnamon Brown is a new special-order interior color.

Porsche 911 Carrera
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The new-generation 911 Carrera represents the first “clean-sheet” redesign of the legendary 911 since its introduction in 1965. Longer, wider, and sleeker than any previous 911, the current version of this legendary sportscar nevertheless maintains the unmistakable 911 profile and classic design cues.

The 911 Carrera is available as either a Coupe or Cabriolet model. In the 911 Carrera Coupe, the rear seatbacks fold down to create a flat cargo floor. The fully automatic power soft-top on the Cabriolet folds compactly into a compartment behind the rear seats. A solid tonneau cover fits flush against the body with the roof lowered, preserving the sleek, uncluttered appearance.

The 3.4-liter six-cylinder boxer engine in the 911 Carrera 4 produces 300 horsepower @ 6,800 rpm. A dual-stage resonance air intake system boosts power and torque at midrange engine speeds. With 258 lb.-ft. of peak torque at 4,600 rpm and at least 220 lb.-ft. available between 2,700 rpm-7,000 rpm, the 911 Carrera 4 can accelerate from rest to 62 miles per hour (0-100 km/h) in just 5.2 seconds. An aluminum cylinder block and heads make the engine light. Patented LOKASIL high-silicon cylinder liners help reduce friction and wear to such a level that Porsche can recommend a 15,000-mile (24,000 km) oil change interval and a 30,000-mile (48,000 km) oil filter change interval.

The Porsche-patented VarioCam ® system helps boost low-end and mid-range torque by varying valve timing between 1,250-5,120 rpm. Sequential multi-port fuel injection features separate fuel mixture control for each cylinder bank, and a coil-on-plug (“distributorless”) ignition system provides quick response and reliable operation. The ME 7.2 engine control module incorporates the E-Gas electronic throttle. In place of a traditional throttle cable setup, E-Gas electronically transmits pedal position to the engine control unit. The system provides even sharper throttle response and ensures low emissions.

The Porsche Stability Management system (PSM) system became an option for the 911 Carrera in model-year 2000 and is also newly optional for the 2001 Boxster ® and Boxster ® S. The system is standard on the 911 Carrera 4 and 911 Turbo. Using data from several sensor inputs, PSM can detect a loss of grip at the front or rear and reduce instability by applying braking to individual wheels and, if necessary, altering engine power. On slippery roads, PSM can help keep the 911 Carrera going in the direction the driver steers. The PSM system operates so quickly that most drivers likely will not feel it make corrections. The driver can disengage PSM with a dashboard switch.

However, for safety, PSM will engage under braking and then disengage when the driver lifts off the brake. While confident in the system’s ability as a dynamic handling aid, Porsche cautions drivers that PSM cannot counteract the laws of physics.

The 911 Carrera offers a choice between a precise-shifting standard six-speed manual and the optional Tiptronic ® S five-speed automatic transmission. The six-speed manual features a dual-mass flywheel for low vibration and a hydraulic clutch for consistent performance.

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