What is it?
It's the cheapest way into Porsche's revamped 911 - if its now-higher £76,412 entry price can ever be determined 'cheap'. It's also the slowest 911, that is, if the now more powerful 369bhp Carrera's 0-62mph time of 4.6secs should be labelled as such.
Like the faster 414bhp S, which gets modified turbocharger compressors, a unique exhaust system and different engine management tuning in order to achieve its greater outputs, the standard Carrera sports a bi-turbo 2981cc flat-six petrol engine in order to meet stricter emissions regulations. Cue the wincing and sharp intakes of breath.
Carrera models don't, unlike the S, get the option of rear-wheel steer, but Porsche has given its seven-speed manual gearbox a new clutch, designed to be easier on the left leg during spirited driving and over long journeys. It also has longer gearing from third onwards owing to the engine's extra torque, while opting for the least amount of power brings the advantage of range-best official fuel economy figures of 34.0mpg, although the PDK ’box brings with it lower CO2 emissions.
So what else do you get for your £76k? Well, new daytime running lights and redesigned tail-lights, a different bonnet design, clever front air intakes that automatically open and close and standard PASM adjustable dampers with a 10mm lowered ride height. Inside sits Porsche's brand new PCM infotainment system, too.