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911 S gains power while most Porsche models gain price for 2017

Porsche 911 S variant buyers will have the option of increasing power output by 22kW.

Porsche has updated its entire 2017 model range, adding new connectivity features, exterior colour options and offering a power boost in 911 S models, but the overhaul will come with price rises across most of the brand’s vehicle line-up.

Starting with the Boxster and Cayman twins, Porsche will ask between $5500 and $5600 more for 718-generation models, while all versions of the perennial 911 will incur a hike between $3700-$5700 and the recently released new-generation Panamera luxury limos will rise by $5100-$7900.

The mid-size Macan SUV rises $3400-$4800, though the Cayenne large SUV features the smallest price increase of between $1300 and $3000.

To justify the bumped up pricing though, Porsche has installed a new version of its Connect Plus, an updated infotainment system that was previously compatible with Apple CarPlay.

The new Connect Plus features an integrated SIM card reader that will allow for Wifi hotspot functionality on the go and connection to the Porsche Connect app, which allows owner information including calendar entries, navigation destination and contacts to be displayed on the centre-mounted entertainment and information screen.

The upgraded power pack will set buyers back at least $24,580.

Porsche has also added a Crayon grey colour option for its 911, Cayman and Boxster sportscars, as well as Saffron Yellow metallic for its mid-rear-engine performance flagship model.

Golden Yellow metallic with contrasting black, yellow and gold interior is also made available to 911 Turbo S variants, while its sports exhaust system – which is optional across the 911 range – can be optioned with gloss black exhaust pipes.

Cayenne buyers can now order their SUVs in Purpite metallic or a special Palladium metallic, while the Panamera adds Burgundy Red metallic and Ristretto Brown to its exterior colour-options list.

Macan and Panamera interiors can also be optioned in black or luxor beige leather, while the luxury sedan can also be had with a Cohiba or Truffle brown leather finish. 

Finally, 911 S variants – including the Carrera S, Carrera 4S and Targa 4S – have access to a power boost package, raising output by 22kW to a total output of 331kW/500Nm from the turbocharged 3.0-litre flat six.

The upgraded power pack will set buyers back at least $24,580 and the extra performance will come courtesy of larger turbos and a new sports exhaust system.

For the price, buyers will also get the Sport Chrono package with dynamic engine mounts and a tweaked brake cooling system.

However, fuel economy takes a 0.7 litres per 100km hit and carbon dioxide emissions increase by about 12 grams per km.

Are Porsche’s price rises across almost all of its vehicle range justified by the included extra equipment? Tell us what you think in the comments below.