For the next revelation, hardcore 911 fans may wish to sit down.
After having already lost its air cooling, the boxer engine fitted in the new 911 will also lose its natural aspiration. That’s right, the 911 is joining the turbo club. The new generation will have 3 litres of engine capacity and receive their extra punch from a bi-turbo setup. Porsche fans can however take some consolation: Porsche will continue to use a 6 cylinder boxer engine. All this combined means this new generation of the iconic sports car will make serious gains in performance and handling.
Performance and Efficiency: The 911’s Bi-Turbo Engine
The Porsche 911 Carrera will squeeze 370 BHP and 450 Nm from its three litre boxer engine, with the Carrera S managing an impressive 420 BHP and 500 Nm. The higher performance of the turbos in the 911 Carrera S is thanks to specially adapted compressors, a dedicated exhaust system and changes to the engine regulation. The new boxers will be able to reach 7,500 rpm. Despite the new turbocharged engines, Porsche has promised the sought-after boxer sound shall remain.
The new engines also deliver in terms of fuel efficiency. Some models will be 12% more frugal, saving up to a litre every 100km when compared with their current counterparts. The 911 Carrera with PDK (Porsche’s Dual Clutch Transmission) will now drink only 7.4 litres per 100km, saving 0.8l/100km. The Carrera S with PDK will squeeze 100km out of 7.7 litres, a whole litre less than the previous model. Of course, that’s all well and good, but the question everyone wants the answer to is “how does this affect the 911 as a thoroughbred driving machine?”. Thankfully, this new model will continue to honour the 911 moniker.
The Carrera Coupé with PDK and Porsche’s Sport Chrono Package, now controlled by a switch on the steering wheel, will sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.2 seconds, an improvement of two tenths of a second over its predecessor. The 911 Carrera S with PDK and Porsche’s Sport Chrono Package will hit 100 km/h in an eye-watering 3.9 seconds, also shaving two tenths off the previous Carrera S. The Carrera’s top speed is now an impressive 295 km/h, an increase of 6 km/h, whilst the Carrera S will gain another 4 km/h, giving it a top speed of 308 km/h. In case anybody should have any remaining doubts: the new 911’s time to complete the Nürburgring’s infamous “Nordschleife” beats the old one by a staggering 10 seconds, and will now get round the notorious circuit in 7 minutes and 30 seconds.
A new chassis sets new standards
The Sport Chrono Package has also been given somewhat of an overhaul; the mode switch on the steering wheel will be joined by a new “Sport Response” button. Upon pressing this unassuming little button, the whole drive train is readied for 20 seconds of heart-in-mouth acceleration, perfect for overtaking. In addition, the PDK gearbox will select the optimal gear and the engine management will be adapted for more rapid response times. Personal profiles can be created in the settings menu.
Progress has also be made further down the car. The re-tuning of the PASM (Porsche Active Suspension Management) chassis, a standard on all new Carrera models, means the Porsche will sit 10mm closer to the road. Additionally, in order to better master both its roles as thoroughbred sports machine and comfortable road car, the profiles of the adaptive shock absorbers have been further tweaked for purpose.The 911 goes online
New double-spoked rims also adorn the facelifted 911. All models of the new 911 will feature broader rear rims (11.5” instead of 11”), and will run on 10mm wider 305mm tyres. The 911 Carrera S can optionally be ordered with rear-wheel steering. For higher everyday useability, the front axle of all new Carreras can be fitted with a hydraulic lift system, which will lift the 911’s nose by 40mm at the touch of a button. Perfect for tricky kerbs and speed-humps.
Hardcore 911 fans only have a couple of small external modifications with which to accustom themselves. These include new headlights with daytime running lights, reworked doorhandles, a newly designed boot-lid with vertical blades, as well as new rear lights and skirting. On the inside, buyers of the new 911 Carrera can look forward to a new steering wheel modelled on that of the 918, and a new on-board entertainment system. This will feature an internet-connected navigation system, a 7 inch touchscreen, and smartphone connectivity via WiFi or Apple CarPlay.
Driver assistance systems have also received an upgrade. A multi-collision brake is fitted as standard in all models; the adaptive cruise control has also received a performance upgrade.
As one could probably expect, considering the numerous upgrades the facelifted Porsche 911 has received, the price has also been “upgraded” for its launch on the 12th December. For the 911 Carrera,you will then have to fork out a princely 94,344 euros, for the S model 108,505 euros. The 911 Carrera Cabriolet will be yours for 107,434 euros, the Carrera S Cabriolet for 121,595 euros.