When you think of Porsche, you will almost undoubtedly visualise one of the incredible 911 generations. Ever since its launch, the 911 has been a defining member of not only Porsche’s stunning range but the entire sports car genre. Continuing the 911’s spirit of innovation, the newest generation 911 is upon us and it’s here to change the game once again.
Revolutionising the 911 range, the centrepiece of this next generation Porsche 911 is a new twin-turbo power plant that offers incredibly direct response and torque throughout the RPM range. The new engine revs up to 7,500rpm and offers the Carrera an extra 20bhp over the previous generation; this is further complimented by an additional 60nm of torque. Two different 3.0 litre, 6-cylinder variants are available; a 370bhp version that offers 0-62mph in 4.4 seconds (with PDK) and a Carrera S version that offers 0-62mph in just 3.9 seconds and a top speed of 190mph. As well as the improved performance stats, the move to a twin-turbo engine also allows the new 911 to offer a considerable reduction in fuel consumption (up to 13%) and reduced emissions.
Handling has also been improved thanks to the Porsche Active Suspension Management system (PASM) that is standard across all new 911’s for the first time ever. The system allows the next generation 911 an additional 10mm of ground clearance over previous models whilst still remaining incredibly sporty and responsive. Previously reserved solely for the 911 Turbo and 911 GT3, rear wheel steering has been made available for the new S models; should this option be specified, a world of extra nimble handling and stability is unlocked.
Ever since the very first Carrera models, the 911 has always been an incredible sports car that can be used daily, this newest variant is no different. In order to assist with steep gradients, rough ground and speed bumps an optional lift system can be specified to offer an additional 40mm of clearance at the front of the vehicle. Assisting the driver on the move, Lane Change Assist can be specified to allow confidence at all times; utilising radar, an illuminated warning is displayed on the appropriate side mirror of the car should a vehicle rapidly approach from behind or be present in the blind spot.
Whilst the traditional 911 DNA can be felt throughout the design of the new Carrera, a host of new exterior design elements can be discovered. Partially influenced by the need to facilitate new intake technology, the front of the car has been reshaped and features active air ducts that have put through the paces with the 918 Spyder. Using small automatically closing flaps to control air flow, the system can help to reduce drag and improve fuel efficiency during every day driving when closed but allow superior engine cooling whilst open in SPORT or SPORT PLUS mode. The resulting look of the front end is somewhat more aggressive than previous 911’s, this sporty look is continued on the rear of the vehicle where longitudinally arranged slats on the rear grille, also in aid of cooling and induction, create a strong new look.
A familiar silhouette sees the flowing roofline return once again, this time concluding at a newly sculpted rear flank that facilitates new three-dimensional LED taillights and a centre mounted, twin tailpipe, optional sports exhaust system. The system consists of two catalytic converters and rear silencer to create a system that is capable of a symphony of intense sports car sound at the touch of a button.