New Porsche 911 Carrera goes turbocharged!

  • Sep 07, 2015
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Porsche has revealed full details and pricing of the new 2016 Porsche 911 Carrera ahead of the car’s official debut at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show. With that, Porsche has also put an end to the longstanding speculations regarding the introduction of forced induction into the ‘mainstream’ 911 Carrera range. The Porsche Carrera has finally taken the ‘turbocharged’ route!

The biggest news is of course the switch to turbocharged engines from naturally aspirated in the new 911 Carrera. However, in order to distinguish between the new and the old models without actually getting behind the wheel, Porsche has carried out a fair bit of tweaks on the outside and inside of the car. In Porsche’s speak, the 911 Carrera has been ‘visually refined’ and rightly so! The exterior changes are subtle with the new version featuring new four-point LEDs, redone air-intakes, re-profiled tail-lamps and a new engine cover at the back.

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Inside, the new model receives updated Porsche Communication Management (PCM) touchscreen infotainment system, clubbed with Wi-Fi and Apple Carplay. Sport Chrono Package with a 918 Spyder-inspired four-mode switch rotary knob on the steering wheel is optional. The rotary knob allows the driver to alter the vehicle’s setup, offering various adjustments on Porsche’s Active Suspension Management (PASM), PDK transmission and sports exhaust.


Customers of the 2016 911 Carrera will also find a new ‘Sport Response’ button in the cabin. This button, as per Porsche, prepares the drivetrain of the car for 20 seconds of maximum acceleration as the engine management system pre-selects the optimum gear for a more spontaneous response for a short time. Among other driver’s aids, there’s adaptive cruise control with a coasting function that brakes automatically when the vehicle is going downhill so as to keep the vehicle moving at a pre-set speed.

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Coming to the main improvement in the 911 Carrera series then; the new ‘turbocharged’ powertrain. At the entry point, the 911 Carrera does away with the old 3.4-litre naturally aspirated flat-six petrol engine for a newly engineered 3.0-litre twin-turbo flat-six, pushing the peak horsepower output to 370PS- over 20PS more than before. The more powerful, and more expensive, Carrera S gets the same engine but with power boosted to 420PS- again, a 20PS improvement over the outgoing model. Torque figure has been upped in both the models by 60Nm; peak-torque figures for the Carrera and Carrera S stand at 450Nm and 500Nm, respectively.

Coupled with Porsche’s dual-clutch PDK automatic transmission, the new 911 Carrera and Carrera S will hit 0-100km/h in 4.2 and 3.9 seconds, respectively (faster by 0.2 seconds over the the outgoing model). The top speed has also seen an increase; the Carrera now tops out at 295km/h (an increase of six km/h) while the Carrera S can now reach up to 308km/h (an increase of four km/h).

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Turbocharging has helped in bringing the fuel consumption down in the new model. The 911 Carrera with PDK transmission has a claimed fuel efficiency of just 7.4 litres per 100 km (a reduction of 0.8 litre per 100 km), while the 911 Carrera S with PDK consumes 7.7 litres per 100 km (1.0 litre less than before).

The new 2016 Porsche 911 Carrera models will first go on sale in Germany on December 12, 2015, in coupe and convertible body-forms. Prices start from 96,605 euros (approx. Rs 72 lakh) and go all the way up to 123,856 euros (approx. Rs 92.3 lakh).

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