Turbocharging Gives Facelifted Porsche 911 Carrera More Performance, Better Fuel Economy

After a long wait, Porsche has finally lifted the veils off the facelifted 911 Carrera. As usual with Porsche’s core sports car, the changes are more significant under the skin than on the surface.

The revised 911 Carrera gets turbocharged flat-six cylinder engines, a reworked chassis and a new infotainment system. Furthermore, rear-axle steering is available as an option for the Carrera models for the first time.

The base 911 Carrera gets a 3.0-liter bi-turbo flat-six engine producing 370PS (365hp) – an increase of 20PS compared to the previous model. The 911 Carrera S gets the same engine but with modified compressors, a specific exhaust system and tuned engine management, for an output of 420PS (414hp) – also a 20PS increase.

Torque is also up compared to the previous naturally-aspirated units, by 60Nm in each case (44lb-ft). The 911 Carrera has 450Nm (332lb-ft) of torque, while the 911 Carrera S has 500Nm (369lb-ft), delivered constantly from 1,700 rpm up to 5,000 rpm in both cases. The engine has a maximum speed of 7,500 rpm, more than conventional turbo engines.

Thanks to the new turbocharged engines, the 911 Carrera and 911 Carrera S are up to 12 percent more fuel efficient than before. The 911 Carrera with PDK transmission now averages just 7.4 l/100 kilometres (31.8 mpg US), while the 911 Carrera S with PDK returns 7.7 l/100 km (30.5 mpg US).

Performance-wise, the facelifted 911 Carrera Coupé with PDK and Sport Chrono Package sprints from zero to 100 km/h in 4.2 seconds – making it 0.2 seconds faster than its predecessor. The 911 Carrera S with PDK and Sport Chrono Package covers the same sprint in 3.9 seconds (also 0.2 seconds faster), making it the first 911 in the Carrera family go below the four second mark. Top speeds of both models have also increased: the 911 Carrera now reaches of 295 km/h (183 mph), while the 911 Carrera S hits 308 km/h (191 mph).

All Porsche 911 Carrera models feature a reworked PASM (Porsche Active Suspension Management) chassis which lowers the ride height by 10mm (0.39in), further improving stability during fast cornering. In addition, the new shock absorbers with wider spread characteristics are said to enhance comfort and improve the body connection during dynamic driving.

In terms of styling, the 911 Carrera features very subtle changes including new headlights with four-point daytime running lights, door handles without recess covers, a redesigned rear lid with vertical louvers and new rear lights including four-point brake lights. Inside, the new standard Porsche Communication Management infotainment system with a 7-inch multi-touch display offers is easier to use and offers more functions.

The facelifted 911 Carrera models will be launched in Germany on December 12, with prices starting from €96,605 for the Carrera and €110,766 for the Carrera S. In the US, the revised 911 Carrera will arrive in March 2016, with prices starting from $89,400 for the base model and $103,400 for the more powerful one.

PHOTO GALLERY

VIDEO

Admit It, You Want To Touch And Drive The LEGO Bugatti Chiron, Don’t You?

If the LEGO Bugatti Chiron isn’t for sale, then why does it feel like Christmas when seeing it?.

Deputy Sheriff Does 80 MPH, Loses Control Of His SUV – And His Job

The speed limit at that section is 45 mph and, even though no one was hurt, the deputy was fired.

VW T-Cross Launches With The Most Powerful Engine Yet

The 1.5 TSI powering the range-topping Volkswagen T-Cross makes 148 horsepower.

The Toyota GR Supra Heritage Edition Is All We Want For Christmas

The 2020 Toyota GR Supra Heritage Edition is a 500 HP adult-size toy on wheels.

2021 Jaguar F-Type Sports Sleeker Styling And Possible Mild-Hybrid Powertrain

Jaguar’s sports car is nearly seven years old, but it’s about to get a significant facelift.

Land Rover’s Short 2020 Defender 90 Sets Foot In America, Start Froms “Around $50k”

The 2020 Land Rover Defender is making its North American debut in LA in both bodystyles.

Ford Dealers Offer Big Discounts On The 2019 Mustang For Black Friday

If you always wanted to buy a new Ford Mustang, now it’s the time to do it.

2020 Hyundai Sonata Puts Its Best Foot Forward In LA

This 2020 Hyundai Sonata is the flagship spec Limited version, priced from $33,300.

Dodge Celebrates Challenger Immortality With 50th Anniversary Edition

The 2020 Dodge Challenger 50th Anniversary Edition is a limited edition package that costs $4,995.

2020 Kia KX3 Is A Rebadged Seltos For The Chinese Market, Electric K3 Goes Official Too

Kia has unveiled the KX3 at the Guangzhou Auto Show, alongside the electric K3.