One of the world’s most celebrated performance carmakers, Porsche has finally revealed the much awaited 911 Carrera to the world for the 2016 model year. However, if you are a purist we will suggest you stop reading right because the next set of lines will carry the words ‘turbo’ in multiple occurrences. As cringing as it may sound, the new Porsche 911 Carrera that will making its public debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show next week will be a turbo only model (See! we told you don’t read!). The German automaker has replaced its natural aspirated rear engined motor in favour of improved performance and economy.
The 2016 911 Carrera gets updated as part of a mid-life facelift changes and brings together a host of tech from the 918 Spyder, current 911 Turbo and 911 GT3 with the latest update. A range of exterior features have been revised on the sportscar including the new headlights with four-point daytime running lights, whereas the rear features a redesigned lid with vertical louvres. The tail light gets updated as well with new four-point brake lights. The door handles have also been revamped while there are new alloy wheels design on offer with slightly wider rear wheels. Then there is the addition of air ducts that are responsible for cooling the turbochargers and intercoolers which controls the airflow. The iconic styling of the 911 continues to stay the same and that is something we are as proud of as the Germans are.
Inside the cabin, the new Porsche 911 Carrera comes with an updated Porsche Communication Management (PCM) system with a multi-touch display offers a considerably expanded range of functions including Apple CarPlay/Android Auto compatibility, Wi-Fi connectivity and a 7-in touchscreen display. The steering wheel comes from the 918 Spyder. The new 911 Carrera also has improved in control over its predecessor with the Porsche Active Suspension Management offered as a standard feature and reduces the ride height by 10 mm in order to provide a lower centre of gravity. This translates into better traction levels and sharper feel at the corners. The shock absorbers have been updated as well and offer better feedback and comfort on the model.
The biggest change though as we said is under the hood of this rear-engined beauty as the new Porsche 911 Carrera gets updated not only with a new engine but also that to a turbocharged unit. The new 3.0-litre turbocharged engine produces 370 HP of power at 6500 RPM and 449 Nm of torque at 1700-5000 RPM. That makes for enough power to shoot from 0-100 kmph in 4.2 seconds. If that isn’t good enough, there is the Carrera S producing 420 HP and 500 Nm of torque with the Sports Chrono package can do the 0-100 kmph in 3.9 seconds. This also makes the new 911 the first Carrera to undercut the 4 second mark.
The top speed is rated at 308 kmph on the Carrera S and is a good 13 kmph faster than the standard model. The 7-speed PDK dual-clutch automatic gearbox on the model continues to be a gem of a performer. In addition to all those extra horses, the new Porsche 911 Carrera has also improved in terms of efficiency which has increased by 12 percent on the model. As practical as it gets, you also get the hydraulic lifting function on the 911 Carrera that increases the ride height by 40 mm within 5 seconds.
With a lot of changes to its credit, the Porsche 2016 911 Carrera continues to excite even as the new turbocharged motor may not appeal to everyone’s taste. Having said that, it is a step towards the right direction which is a welcome.