1 Feb 2016
THE midlife makeover for the 991-series 911 Carrera and Carrera S arrived in Australia in the first quarter of 2016, marking the debut of a new bi-turbo six-cylinder boxer engine in the mainstream models - the first in the Carrera's five decades.
With 15kW more power and 60Nm more torque in both Carrera variants, the updated 911 not only offered more performance but 12 per cent better fuel economy thanks to engine downsizing, to 3.0 litres.
In the base Carrera, peak power of 272kW is achieved at 6500rpm, while top torque of 450Nm kicks in at just 1500rpm – considerably lower than before – and runs all the way to 5000rpm.
While the Carrera S’s engine this time around is the same capacity as that of the Carrera, some hot-rodding of the turbos, exhaust and engine management software lifts peak power to 309kW at 6500rpm. Maximum torque of 500Nm comes on stream at a slightly higher 1700rpm but also keeps churning until 5000rpm.
As always with Porsche, the exterior design changes to the latest 911 were restrained, but aficionados could note the new nose with a reshaped front bumper with bigger air openings and new-look headlights with four-point daytime running lights – the new Porsche signature.
To improve aerodynamics, the flaps in the front air openings close when not needed – a trick pinched from the 918 hybrid supercar.
As before, the 911 was offered in coupe and cabrio body styles with a choice of transmission - seven-speed manual or optional seven-speed dual clutch PDK (add $5950). The latter was heavily revised compared with the ‘box in the series one 991 911.
Porsche's Active Suspension Management (PASM) became standard fare on Carrera. Apart from dropping the ride height by 10mm, the system offers two manually selected driving modes for sports driving and comfort.
Wider rear wheels and tyres and bigger Brembo brakes aid performance and safety.
Inside, a new infotainment system offers improved connectivity and easier operation.