- New look for Porsche 911
- More powerful 3.0-litre turbocharged engines
- Minor styling tweaks and new tech; prices from £76,412
Frankfurt Motor Show 2015: Porsche 911
The next generation of 911 - which will be turbocharged - revealed at Frankfurt
Known as the 991.2 (the outgoing model is called the 991), the new car's external changes require a keen eye to spot, but they include slightly revised headlamps with four-point daytime running lights, updated tail lamps, a new engine lid at the back of the car and re-profiled door handles.
The big news is that this 911 heralds the introduction of a turbocharged engine for the Carrera and Carrera S models. Such a unit has traditionally been reserved for the hardcore 911 Turbo, but the firm has now added twin turbos to the engines of the more sedate versions.
The previous model’s 3.4- and 3.8-litre six-cylinder engines have both reduced in size to 3.0 litres, but the addition of the turbos has upped the power. The outgoing 911 Carrera and Carrera S produce 345bhp and 395bhp, respectively, but the new 3.0-litre twin-turbo equivalents pump out 365bhp and 414bhp. That’s a 20bhp and 19bhp respective increase, while each engine’s torque has leapt by 44lb/ft to 332lb/ft and 369lb/ft.
As well as more power and performance, the smaller engines bring their share of efficiency gains – up to 12%, according to Porsche. The Carrera manages 38.2mpg when fitted with the PDK automatic transmission, a 3.8mpg increase on the old model, while the Carrera S now musters 36.7mpg – up 4.2mpg. CO2 emissions are 169g/km and 174g/km, respectively.
A new, standard-fit active suspension system can lower the 911’s ride height by 10mm for sharper handling, while an optional hydraulic lift system does the opposite – it raises the ground clearance by 40mm, making it easier to navigate the likes of speed bumps.
911s fitted with the Sport Chrono Package now have a button on the steering wheel that allows the driver to toggle between Normal, Sport, Sport Plus and Individual driving modes. For cars fitted with the PDK gearbox, there’s also a Sport Response Button, which sets up the gearing and engine for a quick-burst overtaking manoeuvre, along with an updated version of Porsche’s Communication Management touchscreen infotainment system.
Prices start at £76,412 for the 911 Carrera Coupe and rise to £94,698 for the Carrera S Cabriolet. The first models are due to arrive in December.