Second Generation 991 Officially Announced
Porsche has released official details of the new 911 ahead of the Frankfurt Motor Show later this month. There are no real surprises for the second generation 991, but the big news is that, as predicted, all Carrera models will now feature turbocharged engines.
We’ll have a full analysis of the new car, and a behind-the-scenes technical breakdown on the latest 911, in our November issue, but for now here are the main highlights:
As expected the second generation 991 Carrera features a twin-turbocharged 3.0-litre flat six engine producing 370hp (420hp for Carrera S). Both models gain 60Nm of torque and boast an increase in efficiency of 12% over their respective forebears. This brings them to 332lb ft and 369lb ft torque respectively, delivered between 1,700- and 5,000rpm. It also means the Carrera model is now capable of achieving a staggering 38.2mpg (combined), 36.7 (Carrera S).
In PDK and Sport Chrono equipped trim, the Carrera model will reach 62mph in 4.2-seconds, the Carrera S in 3.9-seconds, making it the first 911 Carrera in history to clock up 62mph under the 4-second marker.
In terms of emissions, the Carrera PDK has 169 g/km of CO2, the Carrera S PDK 174 g/km of CO2 – placing both in Band H for the purposes of vehicle excise duty.
In a bid to address the question of how the driving dynamics of the new turbo Carrera models will differ from their full fat 911 Turbo cousins, a ‘Mode’ switch appears on a smaller 918-inspired steering wheel. This allows the user to flick between various modes, heightening PASM, PDK shifts and switching the car’s exhaust system.
The Mode switch includes a ‘Sport Response Button’ providing a hit of maximum acceleration for a 20-second burst for ease of overtaking. A redesigned PASM system lowers the car’s ride height by 10mm. New wider rear wheels measure 11.5-inches.
The new Carrera S now has the optional rear wheel steer from the 911 Turbo, and for the first time Carrera customers can specify the nose lift function popular on the GT3 models to avoid speed bump anxiety.
The addition of rear-axle steering on the Carrera S model translates to a 7 minute 30 second lap time of the ‘Ring’s north section, some 10 seconds faster than its predecessor was able to achieve.
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An upgraded 7-inch PCM system now includes online satellite navigation and voice control, plus Apple CarPlay, Google Earth and Streetview functionality.
Prices for the new 911 Carrera are as follows: Carrera, £76,412, Carrera Cabriolet, £85,253. Carrera S, £85,857, Carrera S Cabriolet, £94,698.
The order books are open now with the first deliveries expected to UK Porsche Centres in December.