This is a pretty interesting bit of news! The standard Porsche 911 Carrera will go turbocharged from the 2017 model-year. All-new boxer six engines in 3.0-liter displacements run standard twin turbochargers. Outputs are up 20-horsepower for both Carrera and C2S models: 370 plays 420 in the Carrera S.
The new engines deliver a 62-mph sprint that is down 0.2-seconds for both models. For the first time, the PDF Carrera S will scorch up to 100-kph in just 3.9-seconds.
But what about the iconic sound of the 911? Will this mark another degradation in harmonics, a la the 993 –> 996 water-cooled transition?
But you can be sure the new turbo flat sixes will speak in their own voice, yet with sharp rumbles and staccato bites like all the best 911s in history.
We think it still sounds pretty boxer-tastic (snorty and rorty) in the official launch video below…
This announcement is for the on-sale-now UK 911 Carreras — with first orders promised in December to UK shoppers. Considering the time of year and previous launch timeframes, we believe the USA model change to turbo motors will wait until the 2017 model-year. A clipped 2016 run will likely end shortly after the new year, with first turbo Carrera’s arriving stateside around March or April of 2016.
To mark their arrival, the new Carrera and Carrera S wear fresh detailing, bumpers and lighting front and rear. Gorgeous standard quad-LED accents around the projector-beam headlamp is a great evolution on a theme. A slim blade of white LED appears in the upper bumper shaping in a subtle but effective way. This likely houses a switchback amber LED for the front blinkers.
Around back, same goes for the slotted and contrast-black rear intake/active spoiler. Two new hot-air exit cut-outs appear right behind the back tires for the first time as well.
Inside, all-new infotainment hardware and software offers a flush-mounted touchscreen in the upper center stack.
The engine swap is a big deal — so will roll out incrementally over the 25-strong varieties of 2016 911 in the Porsche configurator. Hot models like the 911 Turbo proper or GT3 RS will continue to run their unique engines until a next-gen upgrade of each.
New engines, an advanced chassis, new Porsche Communication Management
A new Porsche 911 is always highly anticipated – and the latest generation announced today is no exception.
The core appeal of the rear-mounted flat-six engine in the 911 and its characteristic sporting driving experience resonate with owners and enthusiasts alike. This reputation for responsive and dynamic performance, forged both on the road and race track, coupled with unparalleled everyday usability, underpins the unstinting appeal of the 911.
The 911 has been the world’s best-selling sports car for decades. Now, the new generation has arrived, equipped to extend this status ever ahead into the future. New highlights include innovative twin-turbocharged flat-six engines, an advanced chassis with an even greater spread between performance and comfort, and a new infotainment system. With the benefit of more than four decades of experience with turbocharging – in both motor racing and production sports cars – the new engines in the new 911 Carrera set benchmarks in terms of performance, driving pleasure and efficiency.
The new option of rear-axle steering, available on the Carrera S models for the first time, further extends the range of dynamic virtuosity. The fastest lap time around the North Loop of the Nürburgring is reduced to 7 minutes and 30 seconds – ten seconds faster than before.
Many exterior features of the 911 Carrera have been visually refined: these include new headlights with four-point daytime running lights, handles inset to the door panel without recess covers, a redesigned engine lid with vertical louvres and new tail lights – including the now characteristic four-point brake light Porsche motif. Inside, a new Porsche Communication Management with an enhanced multi-touch display console offers a considerably expanded range of functions and greatly simplified operation.