SEP 07th 2015

20 things to know about the new (turbo) Porsche 911

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1. It’s turbocharged (but it’s not called the 911 Turbo; that’s a separate model). It’s the first time in the 911’s history that cooking models have used forced aspiration. It’s a twin turbo set-up and the engine’s all new. Still flat six, of course.

2. It revs! The red line is 7500rpm which is astonishing for a turbo.

3. The new engine is more powerful by 20hp. The new 3.0-litre churns out 370hp for the 911 Carrera and 420hp for the Carrera S. Not much, eh? But then the the extra torque…

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4. It’s torquier. Much. With 60Nm (that’s 44ft lb) extra for both Carrera and Carrera S, the peaks are now 450Nm and 500Nm respectively. 911 flat sixes have always been torquey engines but now all that twist starts working from just 1750rpm.

5. It still sounds like a 911. They say. We believe them. Can you imagine the outcry if it didn’t sound like a 911?

6. It’s quicker than before. Every generation of 911 has been faster than the previous one and the new turbo range is no exception. 0-62mph time for a PDK Sport Chrono Carrera is 4.2secs (two tenths up on its predecessor) while the S just sneaks in under 4secs. No figures yet for the manual; yes there will still be a manual ‘box.

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 7. Top speeds are up. The base Carrera is now a 183mph car, the S hits 191mph.

8. With the new rear-axle steering option on the Carrera S improving turn-in, the Nordschleife time is cut by 10 secs.

9. Going down… Every new Carrera automatically sinks by 10mm to improve high speed stability, a feature of the latest Porsche Active Suspension Management chassis. Porsche say it offers the best balance yet between everyday comfort and track driving performance, a balancing act that new dampers all round are said to help with too.

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10. Going up… A new option is a hydraulic lift system in the front struts that raises the nose 40mm so you can negotiate pesky sleeping policemen and steep driveways without expensive graunching sounds.

11. Bigger rear wheels and tyres. Rears are up half an inch at 11.5 wide, wearing new 305 (instead of 295) rubber.

12. A tighter turning circle! Not an expected one this, and to be fair it still doesn’t put the 911 in the London taxi class. But… a by-product of that rear axle steering option is 0.5m off the kerb to kerb distance, useful for those back street U-turns.

13. There’s a new button: the Sport Response Button. Push this for a burst of max thrust for 20secs. It might be a bit like KERS but here there’s no more power, just an early wake-up call to the engine management system, selection of optimum gear and ‘pre-conditioning’ of the drivetrain, whatever that means. You only get the button with the optional Sport Chrono pack though, which also gives you a new mode (normal, sport, sport plus and individual) switch on the steering wheel.

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14. The 375mm diameter steering wheel (360mm for sport option) is based on the design of the wheel in the 918 Spyder hybrid.

15. Smart-phone style multi-touch gestures and handwriting input are now possible for the revamped infotainment system; smart phones can now be connected by Wi-Fi and Bluetooth (and there’s a new tray in the centre armrest for your phone to go in!).

16. It still looks like a 911. This is a just a design freshen up, not a new body though there is a new look front and back with new lights… and we approve of the new black vertical slates on the engine cover.

17. It’s available in the UK from December.

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18. It costs from £76,412, with the Carrera S from £85,857.

19. Included are leather, sports seats, satnav and touch screen, universal audio interface, Porsche Active Suspension Management and a driving course at Silverstone. 

20. Did we mention efficiency? Here’s the main reason of course for the turbo turnaround. Porsche say the new model is almost 12 per cent more efficient than before, with the 911 Carrera with PDK returning 38.2mpg (and for the tax conscious, 169g/km of CO2) on the combined cycle. That’s 3.8mpg better than before.

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