Porsche’s 911 has gone twin-turbo for the 2016 model year, bringing more performance and improved economy while the outside gets a refreshed look.
As part of Porsche’s new generation of turbocharged engines, the Carrera and Carrera S are first cabs off the rank and both get a 15kW lift in power over the outgoing models from the now bi-turbo 3.0 litre flat six-cylinder engine.
The new outputs are 272kW for the 911 Carrera and 309kW for Carrera S. Porsche says along with adding turbochargers to its powerplants it has changed the exhaust system and the engine management.
Torque is also up for both the Carrera and the S, with the new figures of 450Nm and 500Nm respectively representing a 60Nm improvement.
Add it all up, and the Carrera with PDK automatic and Sport Chrono Package can now hit 100km/h from rest in 4.2 seconds, while the S in the same spec takes just 3.9 seconds. Both models in 2016 guise are 0.2 seconds quicker than the models they replace.
Top speeds are 295km/h for the Carrera and 308km/h for the Carrera S.
Fuel consumption also benefits from the decision to go turbo, with the Carrera Coupe PDK auto using 7.4 l/100km (down 0.8 l/100km) and the Carrera S Coupe PDK consuming 7.7 l/100km (down 1.0 l/100km). Cabriolet models add 0.1 l/100km to these figures.
Porsche 911 Carrera customers will now find a driving mode switch on the steering wheel for the first time, which offers Normal, Sport, Sport Plus and Individual settings via a rotary dial.
Individual allows drivers to choose their own settings for the active engine mounts, shift points for the automatic transmissions and more.
Also new to the Carrera is optional rear-axle steering, which Porsche says “greatly extends the range of driving dynamics”.
Styling changes include new headlights and taillights, revised door handles, and vertical louvres for the redesigned rear lid.
Inside, the Carrera now gets a new Porsche Communication Management seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system including voice control which incorporates Apple CarPlay.
Porsche says while mobile phones can now also be connected via Wi-Fi in some markets, they can only be connected via Bluetooth or USB on new 911 models sold in Australia.
This means new Google Earth and Google Streetview navigation functions will be delayed until 2017 when a new LTE telephone module is certified for Australia. The new Porsche Connect App is also delayed for Australian customers - this time until 2018.
Porsche’s PASM (Porsche Active Suspension Management) system is now standard on all Carrera models, which allows the driver to lower the ride-height by 10mm during sportier driving.
Other changes include the rear wheels, which are now 0.5 inches wider at 11.5 inches, and a new coasting system for the adaptive cruise control with PDK to save fuel.
Digital radio, front park assist and reversing camera are now on the standard-fitment list, having previously been offered as options.
The order book for the 2016 Porsche 911 Carrera is open now, with first deliveries for Australian customers expected in March of next year.
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Pricing (excludes on-road costs)
2016 PORSCHE 911 CARRERA (PDK auto adds $5950)
- 911 Carrera Coupe -$217,800
- 911 Carrera S Coupe - $252,800
- 911 Carrera Cabriolet - $239,300
- 911 Carrera S Cabriolet - $274,300
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