With a new generation of turbocharged petrol engines for Porsche’s 911 comes a new soundtrack.
And Porsche fans have been understandably concerned. Will the sounds on the new album be a match for the Porsche band’s earlier days, or has the band left its alternative days behind and gone ‘mainstream’?
Well now we have the answer, thanks to a video from Porsche outlining the credentials of its new forced induction powerplants.
As outlined last week, the Carrera and Carrera S are first cabs off the rank for Porsche’s new engine program, and both bring 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.
The video (top of page) reminds fans that the sports exhaust system is inspired by a motorsport design with an “intensive sports car sound”, and that those seeking more decibels from the tailpipes can always hit the ‘louder’ button wearing an image of said tailpipes.
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.
Porsche has been careful not to give too much away in the new video, with the dramatic soundtrack of non-mechanical music letting the exhaust sound seep through for a glimpse of the new noise; rather than a microphone shoved up the tailpipe.
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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