New 911 range goes turbo

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Thanks to global warming and the increasingly stringent laws on car manufactures to reduce CO2 emissions, the new range of Porsche 911 Carrera vehicles will be exclusively turbocharged. Gone are the 3.4L and 3.8L naturally aspirated engines which powered the Carrera and Carrera S respectively, both replaced by Porsche’s new 3.0L twin-turbo flat-six that will be available in two states of tune.

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Despite the reduction in displacement, the benefits of going turbo mean both models will benefit from power increases of 15kW (20hp) and a 60Nm (44lb-ft) jump in torque, bringing the totals for the the Carrera to 272kW (365hp) and 450Nm (332lb-ft), while the Carrera S will have 309kW (414hp) and 500Nm (369lb-ft). In addition, both engines will have maximum torque available across a wider 1700-5000rpm range and red line at 7500rpm.

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As you’d expect, the added power and torque means both cars are now slightly faster too, with the 7-speed PDK gearbox equipped Carrara hitting 100km/h in just 4.2sec, while the Carrera S will do the same in just 3.9 seconds – marking the first time it has done so in under 4 seconds. Given the reason these engines have gone turbocharged in the first place, fuel consumption has also dropped to 7.4L/100km on the combined cycle, and the more powerful Carrera S just 0.3L/100km more.

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Other mechanical improvements include Porsche Active Suspension Management being made standard on all models, rear-wheel width increasing by 0.5 inches (with the Carrera S now wearing 305mm rubber) and Porsche’s rear-wheel steering system, lifted from the current 911 Turbo and GT3, now an optional extra for the Carrera S.

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In typical restrained Porsche tradition, exterior tweaks have been limited to new headlights and tail lights, redesigned door handles and a new louvred engine cover. Inside the changes have been greater, with the latest Porsche Communication Management offering a smartphone-like touch-and-swipe interface. Another big change is the appearance of a four-way selector switch on the steering wheel of cars equipped with the Sport Chrono package, which allows the driver to alter settings for the transmission, PASM, exhaust and active engine mounts from Normal to Sport to Sport Plus, or save a combination of favourite settings under Individual.

Porsche have also released two new advertisements, which give us an indication on what these new engines might sound like when released. Check them out below and let us know what you think.

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