The new 911 answers questions about the future of the sports car with a quantum leap in performance. By reducing fuel consumption, but not by suppressing emotions. By following a principle that has already changed everything once before: in 1974, with the first 911 Turbo. Developed completely from scratch, the six-cylinder twin-turbo engines of the 911 Carrera and Targa 4 models with a displacement of 3.0 litres embrace this principle and perfect it in a forwardlooking way. To be more precise: tremendous acceleration force even in the low rpm range is supplemented by the engine map of a 911 Carrera with the high rev limits typical of a sports car. In other words, high compression and a high engine speed combined with good modulation of power output and surprisingly low fuel consumption, thanks to the reduced overall displacement. Expressed in figures, this means an extra 20 hp of power, an extra 43 lb.-ft. of torque and engine speeds of up to 7,500 rpm. And a considerable reduction in fuel consumption of up to 13 %.
Two irreconcilable philosophies? Let’s discuss a third: the design. The all-wheel drive 911 models have a 44 mm wider body, letting it rest more firmly on the road. An impression underlined by the new light strip, especially after dark. Another hallmark of the all-wheel drive models: sheer supremacy. In every corner and at any time of year. Porsche Traction Management (PTM), the active all-wheel drive system, varies the drive force transmitted to all four wheels as the situation demands. This helps to ensure solid roadholding and even better performance. Simultaneously, of course. In winter. Day in, day out. At the limits of dynamic driving performance.
The displacement of the new 911 models has been considerably reduced with the aim of cutting fuel consumption. That’s because we more than most as a sports car manufacturer bear huge responsibility. Nevertheless, the power output of the new engines has been significantly increased. Responsible for that are the turbochargers developed for the 911 completely from scratch. The drive system is a twin-turbo configuration. It has two turbochargers with one charge-air cooling for each cylinder bank. Both turbos are particularly compact and have been optimally adapted to the displacement and power output of the engine. This construction minimises the inertia of the drivetrain and improves responsiveness. The new turbochargers leave the sceptics in their wake and find a new destination: unexplored levels of torque. What looks technical on paper has an unmistakably resonant sound. The sound of a 911. And a performance that hits the driver in an instant. In the form of direct acceleration and visceral forward thrust. Rather like a ‘thump’ in the back the moment the engine unleashes its unadulterated power.
Pure, direct, precise. Short shift movements and an optimum transition from one gear to the next. The 7-speed manual transmission combines a high level of sporty performance with fast gear changes. In conjunction with the optional Sport Chrono Package, selecting SPORT or SPORT PLUS mode activates the dynamic throttle-blip function, which ensures the optimum engine speed for every downshift, a more emotional driving experience and an impressive sound. A gear indicator in the rev counter reminds you which gear has been selected. The upshift indicator in the instrument cluster helps you actively to conserve fuel.
Auto start/stop switches off the engine when the driving speed falls below 7 km/h under moderate deceleration, such as when you are approaching a red light. As soon as you release the clutch or, with PDK, depress the accelerator pedal, the engine restarts – swiftly and smoothly. In conjunction with Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK), a coasting function becomes available where the situation allows. The engine is decoupled from the transmission to avoid deceleration caused by engine braking. In this way, optimum use is made of the vehicle’s momentum, enabling it to coast for longer distances.
The active air intake flaps in the front air intakes act to reduce fuel consumption during everyday trips and to achieve superlative performance on sporty drives. Already proven on the 918 Spyder, the flaps close automatically while the car is in motion and thereby reduce drag. On demand or in SPORT or SPORT PLUS mode, the flaps open and help to provide optimum engine cooling. This means that cooling air is supplied only to the extent that it is actually needed. That’s efficiency. Of the intelligent kind.
The electrically adjustable slide/tilt sunroof is available as an option for the 911 Coupé models. It opens outwards so that it does not interfere with headroom. Another advantage of this innovative design is the particularly large aperture for increased driving pleasure under the open sky. The net-type wind deflector protects against draught and further reduces wind noise. On request, the electrically adjustable slide/tilt sunroof is available in tinted toughened safety glass. An integral electric roll-up sunblind provides shade from unwanted bright light. The build, headroom and aperture specifications of the glass sunroof are otherwise identical to those of the regular slide/tilt sunroof.
The luggage compartment volume in the 911 models is 145 litres – 125 litres in the 911 all-wheel drive models. The luggage compartment is fully trimmed in scratch-resistant materials.
The Sports seats are comfortable and provide support even during performance driving. They are equipped as standard with electric seat height and backrest adjustment and mechanical fore/aft adjustment. Optional fully electric Sports seats offer a wider range of powered adjustments, such as lumbar support and seat squab angle and depth. A comprehensive memory function and electric steering column adjustment are also included.
Fitted as standard, the sports steering wheel with spoked design is lightweight and functional. The small centre pad and the chrome ring encircling the Porsche Crest – both derived from the steering wheel of the 918 Spyder – reinforce its sporty character. In conjunction with PDK, the sports steering wheel features two alloyed gearshift paddles. The shift throw of the paddles has been reduced, gearshifts are even crisper. Available as an option is the new GT sports steering wheel. This has a smaller diameter. The decorative ring and the paddles are finished in Galvano Silver, while the spoke trims are screw-fastened. For a motorsport-derived design? Definitely. Above all, though, to emulate a motorsport driving feel. Heating and multifunction controls are optionally available for all steering wheels. These give you fingertip access to the colour display, the on-board computer and many audio, telephone and navigation functions.
An active carbon filter traps particles, pollen and odours and an automatic airrecirculation function permanently monitors air quality, reduces humidity and switches from fresh to recirculated air when required. A demister function keeps the windows clear in cold weather. In warmer weather, strong sunlight is detected by a solar sensor, for which the air conditioning system automatically compensates in order to maintain the comfort of both the driver and front passenger.
The camera-based speed limit indicator informs you of speed restrictions and ‘no overtaking’ zones (start and end). Notifications appear on the display in the instrument cluster and on the screen of PCM.from which the fuel tank is made. All fuel lines are made from multilayered plastic, steel or aluminum.
We want to speed everything up. Progress included. The same applies to negative acceleration. That’s because even brakes are a source of potential. So we’ve upsized the brake system of the new 911 to match the increased power output. The 911 Carrera base models are fitted with newly developed four-piston aluminium monobloc fixed calipers with a black anodised finish. All brake discs have a diameter of 330 mm. The S models are equipped with red sixpiston aluminium monobloc fixed brake calipers at the front and four-piston equivalents at the rear. The brake chambers at the front axle are now made from aluminium. Brake disc diameters are 350 mm at the front, 330 mm at the rear. For enhanced stability and braking performance. On all models, the brake calipers have an enclosed monobloc construction. This makes them tougher but lightweight and enables a more rapid response and release of the brake even under extreme loads. The pedal travel is short and the biting point precise. The brake discs are cross-drilled for improved wet braking and optimum cooling.
The new 911 models offer advanced airbag technology in the form of full-size driver and front passenger airbags, which are inflated in two stages depending on the severity and type of accident. All new 911 models are also equipped as standard with the Porsche Side Impact Protection System (POSIP). It comprises side impact protection elements in the doors and two airbags on each side. An integral thorax airbag is located in each seat side bolster, while the door panels each contain an upwards-inflating head airbag. Each thorax airbag has a volume of 10 litres and each head airbag 15 litres, ensuring excellent protection in the event of a side impact.
The Porsche Dynamic Light System (PDLS) is available as an option. Its dynamic cornering light function swivels the main headlights towards the inside of a bend, based on steering angle and road speed, so as to light up more of the road at bends and turns. Put simply, the road ahead is illuminated the moment you start to corner. PDLS also features speed-sensitive headlight range control and the adverse weather function.
Superior safety meets sporty design in the form of optional LED main headlights including PDLS+. In addition to being efficient and long-lasting, LED technology also creates a light very similar to daylight and thus helps to reduce driver fatigue. One special feature of PDLS+ is the dynamic main beam function. A camera detects the lights of vehicles ahead as well as those of oncoming traffic. Based on the data from the camera, the dynamic main beam function then adapts the headlight range accordingly. This continuous, seamless control means that you are able to see the course of the road, pedestrians and potential hazards earlier without hindering other road users.
Specs reflect base model unless otherwise noted.
|Cylinders||Boxer 6||Boxer 6|
|Displacement||3.0 l||3.0 l|
|Engine layout||Rear Engine||Rear Engine|
|Horsepower||370 hp||370 hp|
|Torque @ rpm||331 lb.-ft.||331 lb.-ft.|
|City||TBD mpg||TBD mpg|
|Highway||TBD mpg||TBD mpg|
|Combined||TBD mpg||TBD mpg|
|Top Track Speed||183 mph||182 mph|
|Acceleration 0 - 60 mph||4.4 sec||4.2 sec / 4.0 sec (PDK with Sport Chrono)|
|Flexibility 50 - 75 mph (in 5th gear)||5.5 sec||-|
|Driveline layout||Rear wheel drive||Rear wheel drive|
|Length||177.1 in. (4,499 mm)||177.1 in. (4,499 mm)|
|Width||71.2 in. (w/o mirrors)||71.2 in. (w/o mirrors)|
|Height||50.9 in. (1,294 mm)||50.9 in. (1,294 mm)|
|Wheelbase||96.5 in. (2,450 mm)||96.5 in. (2,450 mm)|
|Drag coefficient (Cd)||0.29||0.29|
|Curb weight||3,153 lbs||3,153 lbs|
|Towing capacity (braked / unbraked)||- / -||- / -|
|Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR)||4,133 lbs||4,133 lbs|
|Luggage compartment volume (DIN measurements)||5.1 ft³||5.1 ft³|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||16.9 gal.||16.9 gal.|
|from MSRP $ 89,400.00||from MSRP $ 92,600.00|
*Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price. Excludes options; taxes; title; registration; delivery, processing and handling fee; dealer charges. Dealer sets actual selling price.