Turbocharged engines and optional four-wheel steering for revised Porsche 911 Carrera models, which will go on sale in December
15 September 2015

The facelifted Porsche 911 will take the fight back to rivals including the Mercedes-AMG GT when it goes on sale this December. It has made its public debut at the Frankfurt motor show.

The most notable updates to the long-running sports car are a new turbocharged flat six engine and changes to the specification. The Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) system is now standard, while inside there’s a new generation of Porsche’s multimedia setup. Its 7.0in touchscreen interface supports both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, and satellite navigation is standard.

Read our review of the Porsche 911 Carrera S Cabriolet

The 911’s exterior has also been upgraded, with new front and rear lights and active air ducts that open and close to channel airflow. Also new at the rear is a redesigned air vent that channels cooling air to the engine, intercoolers and turbochargers.

Powering the updated 911 is a new twin-turbo 3.0-litre flat six petrol engine, which in the Carrera develops 365bhp at 6500rpm and 332lb ft from 1700-5000rpm. In the Carrera S, those outputs rise to 414bhp and 369lb ft.

Transmission options remain as before, with a seven-speed manual gearbox offered alongside a seven-speed PDK dual-clutch automatic. The added power means the Carrera now sprints to 62mph from rest in 4.2sec when equipped with the optional Sport Chrono package. In the Carrera S, that time drops to 3.9sec, making both models 0.2sec faster than their outgoing equivalents.

The top speed of both the Carrera and Carrera S have also increased, to 183mph and 191mph respectively. Those figures make the updated 911 well matched against the Mercedes-AMG GT, which reaches 62mph in 4.0sec and has a top speed of 189mph in standard guise (3.8sec/193mph in GT S form).

As well as providing tunable settings for the dampers and throttle mapping, the Sport Chrono package now includes a steering wheel-mounted driving mode switch that allows the driver to choose between Normal, Sport, Sport Plus and Individual driving modes.

On models with the Sport Chrono pack and PDK, an additional Sport Response button is fitted. Once pushed, the system provides maximum acceleration for 20 seconds by selecting the optimum gear.

Porsche says the facelifted 911 has already lapped the Nürburgring in 7min 34sec — more than six seconds faster than the outgoing car. The adoption of turbos has resulted in significant fuel economy gains. Porsche says its new engines are up to 12% more efficient than the units they replace.

The Carrera returns 38.1mpg in PDK guise, while the Carrera S achieves 36.7mpg. The equivalent outgoing models managed 34.4mpg and 32.5mpg respectively. A new option on the 911 Carrera is a four-wheel steer system, similar to that used by the 911 Turbo and GT3.

Porsche says the system increases agility and reduces the turning circle by 0.4m. Another option offered for the first time is a hydraulic lifting function that can raise the ride height by 40mm within five seconds.

Post-collision braking is now standard, too. Prices for the facelifted 911 range start at £76,412 for the Carrera, rising to £85,857 for the Carrera S. Cabriolet versions - which go on sale at the same time as the coupés - cost £85,253 and £94,698 respectively.

Q&A with Erhard Mossle, 911 product line director

What was behind the decision to switch to turbocharged engines?

“Our normally aspirated engine is famous, but we have the challenge of regulations on fuel consumption and also challenges from competitors. It’s getting harder to get close to them with a normally aspirated engine.”

Will buyers be happy with turbo engines?

“There will be some discussion over the next six months as customers try the car. It’s similar to when we changed from the 993 to the 996, from air-cooled to water-cooled. Customers always look for the faster car, but we are satisfied with this package.”

Is there more power to come from this engine?

“There is more power we can get; it is easier to get more power from a turbocharged engine than a normally aspirated engine. In the 911 GT3 RS, we had to go to 4.0 litres to get more power.”

Is there a place for the new four-cylinder engine family within the 911 range?

“I can’t imagine a four-cylinder in the 911.”

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16 November 2014
...or is it me. The present styling looks spot on to my eyes.

16 November 2014
Porsche probably will only change a couple of details just to show it's different, as ever with Porsche the real differences will be the engineering underneath. As you say though the current look is pretty good so hopefully they won't ruin it some will of course say it looks exactly the same as the last one no matter what Porsche do to the styling.

12 September 2015
Cobnapint wrote:
...or is it me. The present styling looks spot on to my eyes.
I agree. I especially like the rear lights. Shame they insist on making changes where they are not necessary for the sake of change.

16 November 2014
Turbo engines for the base 911's, turbo 4 cylinder engines for the Cayman and Boxster. I'm worried by going this route Porsche will ruin the appeal of these cars, with a characterless turbo drone! And I really don't fancy a Cayman with a bloody 4 pot engine! Values of used 911's and Cayman's might go up after this! Just like Ferrari might ruin the 458 soon by adopting a turbo engine too.

Cyborg

20 July 2015
Cyborg wrote:
Turbo engines for the base 911's, turbo 4 cylinder engines for the Cayman and Boxster. I'm worried by going this route Porsche will ruin the appeal of these cars, with a characterless turbo drone! And I really don't fancy a Cayman with a bloody 4 pot engine! Values of used 911's and Cayman's might go up after this! Just like Ferrari might ruin the 458 soon by adopting a turbo engine too.
I would agree with you completely about everything you say here. However, have you heard the new Ferrari 488 GTB? It really doesn't sound much different than the 458 did, Ferrari has does an amazing job trying to make the 488 sound and feel like its naturally aspirated. I believe that Porsche is more than capable of doing the same, and smart enough to put in the effort on that front. I seriously doubt that Porsche will make the Carrera models sound exactly the same as the Turbo, if they do it will definitely ruin the appeal them, no doubt.

20 July 2015
gillmanjr wrote:
Cyborg wrote:
Turbo engines for the base 911's, turbo 4 cylinder engines for the Cayman and Boxster. I'm worried by going this route Porsche will ruin the appeal of these cars, with a characterless turbo drone! And I really don't fancy a Cayman with a bloody 4 pot engine! Values of used 911's and Cayman's might go up after this! Just like Ferrari might ruin the 458 soon by adopting a turbo engine too.
I would agree with you completely about everything you say here. However, have you heard the new Ferrari 488 GTB? It really doesn't sound much different than the 458 did, Ferrari has does an amazing job trying to make the 488 sound and feel like its naturally aspirated. I believe that Porsche is more than capable of doing the same, and smart enough to put in the effort on that front. I seriously doubt that Porsche will make the Carrera models sound exactly the same as the Turbo, if they do it will definitely ruin the appeal them, no doubt.
Hello there, my comment that you're quoting is from 8 months ago. Since then I've heard the 488 GTB and it sounds great! On the comments section below the video for that new Ferrari, I mentioned it being the best sounding turbo engine I've ever heard! So there is hope, but a flat six is different to a flat-plane crank V8 so I'm still concerned, Porsche's normally aspirated flat-six's I think are amongst the best sounding engines in the world, and then there's the Turbo which isn't so great in that department, so you can understand my concerns. But one thing that hasn't changed for me since that comment is my disdain for a flat-four in the Cayman, that idea I don't think I'm ever going to like. I could tolerate it I suppose if they keep a version of the Cayman with a flat-six, otherwise no way!

Cyborg

16 November 2014
...blame the ever-green European Union.

17 November 2014
This is Porsche reacting to the Jaguar F Type which has truly rattled the 911's cage, hence why this facelift is early, only 4 years after the 991 was launched. However, no amount of styling changes will even enable the 911 to get close to the F Type's gorgeous looks while Porsche will also need to inject some life and quality in to its interior too which not only looks dour and unexciting compared to the Jaguar's but also is of poor quality. The advent of McLaren's super sports series and the current and utterly superb 650S, along with the totally rejuvinated Aston Martin Vantage, has also caused Porsche to revamp the 911 this early and so drastically too. Porsche is against the ropes.

17 November 2014
Any sales figures to back up this slightly hysterical post? I've seen exactly two coupe F-types since launch - I live and drive around the City of London - and the idea that a handful of McLarens and Astons would force Porsche to have a knee-jerk reaction is risible. This upgrade will have been planned before the current 911 was even launched and, as explained elsewhere, it's a result of the EC's obsession with emissions.Low quality Porsche interiors eh? Haha! I'd have a drive in one Mr Roadster.

20 July 2015
johnfaganwilliams wrote:
Any sales figures to back up this slightly hysterical post? I've seen exactly two coupe F-types since launch - I live and drive around the City of London - and the idea that a handful of McLarens and Astons would force Porsche to have a knee-jerk reaction is risible. This upgrade will have been planned before the current 911 was even launched and, as explained elsewhere, it's a result of the EC's obsession with emissions.Low quality Porsche interiors eh? Haha! I'd have a drive in one Mr Roadster.
I completely agree with you. As for that persons comment on the interior quality of the 911 being inferior to the F-Type...that's mildly ridiculous.

Cyborg

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