Porsche ready to launch new 911 Carrera

Company claims new levels of agility, performance, user-friendliness

Published: September 8, 2015, 12:00 AM
Updated: April 29, 2018, 1:40 PM

2016 Porsche 911 Carrera

Porsche is updating its iconic 911 and showing it off to the world at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show.

2016 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet

The company claims the new car is not only the fastest ever, but sets new levels of agility, performance and everyday usability. Driving dynamics is enhanced by an advanced chassis that enhances ride comfort and handling prowess. And for the first time, rear steering is available as an option on the Carrera S.

Although it retains the classic look of the quintessential Porsche, the exterior has been tweaked with new headlights (with four-point daytime running lights), redesigned rear deck lid with vertical louvres, and new rear lights (including four point brake lights). Inside, there’s a new touchscreen display with an expanded range of functions.

Power comes from a new pair of turbocharged horizontally-opposed six-cylinder engines, with the Carrera’s 3.0-litre six now making 370 hp and 420 hp being pumped out by the Carrera S version. Torque is also increased in the high-revving engines, with 331 and 368 lb.ft., respectively, between 1,700 and 5,000 rpm. Porsche also claims new level of efficiency, with economy ratings yet to be released.

2016 Porsche 911 Carrera

All new 911 Carreras come standard with seven-speed manual transmissions but for pure performance and everyday usability, many new buyers opt or the sequential shifting Porsche-Doppelkupplung (PDK). Paired up with the Sport Chrono Package, the Carrera Coupe goes from zero to 100 in just over four seconds (marginally quicker than its predecessor), while the Carrera S does it in less than four (also 0.2 seconds quicker). Top speeds are pegged at 295 km/h and 308 km/h, respectively.

The Sport Chrono Package now features a steering wheel rotary mode switch, which allows the driver to quickly choose between Normal, Sport, Sport Plus and Individual modes. Depending on the car’s available equipment, the Individual setting allows drivers to personalize settings for chassis, engine stop/start, PDK shift map and sport exhaust. The mode switch adds a Sport Response button on PDK models, which improves launch.

The Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM chassis), which now lowers the ride height by 10 mm, is standard on all Carreras. New shocks and wider rear wheels and tires add to the improved ride and handling.

The new rear-wheel steering (adopted from the current 911 Turbo and GT3) improves driving precision and turn-in, and reduces the turning radius by 50 cm (almost 20 inches).

The new Porsche Communications Management System (PCM) includes online navigation and allows control over functions by using gestures (similar to those used on a Smartphone) on the system’s seven-inch display screen. Apple CarPlay is also available with the system, so iPhone users can have complete control over their mobile apps, including Siri voice control.

Google Earth and Google Streetview are better integrated into the nav system to help driver’s get better orientation in unfamiliar locations. Real time traffic information helps trip planning in advance of setting out and aids in route planning on the fly.

Prices for the 911 Carrera Coupes and Cabriolets are not yet set, as the car isn’t due to land in North America until the spring of 2016.