Some things become classics on their very first day. Somehow, one knows when something is just right. It was ever thus with architecture, and in modern times became so with automobiles. That’s not to say they can’t be improved. Taking a fresh look at old classics is a gift for today’s generation of architects and auto engineers. Achieved in Kuwait with a 21st century take on Dar Hamad; and in Stuttgart on the 911 Carrera.
The designer’s challenge is to make their project relevant to today. It’s not about reinventing – the key to the enduring success of the 911 is that it has remained true, in essence, to Ferdinand Porsche’s original ethos – it’s about incorporating today’s technology and standards into yesterday’s successes.
The 911 Carrera is the brand icon of Porsche. Powered by bi-turbo engines for the first time, it sets new benchmarks in performance and efficiency. The further developed chassis – with standard active damping (PASM) and a ten millimetre lower ride height – delivers an even broader spread of characteristics between sporty and comfortable.
Inside, the new standard Porsche Communication Management (PCM) infotainment system with multi-touch display offers a considerably expanded range of functions and greatly simplified operation.
The 911 Carrera has been one of the world’s best-selling sports cars for decades. Now the new generation has arrived to further extend this lead. The new 911 is exceedingly well equipped to do this with innovative turbocharged flat engines, an advanced chassis that offers an even greater spread between performance and comfort and a new infotainment system.
Thanks to over four decades of experience with turbo engines – in both motor racing and production sports cars – the engines of the new 911 Carrera set the benchmark in terms of performance, driving pleasure and efficiency. The rear-axle steering that is available for the first time as an option in the Carrera S extends the range of driving dynamics emphatically.
Many exterior features of the 911 Carrera have been visually refined. They range from headlights with four-point daytime running lights to door handles without recess covers, a redesigned rear lid with vertical louvres and new rear lights. Inside, the new standard Porsche Communication Management (PCM) system with a multi-touch display offers a considerably expanded range of functions and greatly simplified operation.
New turbocharged engines: 20 hp more power with better fuel economy
The completely new engine generation with bi-turbo charging boosts driving pleasure in the 911 Carrera, making it an even more intense experience. 370 hp (272 kW) of power at the rear of the 911 Carrera is waiting to be unleashed and converted into sporty propulsion. The engine in the 911 Carrera S now delivers 420 hp (309 kW). In both cases, this represents a power increase of 20 hp (15 kW). Both engines have three litres of displacement. The greater power of the 911 Carrera S comes from turbochargers with modified compressors, a specially designed exhaust system and engine management tuning.
In the development of charged six-cylinder flat engines, Porsche can call upon over 40 years of experience. Thanks to this practical experience – in both motor racing and production sports cars – the newly engineered turbo-engines in the new 911 Carrera set new standards in terms of performance, driving pleasure and efficiency.
• 911 Carrera with three-litre six-cylinder engine, bi-turbo charging, 370 hp (272 kW) and 450 Newton metres of torque. 911 Carrera S with three-litre six-cylinder engine, bi-turbo charging, 420 hp (309 kW) and 500 Newton metres of torque. Both engines offer 20 hp more power and 60 Nm more torque than the respective previous models.
• Specially tuned turbocharger for each engine. 911 Carrera S has larger compressor wheel for a greater air mass flow rate.
• PASM chassis has ten millimetre lower ride height, and rear-axle steering is offered as an option. Gains in sportiness and comfort are based on a new generation of dampers with greater sensitivity.
• New gear ratios for the seven-speed manual gearbox with two-disc clutch for reduced pedal forces. Centrifugal pendulum in the flywheel optimises vibration behaviour.
• Optional Sport Chrono Package has mode switch from the 918 Spyder mounted on the steering wheel and, for the first time, individual configuration capability.
• New automatic post-collision braking system reduces severity of accidents by automatically braking after an initial collision.
• Porsche Stability Management (PSM) offers extended Sport mode for drivers with racing aspirations.