Porsche 911 Carrera facelift launch {{favouriteCount}} Quantity of Likes

12 Sep 2015

The Porsche 911 has throughout its history been about evolution rather than revolution. The shape has stayed broadly the same, as has the layout and the use of the flat-six engine. But there was a step-change with the 993 variant in 1994 when it went from air cooled to water cooled. Well now there’s been another change with the 991 Gen 2 as all the Carrera models now adopt a new 3.0 twin turbo flat-six engine. A naturally aspirated engine has always been one of the key points of the normal Carrera models (the 911 Turbo models have always had a different character), so Porsche has worked hard to ensure that the new 991.2 (the easiest way to refer to this new model) engines live up the 911 legacy.

The engine is a completely new 3.0 litre twin turbo flat-six, which produces 366bhp and 332lb/ft of torque in the base Carrera and 416bhp and 369lb/ft in the Carrera S. The engine weighs around 40kg more than the old ones, but the extra power means that the performance is staggering. The Carrera S with the PDK gearbox and Sport Chrono package can get from 0-62mph in just 3.9 seconds – that’s the previous 997 Turbo generation’s performance. Top speed is 191mph. Even the base manual Carrera with no options still manages 4.6sec and 183mph. The standard transmission is still the 7-spd manual, with the 7-spd PDK dual clutch an option, both driving the rear wheels.

Externally the 991.2 gets some small tweaks over the 991, but they somehow make a massive difference bringing the looks right up to date. The front bumper is reprofiled, with larger intakes featuring slim daytime running lights, while the headlights have been tweaked too. At the rear the lights are now complex LED units and the engine vents run vertically for the first time to improve airflow over the rear of the car. At the outer edges of the bumper are now two small vents to help get rid of the heat build-up from the turbos. The Carrera S’s Sports Exhaust option now includes twin centrally mounted exhaust pipes, which we have to say looks great. There are also two new designs of 20-inch alloy wheel, both of which are stunning. Inside there aren’t many changes visually, save a new 7-inch touchscreen interface for the multimedia setup which supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, while Satnav is now standard for the first time.

New options for the Carrera include four wheel steering and a nose lift system from the GT3. Of course being a 911 you can go crazy with the spec – the Carrera S costs £85,857 but we managed to add £45,000 of options in their configurator.

The new 911 Carrera and Carrera S are on sale now starting at £76,412. These new models does mean the end of all the other non-turbo engined models (bar the GT3) though, so the Carrera 4 & 4S and Targa 4 & 4S models, along with all the 911 GTS variants are all discontinued. Expect them to return to the lineup in due course though.