June 29, 2016 @ 10:00 AM

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Sime Darby Auto Performance launches the new Porsche 911 Carrera with a smaller turbocharged engine that produces big power

No car attracts more controversy among Porsche-philes than the new 911 Carrera, just launched on our shores during the 2016 Le Mans race weekend. And for good reason, the 991.2 is the start of a whole new generation of 911s that no longer relies on standard atmospheric pressure as part of the Porsche’s right-sizing the engine. From here on, all flat-sixes will be turbocharged, which yields more power than ever before.

The increase isn’t just a minuscule formality. The new engine whips out an additional 20 horses and 60Nm of twist over the older naturally-aspirated mills. There are three versions of the 911 Carrera with two different engine tunes and mated to the same seven-speed PDK ‘box.

The 911 Carrera’s 3.0-litre flat-six delivers 370bhp and 450Nm, while the same engine in the Carrera S and Carrera 4S produces 420bhp and 500Nm of torque. Modified compressors, specific exhaust system and tuned engine management split the power despite the engine being the same for all models. The new engine is also said to be 12 per cent more efficient, consuming 7.4l/100km for the Carrera, 7.7l/100km for the Carrera S and 7.9l/100km for the Carrera 4S. Let’s be honest, you don’t really care about these numbers, do you?

So here are more fast and shouty numbers to chew on. The Carrera completes the century sprint in 4.2 seconds, the Carrera S in 3.9 seconds and Carrera 4S in 3.8 seconds. The latter Porsches are the first 911 in history to dive under the 4.0-second barrier. Top speed on all cars has been raised, too. The speedometer needle stops at 293kph for the Carrera, 306kph for the Carrera S and 303kph for the Carrera 4S.

The engine isn’t the only change you’ll find in the 991.2. The new Porsche 911 wears new four-point DRL, door handles without recess covers, four-point brake lights and vertical louvres on the rear lid to name a few. Inside, the 911 comes with the new Porsche Communication Management and the steering-mounted mode dial with Sport Response Button.

Underneath the shell, Porsche has also reworked the chassis, dropping it be another 10mm closer to the ground. New generation PASM dampers, rebound buffer springs, modified main springs and anti-roll bars improves driving dynamics all round. The width of the standard rear tyres has been increased by half an inch to 11.5 inches for added stability.

Optional for the Carrera S and Carrera 4S is the active rear-axle steering that turns the rear wheels together with the front. The benefits are two-fold, a significantly reduced turning circle and higher stability when changing lanes at high speed.

Prices, which include all applicable duties sans registration fee, road tax and insurance are as follow:
  • 911 Carrera    RM870,000.00
  • 911 Carrera S    RM970,000.00
  • 911 Carrera 4S    RM1,040,000.00

We’ve driven the 911 Carrera S. Pick up our July 2016 issue to find out how we tore up Singapore in the 911 Carrera S.

Chris Ng

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