Porsche 911 (2015–)
- September 2015: New Porsche 911 unveiled
- October 2015: New 911 Carrera 4 models revealed
- November 2015: 911 Turbo models launched
- January 2017: 911 GTS models introduced
- October 2018: 911 Speedster launched
New Porsche 911 unveiled
The completely new engine generation with twin turbocharging now featured in the 911 Carrera has raised power and efficiency. As is typical of the 911, at the rear of the Carrera lies a 3.0-litre flat-six engine, developing 370PS.
The 3.0-litre flat-six in the Carrera S now delivers 420PS. In both cases this represents a power boost of 20PS over the prior model. The 911 Carrera S produces more horsepower courtesy of turbochargers with modified turbine compressors, a specific exhaust system and tuned engine management.
The new option of rear-axle steering, available on the Carrera S models for the first time, further extends the range of dynamic virtuosity.
Many exterior features of the 911 Carrera have been visually refined: these include new headlights with four-point daytime running lights, handles inset to the door panel without recess covers, a redesigned engine lid with vertical louvres and new tail lights – including the now characteristic four-point brake light Porsche motif. Inside, a new Porsche Communication Management with an enhanced multi-touch display console offers a considerably expanded range of functions and greatly simplified operation.
The 911 Carrera Coupe with (PDK) and Sport Chrono Package sprints from zero to 62 mph in 4.2 seconds – making it two tenths of a second faster than its predecessor. The 911 Carrera S with PDK and Sport Chrono Package achieves this benchmark in just 3.9 seconds (also 0.2 secs swifter).
The top speeds of both models have also increased further: the 911 Carrera now has a top speed of 183mph (an increase of 4mph), while the 911 Carrera S now reaches 191mph (an increase of 3mph).
Depending on the model, the 911 is now almost 12 per cent more efficient. The 911 Carrera with PDK transmission returns 38.2mpg Combined (an increase of 3.8mpg), while the 911 Carrera S with PDK consumes 36.7mpg Combined (an increase of 4.2mpg).
In terms of emissions, this translates to 169 g/km CO2 for the Carrera PDK and 174 g/km CO2 for the Carrera S PDK – placing both these models in Band H for the purposes of vehicle excise duty.
In conjunction with the optional Sport Chrono Package, the 911 Carrera now features a ‘mode switch’ on the steering wheel, derived from the hybrid mode switch of the 918 Spyder. The mode switch consists of a rotary control with four positions for the driving settings “Normal”, “Sport”, “Sport Plus” and “Individual”. Depending on the car’s specification, the latter setting enables drivers to configure their own individual vehicle set-up; eg Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM), PDK transmission shifting strategy and sports exhaust system.
The new 911 Carrera models feature a development of the Porsche Communication Management System (PCM) including Online satellite navigation and voice control. The PCM can be operated by performing multi-touch gestures on the seven-inch display, similar to operating a smartphone. User inputs by handwriting are also possible. Mobile phones and smartphones can now also be connected via Wi-Fi and Bluetooth™. The smartphone tray is integrated for the first time in the centre armrest, offering battery-saving charging and optimised mobile phone reception. Also new is the option of connecting an iPhone® to the PCM to use Apple CarPlay.
911 Carrera Coupe £76,412
911 Carrera S Coupe £85,857
911 Carrera Cabriolet £85,253
911 Carrera S Cabriolet £94,698
New 911 Carrera 4 models revealed
Thanks to bi-turbocharging, the three-litre, six-cylinder engines in the 911 Carrera 4 and 911 Targa 4 achieve an output of 370PS and a torque of 450Nm, while output in the S models increases to 420PS and torque to 500Nm.
In addition, the adaptive PASM chassis (Porsche Active Suspension Management) with its 10-millimetre lower ride height included as standard enables an even greater spread between sporty circuit and relaxed long-distance driving. Rear-axle steering that is available as an option for the Carrera 4S models further increases the dynamic spectrum considerably. Interior functionality is enhanced by the standard-feature Porsche Communication (PCM) connectivity and infotainment system with simplified operation and multi-touch display.
The new 911 Targa continues to stand out clearly from the coupé and cabriolet. It spectacularly combines the classic Targa idea with advanced roof convenience. Like the legendary original Targa, it has the characteristic wide bar in place of B-pillars, a removable roof section over the front seats and a wrap-around rear window without C-pillars. The roof segment can be opened and closed at the push of a button, with the soft top being accommodated behind the rear seats as it opens.
Equipped with the options of PDK and Sport Chrono package, the 911 Carrera 4 sprints from zero to 62 mph in 4.1 seconds (0.4 seconds less than its predecessor model), with the S model registering 3.8 seconds (0.3 seconds less). The cabriolet S and the 911 Targa 4 with comparable equipment need just 0.2 seconds longer – the time it takes to blink. Top speeds vary according to model and equipment between 178 mph and 189 mph.
Traditionally, every new generation of engines from Porsche combines more output with less consumption. Consequently, fuel consumption in the 911 Carrera 4 Cabriolet with PDK rises to a combined 36 mpg (previously 32.5 mpg). The models with the most significant improvements are the 911 Carrera S Cabriolet and 911 Targa 4S, each with PDK, in which average consumption rises to a combined 35 mpg (previously 30.7 mpg).
The new Porsche 911 Carrera 4 and Targa 4 models are on sale now from Porsche Centres in the UK and Ireland. First deliveries will begin in early 2016.
Carrera 4 - £81,398 RRP
Carrera 4 Cabriolet - £90,240 RRP
Carrera 4S - £90,843 RRP
Carrera 4S Cabriolet - £99,684 RRP
Targa 4 - £90,240 RRP
911 Turbo models launched
Available in both Coupe and Convertible versions, the twin-turbocharged, 3.8-litre flat-six engine in the 911 Turbo now has an output of 540PS. The 911 Turbo S now develops 580PS courtesy of new turbochargers with larger compressors.
The engines now also have what is known as a ‘dynamic boost function’ to further raise engine responsiveness in dynamic operation. It maintains the charge pressure during load changes – i.e. when the accelerator pedal is released briefly. This is achieved by just interrupting the fuel injection, whereas the throttle valve remains open. As a result, the engine reacts with practically no delay to a subsequent press of the accelerator pedal. The effects of this function are more pronounced in the Sport and Sport Plus modes than in Normal mode.
The 911 Turbo S Coupé sprints to 62 mph in 2.9 seconds. Its top speed of 205mph is eight mph higher than before. The 911 Turbo reaches the 62 mph mark in 3.0 seconds, and its top speed is 198mph – three mph faster than the previous model. Nevertheless, the coupes only consume 31 mpg and the convertibles 30.4mpgm).
A familiar option on the next generation 911 Carrera models, the new 911 Turbo and Turbo S feature as standard the new GT sport steering wheel – 360 mm in diameter and with a design adopted from the 918 Spyder.
Porsche Stability Management (PSM) in the 911 Turbo models now has a new PSM Sport Mode. A brief press of the PSM button on the centre console puts the system in a very sporting configuration – which is independent of the prevailing driving programme selected.
The chassis of the new 911 Turbo models with Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) as standard offers an even greater spread between performance and comfort. In addition, the 911 Turbo S offers a full complement of equipment for dynamic driving: Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC) roll compensation is standard as is the Porsche Ceramic Composite Brakes (PCCB) system.
New options for all 911 Turbo models include the radar-based lane change assist and a lift system for the front axle that can be used to increase ground clearance by 40 mm at the front spoiler lip at low speeds.
New are the wheel dimensions for the 911 Turbo: with 9J x 20 rims at the front and 11.5J x 20 rims at the rear, the new wheels are each half an inch wider than previously. They are now the same size as the wheels of the 911 Turbo S.
As with all 911 models, the newly-developed infotainment system, Porsche Communication Management (PCM) incorporating online navigation, is a feature of the cockpits of the 911 Turbo models. This system features a multi-touch monitor with high-quality glass surface, which is perfectly integrated into the centre console, and it offers numerous new and extended connectivity functions thanks to the standard Connect Plus module. Navigation can also access the latest traffic information in real time.
In addition, as in the previous Turbo models, the upgraded Bose audio system is fitted as standard; although a Burmester installation can be delivered as an option.
|911 Turbo||£126,925 RRP|
|911 Turbo Cabriolet||£135,766 RRP|
|911 Turbo S||£145,773 RRP|
|911 Turbo S Cabriolet||£154,614 RRP|
Standard equipment on every 911 Turbo model includes Porsche Active Aerodynamics (PAA), rear axle steering, Porsche Traction Management (PTM) four-wheel drive, LED headlights, Sport Chrono Package with Mode Switch, 360 mm diameter GT sports steering wheel, leather interior, fully electric sports seats (14-way adjustment), Porsche Communication Management (PCM) including online navigation module and voice control, Connect Plus incl. Telephone module and Apple Car Play, Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM), ParkAssist front and rear including reversing camera, Porsche Vehicle Tracking anti-theft system, three year warranty and three year roadside assistance package.
911 GTS models introduced
All 911 GTS have the wide body usually fitted to four wheel drive versions, and 450HPby means of new turbochargers for the 3.0-litre, flat six engine. All have sports suspension, 10mm lower than standard, but coupés ride lower due to PASM (Porsche Active Suspension Management) that also allows the dampers to be switched between normal and stiffer modes. This is not available on the targa and cabriolet. All get a sports exhaust and Porsche’s Sport Chrono package that brings with it dynamic engine mounts. Soft during normal driving, they firm up in cornering to prevent the engine moving around and unsettling the handling of what is, let’s remember, a rear-engined car. Prices from £100,781.00 inc. VAT.
911 Speedster launched
The concept study, presented during the 70th birthday of the sports car manufacturer, will be produced as a limited special edition.
Porsche has decided to start producing the purist Porsche 911 Speedster in the first half of 2019. Its Guards Red paintwork is a reference to the 1988 911 Speedster of the G-Model generation. The new cross-spoke 21-inch wheels in cross spoke and the black leather interior create a tasteful and sporty appearance.
21-inch center lock wheels are another visual highlight of this latest concept study presented in Paris. Their cross-spoke wheel design is similar to that of Porsche racing cars such as the 911 RSR and the GT3 R. The tinted day-time running lights were also inspired by racing. Matching the study’s paintwork, they are kept in red. The two “Talbot”-shaped exterior mirrors as well as the fuel tank cap – centrally positioned on the bonnet – shine in black-chrome and platinum. In contrast to the previously shown “Heritage” version, the interior is using partly perforated black leather upgraded with red highlights.
All body components as well as the entire technology of both the 911 Speedster Concept cars are identical. This includes the shortened window frames with their lowered cowl top panels and the smaller side windows as well as the carbon-fibre rear bonnet with the double-bubble cover behind the seats. Both cars come with a lightweight Tonneau cover, fitted by Tenax buttons, instead of a convertible soft top.
The concept cars’ body is based on the 911 Carrera 4 Cabriolet. The fenders, as well as the front and rear bonnet are made from lightweight carbon fibre composite while the chassis was taken from the 911 GT3. Furthermore, the GT development department provided the exhaust system with its titanium tailpipes and the drivetrain including the manually operated six-speed gearbox. The same goes for the centrepiece of the limited special edition: The Speedster Concept is powered by a naturally-aspirated flat-six engine developing more than 500 hp and capable of engine speeds up to 9,000 rpm.