Following a number of teasers and spyshots the new 2016 Porsche 911 finally breaks cover prior to its official debut at the upcoming IAA Frankfurt Motor Show. Here’s the headlines: even the base versions of the 991 facelift have gone turbocharged; it gets optional rear-wheel steering; there are a whole bunch of new safety systems and a new infotainment.
That’s right. If you always fancied a 911 Turbo you don’t have to get the range topping turbo anymore. The Carrera and Carrera S models are now powered by the same twin-turbo 3.0 liter flat-six engine, developing 370 hp in the former and 420 hp in the latter, while returning much greater efficiency than the previous motors.
The performance is pretty much the same as before – 0 to 100 in just over 4 seconds and a top speed of over 300 km/h – but C2S now average 7.7 liter per 100 km (36 UK mpg) which is brilliant for a sports car like this.
Carrera S version of the Porsche 991 Facelift also gets an optional rear-axle steering which Porsche says makes the car more dynamic and improves its lap times. What’s more, a new PASM (Porsche Active Suspension Management) is standard with 10mm lowered ride height, a hydraulic lift system. So not only the new 911 is more dynamic, it is also more usable.
In terms of styling, the 991 facelift comes with 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. Not drastic changes, but enough to make the car look fresh. Inside the cabin you get a a new Porsche Communication Management with an enhanced multi-touch display console offering greater connectivity capabilities and a simplified user interface.