By   September 8, 2015

Porsche 911 Carrera and Carrera S (991.2)

Porsche 911 Carrera and Carrera S (991.2)

We’ve known that the Porsche 911 Carrera and Carrera S were going to be turbocharged for the 991.2 refresh. The reason for the change is largely because of stricter government restrictions on vehicle emissions and fuel economy.

Thanks to the forced induction the horsepower output has been increased while the engine displacement has gone down. Performance is improved over the outgoing model and the gas mileage is improved.

Porsche 991.2

Just how much more horsepower is the new 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged flat-six power plant able to make? The output is increased by 20 horsepower. This takes the 911 Carrera up to 370 horsepower and the 911 Carrera S up to 420 horsepower.

The 0-60 mph time for the Carrera with the PDK dual-clutch transmission optioned with the Sports Chrono package offers a 0-60 mph time of 4.0 seconds and the more powerful S manages it in just 3.7 seconds. Both cars get to 60 mph in 0.2 seconds faster than the model that they replace. The top speed for the standard Carrera is a nice 183 mph and the S can keep going all the way up to 191 mph.

The revised PASM chassis (Porsche Active Suspension Management) lowers the ride height by 10 millimeters and it comes standard. The reworked chassis allows for a 10 millimeter wider rear tire in the Carrera S. The S also is now available with the optional rear-axle steering that is available on the 911 Turbo and GT3. The feature further improves handling in the rear-engined sports car.

The new 911s are scheduled to launch in March of 2016 in the United States. Pricing starts at $89,400 for the Carrera Coupe,
$103,400 for the Carrera S Coupe, $101,700 for the Carrera Cabriolet and $115,700 for the Carrera S Cabriolet.