- Published: Tuesday, 12 April 2016 18:35
Porsche reveals not one, but six new versions of its iconic 911 sportscar, here
SINGAPORE — Porsche’s latest generation flagship sports car, the 911, was unveiled today at the Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre in six glorious variants. They include the 911 Carrera, 911 Carrera S, 911 Carrera S Cabriolet, 911 Carrera 4S, 911 Targa 4S and the top-of-the-line 911 Turbo.
This is the first time in history that a 911 has a turbo engine as its entry-level option, which makes this new model a clear indication that the automaker is switching to turbo power for its sports cars, much like the new Boxster 718, which replaced its fine naturally-aspirated flat-six with a turbocharged flat-four powerplant.
More subtle than the improvements to the car’s performance are its styling changes. These include redesigned handles that are set into the doors, a redesigned engine cover with vertical slats and new tail lights — the now characteristic four-point brake light.
“At first glance, it would be easy to overlook the enhancements that differentiate the new 911 from its predecessor, but Porsche has always been about the details and the little things that make a difference when put together,” said Dr. Henrik Dreier, general manager of Porsche Asia Pacific, before handing the floor over to the main stars.
The new 911’s rear mounted 3.0-litre twin turbocharged flat-six engine produces 370 horsepower (20hp more than the car’s previously naturally-aspirated engine) and 450Nm of maximum torque, which arrives at just 1,700rpm.
It is mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch auto (or “PDK” in Porsche-speak) which offers extremely fast gear changes with no interruption in the flow of power enabling the sports car to go from 0 to 100km/h in 4.2 seconds and onto a top speed of 293km/h.
That’s 0.2 seconds less than the outgoing model, and 6km/h faster. At the same time it is roughly 12 per cent more fuel efficient, and averages 7.4L/100km according to EU testing. This means that even the slowest 911 can now hit 293km/h and uses the same amount of fuel as a Nissan Teana.
One step up from the Carrera, the Carrera S model delivers 420hp and reaches a top speed of 308km/h. It can go from 0 to 100 in a mere 3.9 seconds with the Sport Chrono Package — making it the first 911 in the Carrera family to cross the century mark in less than four seconds while consuming 7.7L/100km (that’s 1.0L less per 100km compared to the model it’s replacing). And then there’s the Carrera 4S which takes 3.8 seconds, making it 0.1 second faster.
The much vaunted 911 Turbo took centre stage at the event with its 3.8-litre bi-turbo six-cylinder engine that produces 540hp at 6,400rpm, and 660Nm of torque at just 1,950rpm. It sprints from 0 to 100 in just 2.9 seconds, making it the fastest of the lot.
Also present at the launch was the 911 Targa 4S and the 911 Carrera S Cabriolet.
When stationary the Targa’s roof can be opened or closed in 20 seconds at the touch of a button. For those of you who like more wind-in-your-hair, the latest 911 Cabriolet has a power-operated convertible top that takes just 13 seconds to lower — an operation that can be performed on the move at speeds of up to 50km/h.
Like the rest of the family, both come standard with the Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM), that lowers the chassis by 10mm, keeping things stable in the event of a mesmerisingly fast curve. PASM provides two different damper settings enhancing both comfort and chassis dynamics depending on the selected mode “Normal”, “Sport”, “Sport Plus” or “Individual”.
The entire 911 family is now in Singapore and road-ready. So, before you book your test drive, why not familiarise yourself with the 411 on all six of the 911s:
Model Max Power Max Torque Top Speed 0-100km/h *Price
911 Carrera 370hp 450Nm 293km/h 4.2 seconds $446,088
911 Carrera S 420hp 500Nm 306km/h 3.9 seconds $508,888
911 Carrera S 420hp 500Nm 304km/h 4.1 seconds $572,288
911 Carrera 4S 420hp 500Nm 303km/h 3.8 seconds $544,088
911 Targa 4S 420hp 500Nm 301km/h 4.0 seconds $607,488
911 Turbo 540hp 660Nm 320km/h 3.0 seconds $743,688
*Prices exclude COE but include a 5-year free maintenance and warranty program.