The 2016 Porsche 911

At first glance, there is very little difference to the new 911. There have been slight tweaks to the front air scoops, and new automatic cooling flaps, but that’s about it. However, despite the lack of visual updates, don’t for a second think that it’s the same as the previous model. There have been three major changes to the 911 Carreras that have made a real difference in terms of performance.

On the previous range, all models except for the 911 Turbos were powered by naturally aspirated 3.4 and 3.8 litre flatsix boxer engines. Now, the entire range is turbo-charged, with the Carrera and Carrera S models boasting a smaller twin turbo 3.0 litre engine that nevertheless puts out about 20hp more in both engines that their predecessors, with 365bhp on the Carrera, and 414bhp on the Carrera S. The BIG boost, however, comes in the torque, with the new models boasting an additional 60Nm each, with 450Nm on the Carrera, and 500Nm on the Carrera S. With the Sports Chrono package, this equates to a 0-100km/h time of 4.2 seconds for the Carrera, and 3.9 for the Carrera S, which makes it the first Carrera model to break the sub-four second barrier. The next major revolution on the new 911 is the introduction of rear-axle steering as an option. This technology was previously only seen on the 911 GT3 and Turbo, and the mighty 918.

The rear-axle steering works by actually turning the wheels a couple of degrees. At low speeds, it turns in the opposite direction of the front wheels to improve the turning circle by effectively shortening the wheelbase. At high speeds, it turns in the same direction as the front wheels to effectively lengthen the wheelbase and improve traction and stability in the

The effect is incredible. In an exercise where we drove 911s with and without the system at track speeds, the rear-axle steering makes a massive difference. You have to drive each car differently, as the system allows you to turn into a corner so much more aggressively, and lay down the power a lot more on the exit, making for massively quicker cornering. It’s hugely impressive.

The last major change over the previous models is the introduction of the rotary ring drive mode selector with the Sports Chrono Package. From this you can select the ‘Normal’, ‘Sport’ and ‘Sport Plus’ settings we know from previous models. However, what it also features is the ‘Sport Response Button’. Once pushed, this button instantly adjusts the drive train for maximum acceleration for 20 seconds, for overtaking and so on. When you push it,
the car instantly shifts down and throttle response is maximised, turning it into a lairy beast for a few seconds. You can either wait 20 seconds for it to time out, or press the button again to switch it off. So there you have it – despite minimal visual updates, the new 911 is a whole new machine, and takes the iconic Porsche into new realms of technological wizardry and general driving enjoyment. You’d expect nothing less from Porsche really….


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