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Porsche 911 Carrera goes turbocharged

Porsche has revealed the facelifted 991 Carrera models, which will now feature a turbocharged engine as standard


It’s something that has been mooted many times in the past, but Porsche has finally killed off the naturally aspirated engine – in its basic-spec 911 Carrera models anyway.

The new 911 Carrera Turbo has been revealed ahead of the Frankfurt motor show, featuring a new 3.0-litre flat-six engine. Thanks to the pair of turbochargers, the new engine produces a total of 365bhp in the Carrera and 414bhp in the Carrera S. The turbochargers themselves are slightly less exotic than the variable vane units employed in the turbo model.

As with any car’s switch to forced induction, the engine now boasts a huge amount more torque than before, so along with a 20bhp increase comes 44lb ft more torque on both models. Not only is there more torque, but the peak torque is now available from 1700rpm all the way to 5000rpm, which will undoubtedly change the character of the car significantly.

evo magazine spoke to senior Porsche engineer Dr Erhard Mössle, who not only attributed the move tightening emissions regulations, but also increasingly powerful turbo rivals.

While the model gets significantly more power and torque than the outgoing 911, the new engine weighs around 40kg more than the old naturally aspirated unit. To compensate, the standard Carrera and Carrera S will now feature a rear-wheel steering system and PASM suspension system as standard.

Externally you might not notice the visual changes to the model instantly, but there’s a new headlight design, bumpers, wheel design and engine cover for starters. Look closer and you’ll notice slightly different door handles as well as LED running lights and slightly different rear tail lamps.

Orders are being taken now, with first deliveries expected in the UK before the end of the year, with prices for the Carrera 2 starting at £76,412 and Carrera 2S coming in at £94,648.

Read the full inside story on evo.co.uk

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