Porsche Purists Won’t Be Happy With the New Turbo 911

24 Jul 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

2016 Porsche 911 facelift to feature new 3.0L turbo engines – report.

You can’t stop progress, even in automotive icons. A few days ago, the 2016 Porsche 911 facelift was all but revealed in a series of official photos of the 2016 911 testing in South Africa, carrying minimal disguise.But this is Porsche, and even an all-new 911 doesn’t look that different, so we have to look quite hard to see what Porsche has tweaked for 2016 – although the little bits of sticky tape on some of the updated portions points us in the right direction. And so it is that Porsche, a company defined by its heritage and a car that is both anachronistic and amazing, is shunning tradition to offer the venerable 911 with only a turbocharged engine. The facelifted model get updates mostly in the form of cosmetics like vertical slats engine vent, LED daytime running lights, headlights and taillights with different graphics and slightly redesigned front and rear bumper to name a few.

German car magazine Auto Bild have been out with Porsche in the new 911 and are reporting that both the Carrera and Carrera S come with a new flat six turbo engine with just 3.0 litres, replacing the 3.4 and 3.8 litre engines currently used by Porsche. Current 991-series of Porsche 911 sports vehicle is about to undergo its mid-cycle update, with the updated version, the 991.2, on track for a debut at the 2015 Frankfurt Auto Show this September.

It has been a widely-accepted fact that for the 991.2 iteration, Porsche will switch to using turbocharged engines across the range, meaning a compressor-fed motor may no longer be reserved for the top-end ‘Turbo’ and ‘GT2’ models. There aren’t much details on engine or mechanical upgrades yet, however smaller turbocharged engines are believed to be on the way sooner rather than later. The technical specifications are yet to revealed, but the word around the town is Carrera carrying 2.7-litre turbo six engine powerful enough to give an output of 407PS while sportier Carrera S to hold bigger 3.4-litre turbocharged engine. Following that in May 1934, in a meeting at Berlin’s Kaiserhof Hotel, Chancellor Hitler asked Porsche to build a car, which can transport two adults and three children at 100 km/h, while not using more than 7 litres of fuel per 100km.

That will mean 0-62mph for the Carrera in 4.3 seconds and the Carrera S in 4.0 seconds (a bit longer with a manual ‘box), and average official consumption better than 37mpg. The new engine is said to produce its peak 369 pound-feet of torque (likely common for both variants) at just 1,700 rpm, reducing the need to downshift when a burst of acceleration is required. Inside the cabin, nothing much has changed except for the right-hand side mounted driving mode selector borrowed from 918 Spyder and a bit bigger display for the infotainment system.

The base Carrera will reportedly develop 272kW, up from the 257kW of today’s atmosphere-gulping 3.4-litre, while the Carerra S is set to rely on increased boost instead of a 400cc displacement increase, to bump it up to around 309kW from its current 294kW figure. According to Autocar, other key changes to the three-year-old 991 generation include the adoption of a “lift kit” to raise the nose of speed bumps, while four-wheel steering will trickle from the Turbo and GT3 into the Carrera models. In 1963, based on the sketches drawn by Ferdinand “Butzi” Porsche, son of Ferdinand “Ferry” Porsche, a more powerful, larger and more comfortable replacement for Porsche 356 was introduced, named porsche 901. Porsche will no doubt be working hard to ensure the keen response and visceral appeal of its existing motors is maintained, in spite of a potential switch to turbo power.

This gave rise to legal issues, as Peugeot claimed that in France it had the exclusive rights to car names, which comprise of three numbers with a zero in the middle. What’s significant is Porsche will use the technology exclusively, killing the naturally aspirated engine that has been integral to the 911 since its introduction in 1963. According to the automaker, the showroom was constructed over a period of two years and has been designed to meet Porsche’s international standards.

Using two or even three turbos can alleviate that lag, but it never goes away entirely, which is why there is a vocal contingent of enthusiasts who bemoan the technology. Porsche engineering boss Wolfgang Hatz told Top Gear “electrification has to be the next huge step” in reducing emissions and increasing fuel economy.

Porsche has been quiet on the new 911’s specs, but Car and Driver reports the entry-level Carrera 911 will have 400 horsepower (up from 350 on the current model), even as the engine is downsized from 3.4 to 3.0 liters. A lightweight-only version of Porsche was introduced, the Carrera 3.0, which featured wide rear flares, optional whaletail, and a variety of other sporty features. This particular 911 is quite exclusive as only 109 cars were built, many of which enjoyed successful motorsport careers. 80’s was a great decade for Porsche. Technologies such as four-wheel-drive and aerodynamics, which reduced the drag coefficient to 0.32, were incorporated to demonstrate the company’s commitment to engineering. Porsche continues to manufacture its cars with the engine in the back and makes sure that all the issues regarding the placement of the same are addressed.

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