Version 2 / Coverstory / Words by Lester Dizon Photos by Keith Mark Dador Additional photos courtesy of #Porsche-AG
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Even if you’re not an avid Porsche enthusiast, you will soon be once you see the new 911 Carrera S in person. Known internally as the 991.2, this new Porsche will make you want to blow your children’s college fund just because you want to give in to your inner Porschephile. We know we would. Also, read about the history of the 911 and the story behind the Porsche crest.
The 2016 Porsche 911 Carrera s is cause for excitement among car enthusiasts around the world. Dubbed internally as the 991.2 since it is an updated version of the 991, this new Porsche got this magazine’s full front cover attention not just because of the minor facelift, but because the previous 3.4 and 3.8-liter liquid-cooled boxer engines of the Carrera and the Carrera S, respectively, have been replaced with a 3.0-liter liquid-cooled boxer engine.
Uh… Why are we excited with a smaller engine? The answer is simple: The new smaller engine makes more power and torque with improved fuel efficiency. And how is this possible? Again, the answer is simple: Twin turbo supercharging.
A turbocharger is a turbine-driven forced-induction device that forces extra air into the combustion chamber and increases the efficiency and power output of an internal combustion engine. The turbine forces more air and fuel into the combustion chamber than atmospheric or natural air pressure alone. If one turbo is good, imagine what two can do.
Technically, turbochargers were originally known as turbosuperchargers when all forced-induction devices were classified as superchargers. Today, the term “supercharger” is applied only to mechanically-driven forced-induction devices, which are often driven by a belt connected to the crankshaft. Compared to a belt-driven supercharger, a turbocharger, which is powered by a turbine driven by the engine’s exhaust gases, tend to be more efficient but less responsive.
… BUT NOT BY NAME
Despite having two small turbochargers, the 991.2 cannot be called the “911 Turbo” because that’s a specific Porsche model since 1975, which in terms of acceleration and pure power, remains at the top of the 911 lineup. Ironically, the 3.0-liter displacement of the new turbocharged 991.2 models is the same as the single turbo engine of the 1975 Turbo but the power output has significantly increased. The 1975 911 Turbo produces 260hp but the base 2016 Carrera trumps it with 370hp while the Carrera S delivers 420hp.
Porsche claims the two small turbochargers provide more power and greater fuel economy without losing the naturallyaspirated 911’s rev-happy, lag-free power delivery. The factory says the Carrera reaches 100 km/h in 4.4 seconds with the manual transmission, 4.2 seconds with the #Porsche-Doppelkupplung
(PDK) seven-speed, twin-clutch automatic, and 4.0 seconds with the PDK and Sport Plus programming. Our Carrera S gets the job done in 4.1, 3.9, and 3.7 seconds, respectively. Slow, the 991.2 definitely isn’t. Torquey and quick, it surely is.
Since 1963, Porsche has always focused on evolutionary changes with the 911, mostly with detail improvements to its drivetrain. The new engine gets plasmatransferred iron cylinder liners, new cylinder heads, variable timing on the exhaust cam, and a new, lighter composite oil pan. The engine of the Carrera S makes 50 additional horses with different turbo compressor impellers, a new exhaust system, and new engine programming that increases boost.
Porsche 911 Carrera S Hydraulic Front Axle.
The liquid-cooled flat-six redlines at 7,500 rpm accompanied by a cacophony of mechanical sounds – a hollow and throaty exhaust, with small, crackle-gargle backfires – that makes any Porschephile reminisce about the older air-cooled 911s. The 991.2 sounds exactly like a 911 should: Half snort and half ripping tenor, with a grunt from the intake and the occasional whistle and a soft chirp from the turbo on closed throttle. Evolution has its merits, indeed.
As in previous 911s, the PDK and manual transmissions continue to share many components and get taller transmission ratios in gears 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7 to handle the engine’s greater and more widespread torque. The gearbox has been reprogrammed, and now offers a dual-mass flywheel that helps dampen vibration at low rpm. The reprogramming incorporates an overrun cutoff that works with the car's start-stop system, which shuts the engine off on deceleration under certain conditions.
Porsche engineers included a “virtual intermediate gear shifting profile” that allows the PDK to function like a continuously variable transmission (CVT).
The PDK’s twin wet clutches can slip while transmitting drive, creating a virtual “false gear” that improves fuel economy at low load and low speed, where shifting into a higher gear would lug the engine and produce inadequate torque. This unobtrusive technology can also be found in the 911 Turbo so it is only logical that it finds its way into the turbocharged 991.2.
IMPROVED BRAKING AND STEERING
The new 911 is equipped with larger brakes for improved stopping power. The front rotors on the Carrera are 6mm thicker and have 17 percent more pad contact area for more efficient heat dissipation. The Carrera S uses front pads from the 911 Turbo, which are 16 percent larger and 10mm more in diameter. The optional carbon-ceramic brakes on both cars are borrowed from the 911 Turbo S and are capable of dissipating almost as much heat.
The 991.2 retains the EPAS electrically-assisted power steering of the 991.1, which is loathed by Porsche purists because it dampens steering feel and driver confidence. However, EPAS helps improve engine efficiency by removing the parasitic load generated by hydraulic pumps of older power steering units. The 991.2 EPAS hardware is virtually identical to the 991.1’s but Porsche claims that the steering feel is improved with new software. The 991.2 gives more of the traditional 911 wiggle on uneven pavement and slightly more feedback from the front tires to provide the tactile feeling of actually driving a responsive sports car.
The 2016 Porsche 911s underwent evolutionary cosmetic changes and looks almost identical to the previous model. However, look closely and you’ll see that the taillights, headlights, fender curves, and engine lid of the 991.2 differ from the 991.1. Compared to the 997 that was parked nearby during our photo shoot at the PGA Porsche Service Area, the 991 is bigger. So, it’s only natural that the 991.2 inherits the 991.1’s not-so-svelte dimensions. However, the 911’s enduring teardrop shape is still a sight to behold.
Inside, there’s a new flush-fitting, seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system that offers both Apple iOS app integration, pinch-to-zoom, and a navigation system with new handwriting-recognition feature that allows you to use Google Earth and Google Street-view to make finding destinations easier. The new PSM Sport feature in the stability control has an intermediate setting allows more yaw and freedom while retaining safe handling. There’s also Lane Change Assistance to warn the driver of vehicles in the car’s blind spots and a switch that hydraulically lifts the front end of the car to prevent the chin spoiler from scraping humps and steep ramps.
NOTHING COMES CLOSE
Of course, the 991.2 retains the 991.1’s roomy interior that replaces the old 911 cockpit intimacy with a luxury car-like setting. For those who like the feeling of being inside an old 911 and how the car always seem to wrap around you, you can always get that feeling from the first 1965 short-wheelbase model to the last 997. However, you’d be missing the point of the 991.2.
The new Porsche 911 is made for those who love to mix speed with luxury. The 991.2 may have grown up from sports car to GT machine but its mission is still the same: to go blindingly fast safely. It may have grown larger but it still looks sexy, only with a heightened sense of sedate dignity.
You can invest in a nice condo or a townhouse with P12.5M, but we’re sure that your real estate investment won’t create the same excitement as driving a new #Porsche-911-Carrera
S with a 420hp 3.0-liter twin-turbo flat-six in the back. You may not fully recover your investment after a couple of years but then again, money can’t buy the satisfaction you’ll get from driving a Porsche. Nothing comes close.
TECHNICAL DATA SPECIFICATIONS
Category 2-door, 2+2 sports car
Configuration Rear-mounted engine, rear wheel drive
Engine Liquid-cooled twin turbo horizontally-opposed 6 cylinders
Power 420Bhp @ 6500rpm DIN
Torque 500 Nm @ 1700-5000rpm DIN
Transmission 7-speed manual or 7-speed #PDK-automatic
City 12.2-10.1 L/100km
Highway 6.6-6.4 L/100km
Suspension Front: Independent, double wishbones / Rear: Independent, double wishbones
Brakes Front: Vented and crossdrilled discs with 6-piston calipers / Rear: Vented and crossdrilled discs with 4-piston calipers
Wheels/tires Front: 8.5Jx20 ET49 245/35ZR20
Rear: 11.5Jx20 ET76 / 305/30ZR20
Length 4,499 mm
Width 1,808 mm
Height 1,294 mm
Wheelbase 2,450 mm
Weight 1,440 kg
Performance 0-100 km/h 4.4 seconds (4.2 seconds with PDK) (FULL LOAD TEST)
Top speed 309 km/h (FULL LOAD TEST)
Porsche 911 Carrera S Phantom view
"The new 2017 Porsche 911 991.2-SERIES is made for those who love to mix speed with luxury. The 991.2 may have grown up from sports car to GT machine but its mission is still the same: to go blindingly fast safely. It may have grown larger but it still looks sexy, only with a heightened sense of sedate dignity."
"The factory says the Carrera reaches 100 km/h in 4.4 seconds with the manual transmission, 4.2 seconds with the #Porsche #Doppelkupplung
) seven-speed, twinclutch automatic, and 4.0 seconds with the PDK and sport Plus programming. our Carrera s gets the job done in 4.1, 3.9, and 3.7 seconds, respectively. Slow, the 991.2 definitely isn’t. Torquey and quick, it surely is."