If you are familiar with Porsche’s naming scheme, then you surely know how the 911 line-up is called. The base model is the Carrera, then the Carrera S is the more powerful variant. A Carrera 4 and 4S is also included if you want all wheel drive. The 911 GT3 and GT3 RS are the more track focused models, then the fastest and most technolology-laden 911 variant is the Turbo and Turbo S, and it’s called the 911 Turbo for obvious reasons. What happens then, if the entire line-up now is force-fed as well? That’s exactly what happened in this facelift, as the new 911 Carrera and Carrera S are now all powered by a smaller, turbocharged engine.
For the Philippine market, the Carrera S has been launched first. Making it easy for you to spot a force-fed Porsche 911 Carrera S over the naturally-aspirated, pre-facelift model are a set of redesigned front bumpers, new rear exhaust, and an engine cover with vertical bars instead of the usual horizontal lines found typically in Porsches. The LED headlights and tail lights receive new graphics as well.
Inside, not much changes have been made. A new Sport Design steering wheel with a design that mimics the one found in the 918 is equipped as standard, which is fitted with a Sport Response Button. Standard in the new 911 is Porsche’s new version of its PCM (Porsche Communication Management) which is Porsche’s touchscreen infotainment system. PCM now uses a multi-touch capacitive touchscreen system, and the system supports the use of swipe, pinch to zoom, etc.
Powering the 911 Carrera S is a downsized 6-cylinder boxer engine, down from 3.8 liter to 3.0 liters. Through Porsche’s perfected art of using turbos since the Porsche 959, you can be assured that even if the new engine is smaller, it is more powerful, more refined, and more fuel efficient. It produces 20 more horsepower, now at 420 hp, and torque is bumped by 60 Nm, now at 500 Nm. As the PH-market Porsche 911 Carrera S is fitted with the Sport Chrono pack and the 7-Speed PDK (dual-clutch) transmission, the 911 Carrera S sprints from 0-100 km/h in 3.9 seconds. While power has been increased, the 911 Carrera S is, according to Porsche, 12% more fuel efficient compared to its naturally aspirated predecessors.
Assuming you have cash lying around your house, the Porsche 911 Carrera S has a P1.8 million increase, but of course, if you can afford these things, P1.8 million is nothing to you. The Porsche 911 Carrera S is priced at P12.5 million for the coupe and P13.5 million for the convertible.