Porsche 911 Carrera and Carrera S Coupe & Cabriolet launched.
The very mention of car-racing conjures up images of Porsche burning rubber on the race-track. And why not? Porsche was born on the track. It was born to Race, and Race to Win.
With over 30,000 victories to its credit, Porsche is a name to reckon with when it comes to speed and motor-sports. It continues to strengthen the bond connecting racing cars with production versions.
In India, Porsche upped the ante by launching the sensational new Porsche 911 amidst a loud applause from the audience at an event held in Mumbai on 29th June 2016.
Speaking at the launch of the new 911 range, Pavan Shetty, Director Porsche India, commented: “With its unique success story, the Porsche 911 is a car that has achieved iconic status over the decades and we are immensely pleased to be sharing its latest evolution with our enthusiasts and customers here in India. This model represents standard-setting sports car performance along with the convenience of everyday usability, all packaged in a legendary design. Thanks to the extensive range available right from the start, there is a 911 for every driver with each type boasting one overriding trait: pure Porsche performance. The innovations, which allow each version to deliver even more power but with increased efficiency, are nothing short of ground breaking and further extend the 911’s position as a segment leader.”
The new 911 gets major overhauls by way of increased power, design tweaks, technological advancements and increased fuel efficiency while retaining the legendary styling of the Porsche family.
Visibly, the new 911 gets a slim front apron with slim DRLs and larger air-intakes. The rear gets new 3D tail-lights and a new lid grille with black air intake screen & longitudinal louvres.
Other important updates in the new 911 are as follows.
# The new 911 comes in 4 variants – 911 Carrera Cabriolet, 911 Carrera S, 911 Turbo, and 911 Turbo S Cabriolet.
# New turbocharged power units evolved from the racetrack to the road, as part of Porsche’s commitment to technology transfer.
# The Carrera models feature a completely new engine generation with bi-turbo charging, which set the benchmark in terms of performance, driving pleasure and efficiency. The new 911 Carrera produces 370 hp, whilst the 911 Carrera S delivers 420 hp.
# The 911 Carrera does a 0 to 100 kmph in 4.2 seconds while the 911 Carrera S with PDK and Sport Chrono package does it in just 3.9 seconds.
# The 911 Turbo now delivers 540 hp, with the coupe model sprinting from 0 to 100 kmph in 3.0 seconds with a top-speed of 330 kmph.
# All engines come paired to Porsche’s 8-speed PDK dual-clutch automatic transmissions.
# Rear-wheel steering which is available as an option for the Carrera-S models, considerably increases vehicle stability and agility depending upon the speed of the vehicle.
# New GT sports steering wheel with 360mm diameter.
# All 911 models now have a Mode-Switch on the steering wheel. The driver can choose between Normal, Sport, Sport Plus and Individual driving mode.
# The mode switch also gets ‘Sports Response Button’ that gives an active boost in acceleration for 20 seconds, a feature that comes in handy for high speed overtaking.
# New Porsche Communication Management (PCM) system with gesture and voice control delivering improved connectivity.
# The interior now gets a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system which also supports navigation and Apple CarPlay.
# Front axle lift system raises the front of the car by 40mm to ensure smooth travel over speed-breakers or uneven surfaces
# The basic retail price (ex-showroom) for the standard 911 Carrera base model starts at INR 1.39 Crore in Maharashtra and INR 1.42 Crore in Delhi.