Porsche has unveiled the facelifted 911 Carrera, ahead of its debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

Porsche has unveiled the facelifted 911 Carrera ahead of its debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

Looking instantly recognizable, the facelifted model has new headlights with four-point daytime running lights.  The car also features restyled wheels, modified door handles and a new engine cover with vertical louvres.  Last but not least, there's slightly revised taillights with four-point brake lights.

Porsche declined to release interior pictures but confirmed the model will come with a new Porsche Communication Management System (PCM).  It features a seven-inch display with multi-touch gesture recognition, Apple CarPlay compatibility and a "significantly improved" navigation system with real-time traffic information.  The navigation system also has Google Earth and Google Streetview integration for the first time.

The interior also gains a new smartphone tray in that is integrated into the center armrest.   The tray has an integrated charger as well as "optimized mobile phone reception."

The facelifted Porsche 911 has several new and updated features including:

  • An optional automatic speed control system which can now apply the brakes with the pre-set speed is exceeded.
  • An optional Adaptive Cruise Control system with a coasting function (when equipped with the PDK transmission)
  • An optional lane change assistant system that warns the driver about vehicles in their blind spots.
  • A standard post-collision braking system.

Models equipped with the Sport Chrono Package also gain a revised steering wheel with a mode switch that has a rotary ring for selecting the four driving modes:  “Normal”, “Sport”, “Sport Plus” and “Individual”.  Models with the PDK transmission also receive a "Sport Response Button” that pre-conditions the drivetrain for maximum acceleration for 20 seconds.  When the button is pressed, "the optimum gear is engaged and the engine management [is] adjusted to an even more spontaneous response for a short time."

Power is provided by a new twin-turbo 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine.  It produces 370 PS (272 kW) and 450 Nm (331 lb-ft) of torque in the Carrera and 420 PS (309 kW) and 500 Nm (368 lb-ft) of torque in the Carrera S - an increase of 20 PS (14 kW) and 60 Nm (44 lb-ft) over their predecessors.

When equipped with the PDK transmission and the Sport Chrono Package, the 911 Carrera Coupe can accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 4.2 seconds.  The 911 Carrera S Coupe can accomplish the same task in 3.9 seconds before hitting an increased top speed of 308 km/h (191 mph).

Despite the improved performance, the models are approximately 12 percent more efficient than their predecessors.  This will pay dividends at the pump as the 911 Carrera S - with the PDK transmission - now consumes 7.7 L/100km which is an improvement of 1.0 L/100km.

Speaking of performance, the 911 Carrera gains a standard PASM (Porsche Active Suspension Management) chassis, new shock absorbers and an optional active rear-axle steering system.

The facelifted Porsche 911 will be launched in Germany on December 12th and pricing starts at 96,605 euros.


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