Porsche has launched the updated 911 with prices starting at Rs 1.42 crore (ex-showroom, Delhi). Called the 991.2, the revised 911 range for India comprises the Carrera, Carrera S, Turbo, Turbo S, their respective Cabriolet versions and the Targa models.
A seismic step in the evolutionary development of Porsche’s iconic 911 model. The entire 911 Carrera range now features turbocharging, with both the Carrera and Carrera S models receiving a newly developed twin-turbo 3.0-litre flat-six engine. That’s to the benefit of emissions and economy.
To be precise, the engine now is a 2,981cc, twin-turbocharged flat-six engine, Porsche claims that the new unit produces less emissions than the older car’s 3.4-litre and 3.8-litre naturally aspirated units.
It produces 370hp and 450Nm on the Carrera, but is tuned to make 420hp and 500Nm on the more powerful Carrera S. Power is transmitted to the rear wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.
The Turbo range carries over the previous car’s 3,800cc, turbocharged flat-six engine, but has been tweaked to make more power and torque. It produces 540hp and 660Nm on the standard 911 Turbo and 580hp and 700Nm on the Turbo S.
Besides the mechanical changes, the cars have received a cosmetic update as well. The 991.2 is what the industry calls a mid-cycle refresh. Most people just call it a face-lift, but that term is a bit looser here, because the 911.2 looks almost identical to its predecessor.
A careful look will reveal that virtually every panel and piece of trim on the car has changed; taillights, headlights, fender curves, and engine lid are all different. The interiors are equipped with a new touchscreen infotainment system and offer the option of a sports steering wheel from the 918 Spyder hybrid supercar. The facelift applies to all the 911 models except for the GT3, GT3 RS and R.
To expand its presence in India, Porsche plans to add two more showrooms at Chennai and Hyderabad in the coming months to add to its existing six outlets.