The engines, as you would expect, are characterised by six horizontally opposed cylinders. The 3.4-litre engine in the 911 Carrera models produces 257 kW (350 hp) ; in the 911 Carrera S models, the 3.8-litre engine develops 294 kW (400 hp). All variants are equipped with direct fuel injection (DFI) and VarioCam Plus for increased power and comparatively low fuel consumption.
Power is transmitted to the wheels by the 7-speed manual gearbox with the highest gear designed specifically with fuel economy in mind or, optionally, by efficiency-enhanced Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK), which offers gear changes with no interruption in the flow of power.
On the 911 Carrera all-wheel-drive models, the enhanced Porsche Traction Management (PTM) distributes the power to the wheels according to weather and road conditions. Handling is even more poised, particularly when the car is being driven to its limits. As a result, you are safer not just in the wet and snow, but also when adopting a sporty driving style.
The chassis is also packed with forward-looking technology. Fitted as standard in the 911 Carrera S and 911 Carrera S Cabriolet, Porsche Torque Vectoring (PTV) increases dynamic performance. Available as an option for the S models, Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC) improves dynamic performance further still. Dynamic engine mounts, available as an option for all models, provide perceptibly more precise handling – and not just when cornering.
The 911 has a lightweight composite construction in aluminium and steel. Used extensively and in just the right places, lightweight aluminium improves fuel economy and dynamic performance and helps to achieve an excellent weight to power ratio of 4.7 kg/kW (3.5 kg/hp) for the 911 Carrera S, for example.
You could ask whether the sports car is still relevant. It would be a good question, but you might as well ask the same of dreams.
The answer to both questions lies in the future or, to be more precise, in the future of the sports car. In the 911, the future is already here. The highly efficient, state-of-the-art engines make a considerable contribution to the comparatively low fuel consumption, but their sound is still unmistakably Porsche.
The 911 engines are also unmistakably sporty thanks to the SPORT button fitted as standard. At the push of a button, the engine becomes tuned for a sharper response and engine dynamics that are even more direct.
The 3.4-litre engine of the 911 Carrera models demonstrates, therefore, that performance and efficiency need not be mutually exclusive. Rather, the downsized engine capacity and increased maximum torque are the intelligent basis by which power output can be increased in an environmentally acceptable and sustainable way. Fuel consumption and CO2 emissions have been reduced by up to 16% compared with the previous model.
In their search for improved efficiency, our engineers analysed an extensive series of engine components. Answers were found, including rapid heating of the engine and gearbox to normal operating temperature after an engine start by the thermal management system, improved air induction and extremely effective direct fuel injection (DFI).
The same principle applies to the 3.8-litre engine in the 911 Carrera S models. There has been no change in displacement since the previous model, but power output has been increased while fuel consumption has been reduced by up to 15%.
Weight is critical to efficiency. This is why the engines have a light-alloy construction, making them lightweight and yet structurally rigid. The result is comparatively low fuel consumption and a long service life.
The engine is the intelligent core of our identity. What else could the ‘Dr. Ing. ’ in our company name possibly stand for?
The 911 Carrera base models are equipped with a 3.4-litre boxer engine with direct fuel injection (DFI) and VarioCam Plus. It develops 257 kW (350 hp) at 7,400 rpm and the maximum torque is 390 Nm at 5,600 rpm.
For the 911 Carrera with 7-speed manual gearbox, this means acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.8 seconds and a top speed of 289 km/h. The new 911 Carrera 4 accelerates to 100 km/h in 4.9 seconds and has a top speed of 285 km/h.
The 911 Carrera S models are powered by a 3.8-litre boxer engine with direct fuel injection (DFI) and VarioCam Plus. It produces 294 kW (400 hp) at 7,400 rpm and the maximum torque of 440 Nm is achieved at 5,600 rpm.
With optional Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK), the 911 Carrera S accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.3 seconds and achieves a top speed of 302 km/h. The new Carrera 4S completes the 0 to 100 km/h sprint in 4.3 seconds and boasts a top speed of 297 km/h.
The EMS SDI 9.1 engine management system ensures optimum engine performance at all times. It controls, for example, the position of the electronic throttle valve (ETC) – a prerequisite for compatibility with the Porsche Stability Management (PSM), which comes as standard. It also regulates all engine-related functions to achieve optimum fuel consumption, emissions and power output whatever the driving style.
Another function is the cylinder-specific knock control. Since the cylinders never all work under exactly the same conditions, the knock control function monitors each one separately. The ignition point is shifted individually, as and when necessary, to protect the cylinders and pistons at high engine speeds.
For compliance with EU standards, the on-board diagnostics detect any faults and defects that may occur in the exhaust and fuel systems and then notify the driver immediately. This also prevents increased pollutant emissions and unnecessary fuel consumption.
PTV in conjunction with the manual gearbox, or PTV Plus with Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK), are available as options for the 911 Carrera models and standard in the 911 Carrera S models. Both systems actively enhance vehicle dynamics and stability. Operating in conjunction with a mechanical (PTV) or electronic (PTV Plus) rear differential lock, they work by braking the rear wheels as the situation demands.
As a function of steering angle and steering speed, accelerator pedal position, yaw rate and vehicle speed, PTV and PTV Plus are able to improve steering response and steering precision by specific braking of the right or left rear wheel.
To be more precise, this means that when the car is driven assertively into a corner, moderate brake pressure is applied to the inside rear wheel. Consequently, a greater amount of drive force is distributed to the outside rear wheel, inducing an additional rotational pulse (yaw movement) around the vehicle’s vertical axis. This results in a direct and sporty steering action as the car enters the corner.
At low and medium vehicle speeds, PTV and PTV Plus significantly increase agility and steering precision. At high speeds and when accelerating out of corners, the rear differential lock ensures greater driving stability. With PTV, the differential lock is regulated mechanically; with PTV Plus, it is regulated electronically and the torque distribution is infinitely variable. Whichever system is fitted, it interacts with Porsche Stability Management (PSM) to improve driving stability on a range of surface conditions, including the wet and snow.
For the driver, this means remarkable stability, easier handling and outstanding traction as well as greater agility at every speed with precise steering and stable load transfer characteristics. What else? Unrivaled driving pleasure at every twist and turn.
PASM, the electronic damping control system, is standard in the 911 Carrera S models and available as an option for the 911 Carrera models. It actively and continuously regulates damping forces according to driving style and road conditions. In addition, the suspension is lowered by 0.39-inch (10mm).
PASM has two modes, which can be selected using a separate button on the center console: ‘Normal’, which is a blend of performance and comfort, and ‘Sport’ where the setup is much firmer.
Sensors record the body movements that accompany powerful acceleration, braking or uneven road surfaces. In the 911, the number of sensors has been increased for improved data acquisition and even more efficient control interventions. The PASM control unit evaluates the driving conditions and modifies the damping force on each of the wheels in accordance with the selected mode.
In ‘Sport’ mode, the suspension is set to a harder damper rating. On uneven roads, PASM immediately switches to a softer rating, thereby improving contact between the wheels and the road. When the road surface improves, PASM automatically reverts to the original, harder rating. If ‘Normal’ mode is selected and the driver’s style becomes more assertive, PASM automatically switches to a harder rating. Damping firms up, and driving stability and road safety are increased.
The results are tangible: increased driving stability, improved comfort and enhanced performance.
The PASM sports suspension is available as an option for the 911 Carrera Coupe models in conjunction with 20-inch wheels and Porsche Torque Vectoring (PTV) or Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus (PTV Plus).
The ride height is 0.79 of an inch (20 mm) lower than with the standard 911 Carrera suspension, and 0.39 of an inch (10 mm) lower than the PASM suspension. The springs are harder and shorter, and the anti-roll bars on the front and rear axles are stiffer. The front spoiler lip has a more sporty geometry, the rear spoiler extends even further. These not only further reduce lift at the front axle, but also provide downforce at the rear axle for improved aerodynamics and even better performance.
Fitted as standard, the SPORT button enables you to select a suspension setup where the emphasis is on either comfort or sporty performance. At the push of a button, the electronic engine management system switches the engine mapping to offer an even sharper response and engine dynamics that are more direct.
In vehicles with Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK), upshifts take place at higher engine speeds and downshifts happen sooner. In addition, coasting mode and the auto start/stop function are automatically deactivated. If fitted, the optional sports exhaust system is also activated automatically.
The Sport Chrono Package including dynamic engine mounts is available as an option. This integrated system provides simultaneous enhancement for the chassis, engine and transmission.
Included in the package are a performance display, a digital and an analog stopwatch and the SPORT PLUS button. An additional display in the steering wheel and instrument cluster indicates whether the SPORT buttons and Launch Control have been activated.
On activation of SPORT PLUS mode, Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) and, in the 911 Carrera S models, optional Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC) switch to a harder damping setting and offer more direct steering and, therefore, better road holding.
In SPORT PLUS mode, the trigger threshold for PSM is raised. Agility is perceptibly enhanced when braking for corners with PSM, allowing sportier braking and exit acceleration. For maximum dexterity, PSM can be set to standby while the car is still in SPORT PLUS mode. For safety, it is set to intervene automatically only when ABS assistance is required on both the front wheels.
In combination with PDK, the Sport Chrono Package has two additional functions for a sporty drive that borders on a motorsport experience. The first is ‘Launch Control’, which can be used on the track to achieve the best possible standing start – a racing start.
The second function is the motorsport-derived gearshift strategy’. Using this, Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK) is geared up for extremely short shift times and optimum shift points for the maximum acceleration available. This combination of uncompromising and involving performance is ideal for the racetrack.
A key component of the Sport Chrono Package is the stopwatch mounted on the dashboard. In conjunction with the optional PCM, a special performance display enables you to view, store and evaluate lap times or other driving times. It shows the total driving time, lap distance, lap number and lap times recorded so far.
A feature of the Sport Chrono Package borrowed from motorsport is the dynamic engine mounts. These exploit the laws of physics for your own driving pleasure.
A widely held belief about motorsport is that power is the only thing that matters. From experience, we know better. Extra horsepower alone has never been enough to win a single race. Much more important to us are ideas – ideas that inspire more intelligent vehicle concepts and more efficient drive systems. The same applies on the road. It’s about getting the most out of what you’ve got.
The Auto Start/Stop function is standard in the 911 Carrera models.
In cars with the manual gearbox, the engine switches off automatically when, for example, you stop at traffic lights, select neutral and release the clutch pedal. In cars with Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK), the engine switches off whenever you stop and leave your foot on the brake pedal.
All audio and communication systems remain switched on and the climate control continues to maintain your selected temperature. The only differences you will notice are the silence at the rear and the fuel saving. As soon as you operate the clutch or release the brake, the engine will restart swiftly and smoothly.
The Auto Start/Stop function may remain inactive under particular circumstances, for example: extreme outside temperatures, when the SPORT button is selected or if battery charge is low. It is also possible to deactivate the function manually using a separate button on the center console.
The thermal management system regulates the temperature in the engine and gearbox through the intelligent manipulation of heat flow.
In this way, the engine and transmission reach their optimum operating temperature sooner. As a result, fuel consumption is reduced through increased combustion efficiency and lubrication performance.
The 911 Carrera models are also equipped as standard with fuel-saving electrical system recuperation technology. The vehicle battery is recharged by the alternator, predominantly under braking. Under acceleration, on the other hand, the power draw of the alternator is limited to increase the engine output available for driving. The electrical systems are supplied by the electrical energy stored during the recharging process.
The 911 Carrera models are equipped as standard with Bi-Xenon headlights including a headlight cleaning system and dynamic range control. With dipped or main beam, the road ahead is illuminated more uniformly.
The LED front light units incorporate direction indicators, daytime running lights and position lights.
Automatic headlight activation is also included as standard. The moment it gets dark, the daytime running lights switch off and the dipped beam headlights switch on automatically.
Cutting edge LED technology is also used for the taillights, the high-level third brake light, the licence plate illumination, the rear direction indicators, the rear fog light and – on all-wheel-drive models – the rear light strip. LEDs provide better illumination and respond more quickly to driver input. In the event of sudden braking, the adaptive LED brake lights begin to pulsate. If the vehicle is braked to a halt, the hazard warning lights will switch on automatically, alerting following traffic more quickly to a critical situation.
The lighting system features an automatic switch-off and the ‘Welcome Home’ function. It’s good to know what’s around the next corner or on the way to your front door.
The Porsche Dynamic Light System (PDLS) is available as an option.
Its dynamic cornering light function swivels the headlights towards the inside of a bend, based on steering angle and road speed, in order to illuminate more of the road at tight bends and turns. Put simply, the road ahead is illuminated the moment you enter a bend.
The system also offers speed-sensitive headlight range control. With adaptive light systems, it is possible for the maximum range of the dipped beams to be increased as a function of the speed of the vehicle. PDLS takes care of this automatically in two stages. Stage 1 is the basic position for driving in city traffic, for example. Stage 2 is designed for driving at faster speeds, such as on the motorway. Above 80 mph, the range is adapted again.
Another feature of PDLS is the adverse weather function, activated whenever the rear fog light is switched on. It reduces the effect of reflection phenomena in poor visibility conditions to avoid the risk of the driver being dazzled.
Engineering and style – and Porsche identity on the inside, as demonstrated by the ascending center console. In typical Porsche fashion, the use of form follows a basic principle: focus on the driver. This is why the distance between the gear lever or selector and steering wheel is extremely short and the operating logic, such as that of the two-zone air conditioning system or the suspension settings, is clear and uncomplicated. You shouldn’t have to browse one submenu after another. You should instead be able to concentrate on what’s important: the road.
Our materials are high quality with a sporty character. The steering wheel rim, door pulls and armrests are in leather, for instance. Alcantara has proven its worth in motorsport and is used as standard for the roof lining of the Coupe models.
In addition to the choice of Black, Platinum Grey, Luxor Beige and Yachting Blue for the interior, there is a wide range of other personalization options available, including two-tone color combination or special colors and materials such as carbon, aluminum or high-quality wood.
Engineering that takes you forward: optional Porsche Communication Management (PCM) with navigation module and a high-resolution 7-inch color touchscreen. PCM is your control center for audio, navigation and communication functions.
Another element of the Porsche identity is sound. Fitted as standard, the CDR audio system with 7-inch color touchscreen and the Sound Package Plus offer outstanding performance with a total output of 235 watts. Available as an option is the BOSE® Surround Sound System with a total output of 445 watts. In short, it delivers powerful audio playback combined with an impressive spatial sound.
No system promises such high standards in the 911, and fulfills them, as the optional High-End Surround Sound System from Burmester®, the bespoke manufacturer based in Berlin and one of the most respected premium audio manufacturers worldwide. With a total output of 821 watts, it ensures an incredible audio experience.
Our patented integral subwoofer enhances the bass performance of both optional sound systems and also saves weight. Typically Porsche.
Ergonomics, style and sound. Sports car technology, intelligently combined.