Turbo - anxiety Penalty - facelift?

Hockenheim, September 8, 2015

That an outcry through the acclaimed Porsche Country ( and somehow also by the entire sports car world ) would go, so could be expected. Ever since sometime around the middle of last year it was clear that even the Elfer with its next facelift a couple of these hateful turbocharger gets strapped into the back.

Even icons must save

The reasons for the delicate step likely to be widely known. Sharper CO2 emissions regulations and fleet consumption figures make just before icons not stop. Now 911 Carrera and Carrera S were indeed already not been made ​​fuel spin, but who knows the meticulousness of a Swabian engine developer who knows: " A bissle what allerwei goes. " A bissle which means in this case: a CO2 reduction of up to 14 percent. Somewhat clearer means: The Carrera with PDK transmission needs now 7.4 liters and emits 169 grams of CO2 per kilometer (previously: 8.2 and 189 ), the Carrera S are 7.7 liters and 174 grams (previously: 8.7 and 199).

Just not a classic Turbo

And because Porsche a new model to not without a noteworthy piece More power can rarely on the road ?? Carrera and Carrera S receive respectively 20 horsepower and 60 Newton meters more ?? was " taboo " ( the latest since the Ferrari 488 no longer is so tabubruchig ) finally inevitable. In about three years of development, now therefore resulted in a 3.0 - liter six-cylinder twin-turbo boxer who does very many clever things, just by the purists and so-called experts (read: the eternal bleating journalists ) not the predicate " of progress makes things worse to get " pressed.

Actually, everything is new

All enumerate the measures to make the new turbo engine into a real sports ( and savings ) engine, would here probably blatantly beyond the scope and people without engineering studies and bored maybe a little. The easily digestible shorthand provides as follows: Furthermore, six cylinder, slightly less cubic capacity, but two sides lying down wastegate turbocharger ( Porsche calls it " rightsizing ", because downsizing and Porsche just want to fit together not so good ). There is a completely new air management system with central suction and two intercoolers and a new cylinder head and a mutually adaptive valve control with a variable camshaft on the inlet and at the outlet, which is the first time significantly improve the response at low engine speeds.

Chart - winner

In 911 of the new Biturbo to 370 PS and 450 Nm of comes, the Carrera S 420 hp and 500 Newton meters. The S gets the thicker values ​​by larger compressor on the turbocharger, a modified exhaust system ( with valve control ) and an increase in boost pressure by 0.9 to 1.1 bar. Regardless of the version, the full torque is available at 1,700 r / min and it is like a very thick wall all the way up to 5,000 rev / min. Its rated power supplies of the first Turbo Carrera at 6,500 tours. The maximum speed is 7,500 trips. By comparison, the previous 3.8-liter Carrera S sucker had its power and torque peak at 7,400 or 5,600 tours and turned more than 7,800 tours. A view of the performance chart confirmed the suspicion: There is of everything a lot more than before. And this despite charging also scary large parts of the engine speed range.

Of course, even faster

Unsurprisingly the much-discussed drive also provides better performance: With PDK and Sport Chrono Package, the Carrera S now pops in 3.9 seconds to 100 km / h ( previously: 4.1 seconds ), which he officially the first Carrera is the this feat achieved in under four seconds. The normal Carrera needs in the same configuration 4.2 seconds (previously 4.4 seconds ). The speed limits are 295 or 308 km / h.

Save where it goes

Compared to the old naturally aspirated engines, the new turbo engine thanks to various lightweight construction is ( alone tweaks to the crankcase, oil pan and oil pump bring about five kilos ) " only " to become a good 20 kilos heavier. According to Porsche engine chief Jörg Kerner, who describes the new turbo engine as his baby, a complete Biturbo implementation normally ensures an additional weight of just 35 kilos. Other precious drops are also gaining in Zuffenhausen by first-demand water pumps and air compressors, as well as through some terribly clever detail improvements to the dual-clutch gearbox. This affects the sailing and the start-stop system. In addition, there is now also known from the 911 Turbo virtual intermediate gears that reduce the speed in calm driving style. Aerodynamically it helps by including new, active cooling air flaps on the front air intakes significantly grown. The drag coefficient is lowered to 0.29.

Voltage at Hockenheim

As impressive Porsches technology fireworks in theory it may sound: If the new Penalty unresponsive befitting, rotates and babbles, it was all for naught. In order to convince us that everything responds as before, around and babbling, send us Porsche ?? this time still in the passenger seat ?? on a couple of quick Hockenheim rounds. I sit in a normal Carrera with the normal exhaust system and gearbox. So it is so thoroughly honest, as it gets and if the funkioniert and emotionalizes here, you really have done right in Zuffenhausen everything. We start in the normal mode ( with the optional Sport Chrono Package, there is also the modes Sport, Sport Plus and individual, which can be adjusted as the big 918 with a fancy new ring switch on the steering wheel ) and fire equal to some decent speeds from.

Sound? fit

To calm ahead: The typical boxer sound will remain the Carrera in the new turbo era. Two sound channels transmit the intake sound into the cabin. All genuine, no computer arias, says Porsche. And? It works. The Elfer Boxer t as ever. Only that it is now just a little whistles. Maybe the sound is a Fitzelchen subtle than before, but you would put blindfolded in this car, you knew pretty fast pretty much where you are. Of course it's just a Einduck next door, but also the response, even in lugging area looks extremely impressive in this supercharged facelift Carrera. We go to the Sport mode and immediately fluffed the penalty on. He is now louder and more alert. And again: The sound is definitely satisfactory for professional pessimists. Even without the optional sports exhaust system that you will continue to recognize the central tailpipes, the Porsche is as it should be.

They allow you to get used to

The complete speed center is of course much more monumental than you were used to from the old suckers. How brash and brave the three-liter biturbo but aufgeigt even beyond the 6,000 tours, then just a little surprised. Press in addition the new " Performance - button " in the center of the steering wheel ring and switch for 20 seconds gives you the Penalty everything he has. What is intended for smoother overtaking, has a kind of fast-and-furious - humor that one would have to Zuffenhausenern not have expected. The absolute greed, with the basic Carrera now shoots forward, yet is extremely amusing. It may ultimately not quite be the glaring screaming speed fireworks as before, however, ?? so at least the first ride-impression ?? should all may very well get used to this kind of power delivery to the most incorrigible purists.

More Spreitzung in suspension

Among the changes in the chassis can be on a flat pot and on that day plenty of soggy course as the Hockenheimring course say little. Just this: The 911 Carrera Facelift is ten millimeters lower than in the past and has the adaptive and provided with new dampers PASM suspension now standard on board. Porsche expects this to bring even more Spreitzung between "Full Pulle" and suitability for everyday use. Blank With the new ESP intermediate "PSM-Sport", moreover, quite daring drift angles go without the safety parachute is completely thrown overboard. On the rain-soaked ring that was seen more than impressive. If you stand on small turning circles and a little more stability in fast corners, you get (only in the Carrera S) surcharge now also known from the 911 Turbo and the GT3 models rear axle. Another option, but for all models: A front-axle lift function, the underground garages and other steep driveways shows the long nose.

Modern Times in the cockpit

That leaves the cockpit, which now hosts a suspiciously smooth, large and modern-looking seven-inch screen. Yes, Porsche has disposed of the obsolete PCM infotainment and replaced by a new system that has all the fine art gimmicks plan that the VW Group currently has to offer. Included Internet, Apple carplay, real-time navigation and Google Maps map. You use it as your smartphone, the destination search is as simple and smart as a Google search and overall it makes a very great impression.

Expensive at first glance

Turbo Facelift supplement Porsche can be had by the Bank with the reward of 6,000 euros surcharge compared to Vorfacelift. However, the excellent infotainment system and the PASM suspension is now standard here. The 911 Carrera starts at 96,605 euros in future which 911 Carrera S with 110 766 euros. The convertibles are just under 13,000 euros more expensive.

Time conjured again

Ultimately, large parts of the Elfer - turbo panic but likely to dissolve fairly quickly in air. After the first ride can emit vague prognosis: The waiver is likely to be limited, but the consumption could actually significantly reduced by the higher, earlier torque just at the most everyday journeys. It is often forgotten that Porsche has a more than 40-year tradition and the Turbo 911 Turbo has become over the years into an internationally revered luminary. If anyone can build a force-ventilated sports cars for real enthusiasts, then surely the gentlemen from Zuffenhausen. From 12 December 2015, has come. ( sw )