After months of spy photos and numerous rumors, the facelifted Porsche 911 Carrera is making its official premiere and unsurprisingly the cosmetic tweaks have been kept down to a minimum. It takes a keen eye to notice the headlights and taillights have received different graphics and a new layout with a four-point configuration while the door handles have also gone through a minor nip & tuck. Perhaps the most significant modification is at the back where the engine cover has lost the horizontal louvres which have been replaced by vertical slats.
By far the most important novelty is the removal of the naturally aspirated engine which has been replaced by a brand new twin-turbo six-cylinder, 3.0-liter that delivers 370 bhp and 450 Nm in the base 911 Carrera and 420 bhp and 500 Nm in the higher specification Carrera S. This represents a 20 bhp and 60 Nm boost compared to the pre-facelift models.
In terms of performance, the 911 Carrera fitted with the PDK will need 4.2 seconds to run the 0-100 kmph sprint whereas the 911 Carrera S can accomplish the same task in as little as 3.9 seconds before reaching a maximum speed which has increased to 308 kmph. Aside from being more powerful and quicker than their predecessors, the facelifted Carrera models are also 12% more economical as the 911 Carrera S with the optional PDK can now do 13 kmpl.
Those who plan on getting the Sport Chrono Package should know this comes with an updated steering wheel that has a mode switch with a rotary ring from where the driver can choose the four modes: Normal, Sport, Sport Plus and Individual. There’s also a Sport Response Button for the PDK-equipped model which pre-conditions the engine for maximum acceleration for 20 seconds.
Photos of the interior cabin have not been provided, but Porsche says the facelifted 911 Carrera has a new infotainment system with a 7-inch screen and support for multi-touch gesture recognition, Apple CarPlay along with an improved navigation system that for the first time integrates Google Streetview. Also inside is a new smartphone tray built into the center armrest that comes with an integrated charger and when the phone is placed inside it will boost signal strength.
Porsche will launch the 911 Carrera facelift in December in Germany before bringing the car worldwide next year.