Text: Marcus De Guzman / Photos: Newspress UK | posted September 16, 2015 08:38
Porsche updates the 911 for 2016 with exterior tweaks, new twin-turbo engine
The 2016 Porsche 911 has officially arrived at this year’s Frankfurt Motor Show. Billed by the automaker as a facelift, the sports car now carries minor aesthetic revisions, an updated Porsche Management System and a new twin-turbo charged flat-six.
Compared to the current model, the 2016 911 gets new headlights that comes with four-point daytime running lights. Also seen up front are updated air vents and a larger bumper. Moving to the side, it has new side mirrors and reshaped door handles.
The rear section gets the most apparent change as the engine cover now has vertical louvers, new rear bumper and slightly tweaked taillights.
Aboard the 911, it has a two-tone cabin and the updated Porsche Management System (PSM) which features a 7-inch display with multi-touch gestures, online satellite navigation, voice control, Wi-Fi and Apple CarPlay compatibility.
When fitted with the optional Sport Chrono Package, the 2016 911 will get a steering wheel-mounted four-mode switch knob that has 4 driving modes: Normal, Sport, Sport Plus and Individual. It also has a new Sport Response button which sets the 911’s drivetrain for 20 seconds of maximum acceleration.
The naturally aspirated engine has been replaced with a new 3.0-liter twin-turbo flat-six. It produces 375 PS and 420 Nm of torque on the standard Carrera and 420 PS and 500 Nm of torque for the Carrera S. With it, both models get an increase of 20 PS and 60 Nm compared to the pre-facelift versions.
When mated with the optional PDK transmission and Sport Chrono Package, the two cars can leap from 0 – 100 km/h in 4.2 and 3.9 seconds accordingly.