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Porsche 911 991.2 Carrera Coupé/Targa/Cabriolet (2015-2018)

Date of unveil by Porsche AG: September 7, 2015, 4WD models incl. Targa October 7, 2015, GTS January 9, 2017
Premiere: September 15, 2015 IAA Frankfurt Motor Show press day
World market launch: December 12, 2015, 4WD models incl. Targa January 2016

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Technical specifications - Coupé

Modification kW lb-ft Nm Gearbox 0-60 mph 0-100 km/h mph km/h kg lb W/lb W/kg
911 991 Carrera Turbo 3.0 Coupé 272 331 450 manual 7-speed 4.4 sec. 4.6 sec. 183 295 1430 3153 86.3 190
        PDK 7-speed 4.2 sec./*4.0 sec. 4.4 sec./*4.2 sec. 182 293 1450 3197 85.1 188
911 991 Carrera S Turbo 3.0 Coupé 309 368 500 manual 7-speed 4.1 sec. 4.3 sec. 191 308 1440 3175 97.3 215
        PDK 7-speed 3.9/*3.7 sec. 4.1/*3.9 sec. 190 306 1460 3219 96.0 212
911 991 Carrera GTS Turbo 3.0 Coupé 331 404 550 manual 7-speed 3.9 sec. 4.1 sec. 194 312 1450 3197 104 228
        PDK 7-speed 3,7/*3.5 sec. 3.9/*3.7 sec. 193 310 1470 3241 102 225
911 991 Carrera 4 Turbo 3.0 Coupé 272 331 450 manual 7-speed 4.3 sec. 4.5 sec. 181 292 1480 3263 83.4 184
        PDK 7-speed 4.1 sec./*3.9 sec. 4.3 sec./*4.1 sec. 180 290 1500 3307 82.3 181
911 991 Carrera 4S Turbo 3.0 Coupé 309 368 500 manual 7-speed 4.0 sec. 4.2 sec. 190 305 1490 3285 94.1 207
        PDK 7-speed 3.8/*3.6 sec. 4.0/*3.8 sec. 188 303 1510 3329 92.8 205
911 991 Carrera 4 GTS Turbo 3.0 Coupé 331 404 550 manual 7-speed 3.8 sec. 4.0 sec. 193 310 1495 3296 100 221
        PDK 7-speed 3.6/*3.4 sec. 3.8/*3.6 sec. 191 308 1515 3340 99.1 218

Technical specifications - Targa

Modification kW lb-ft Nm Gearbox 0-60 mph 0-100 km/h mph km/h kg lb W/lb W/kg
911 991 Targa 4 Turbo 3.0 272 331 450 manual 7-speed 4.5 sec. 4.7 sec. 180 289 1570 3461 78.6 173
        PDK 7-speed 4.3 sec./*4.1 sec. 4.5 sec./*4.3 sec. 178 287 1590 3505 77.6 171
911 991 Targa 4S Turbo 3.0 309 368 500 manual 7-speed 4.2 sec. 4.4 sec. 188 303 1580 3483 88.7 196
        PDK 7-speed 4.0/*3.8 sec. 4.2/*4.0 sec. 187 301 1600 3527 87.6 193
911 991 Targa 4 GTS Turbo 3.0 331 404 550 manual 7-speed 3.9 sec. 4.1 sec. 191 308 1585 3494 94.7 209
        PDK 7-speed 3.7/*3.5 sec. 3.9/*3.7 sec. 190 306 1605 3538 93.6 206

Technical specifications - Cabriolet

Modification kW lb-ft Nm Gearbox 0-60 mph 0-100 km/h mph km/h kg lb W/lb W/kg
911 991 Carrera Turbo 3.0 Cabriolet 272 331 450 manual 7-speed 4.6 sec. 4.8 sec. 181 292 1500 3307 93.4 206
        PDK 7-speed 4.4 sec./*4.2 sec. 4.6 sec./*4.4 sec. 180 290 1520 3351 92.2 203
911 991 Carrera S Turbo 3.0 Cabriolet 309 368 500 manual 7-speed 4.3 sec. 4.5 sec. 190 306 1510 3329 92.8 205
        PDK 7-speed 4.1/*3.9 sec. 4.3/*4.1 sec. 189 304 1530 3373 91.6 202
911 991 Carrera GTS Turbo 3.0 Cabriolet 331 404 550 manual 7-speed 4.0 sec. 4.2 sec. 193 310 1520 3351 98.8 218
        PDK 7-speed 3.8/*3.6 sec. 4.0/*3.8 sec. 191 308 1540 3395 97.5 215
911 991 Carrera 4 Turbo 3.0 Cabriolet 272 331 450 manual 7-speed 4.5 sec. 4.7 sec. 180 289 1550 3417 79.6 175
        PDK 7-speed 4.3 sec./*4.1 sec. 4.5 sec./*4.3 sec. 178 287 1570 3461 78.6 173
911 991 Carrera 4S Turbo 3.0 Cabriolet 309 368 500 manual 7-speed 4.2 sec. 4.4 sec. 188 303 1560 3439 89.8 198
        PDK 7-speed 4.0/*3.8 sec. 4.2/*4.0 sec. 187 301 1580 3483 88.7 196
911 991 Carrera 4 GTS Turbo 3.0 Cabriolet 331 404 550 manual 7-speed 3.9 sec. 4.1 sec. 191 308 1565 3450 95.9 212
        PDK 7-speed 3.7/*3.5 sec. 3.9/*3.7 sec. 190 306 1585 3494 94.7 209

Weight here is DIN weight = car with 90% fuel, no driver, no cargo. Weight of German versions with standard equipment.
* with Launch Control (Sport Chrono package)
Please note: acceleration figures display elapsed time which means time from the moment the car starts to move (not from the moment the start is given), that's the reason these numbers are smaller for PDK than manual gearbox cars.

911 Turbo 3.0 is back

From the end of 2015 (model year 2016) the basic 911 versions have turbocharged engines - and like the very first 911 Turbo 41 years earlier - in the size of 3.0 litres. The model year 2016 911 Turbo 3.0 has two power trims: 272 kW for the Carrera and 309 kW for the Carrera S version. The more powerful version has its turbochargers, exhaust system and engine management software tuned to higher power instead of smaller fuel consumption. The 'S' costs +15%. In both versions the boxer has its redline set at 7500 rpm, which is not bad for a turbocharged engine. 'Carrera' or 'Carrera S' doesn't sound right for the bi-turbo 911 and there's the no-cost option 498 which means the rear lid Carrera sign installation can be skipped at the factory. Unfortunately the "turbo 3.0" sign is not available from the factory.

Performance comparison to previous normally aspirated versions

The turbocharging technology ads weight, but there must have been something else that added the weight as the base version is 50 kg/110 lb heavier and the S version 45 kg/99 lb heavier than before. This is compensated mostly by the added torque (+44 lb-ft/+60 Nm on both versions), but also by 15 kW of added power in the case of the base model. The seriously added torque helps the cars to accelerate faster despite the added weight. The power of the S model should be compared to the previous WLS/GTS version and there it loses a bit (309 kW instead of 316 kW).

Performance comparison inside the Turbo 3.0 versions

The best power-to-weight ratio is on the Carrera S Coupé with manual gearbox with 97.3 W/lb or 215 W/kg. In the other end of the spectre is the model with Targa body (+ 90 kg/198 lb), 4WD (+ 50 kg/110 lb) and PDK (+ 20 kg/44 lb). The 991 Targa 4 Turbo 3.0 has the power-to-weight ratio of 77.6 W/lb or 171 W/kg, which means it is 20% weaker in performance than the Carrera S Coupé with manual gearbox.

New stuff

The rear-axle steering is optionally available for the Carrera S. It ensures greater maneuverability in city traffic thanks to the 20"/50 cm reduced turning circle (10.7 m instead of 11.2 m on RWD models, the effect is smaller on 4WD models). PASM Porsche Active Suspension Management (adjustable shock absorbers) were made standard also for the base model.

The steering wheel - now in the 918 design - has a diameter of 375 mm, but is also available in the size of 360 mm. The optional Sport Chrono pack now has a mode switch on the steering wheel, which consists of a rotary ring with four positions for the driving modes: “0" (Normal), "S" (Sport), "S+" (Sport Plus) and “I" (Individual). Depending on the equipment, the latter setting enables drivers to configure their own individual vehicle set-up (PASM, PADM active engine mounts, PDK shifting strategy and exhaust noise). In combination with PDK the mode switch has an additional Sport Response button. This button helps to overcome the usual low rpm problem associated with PDK-equipped cars. When the button is pressed the car goes to Sport Plus mode for 20 seconds and this way makes overtaking experience closer to the manual gearbox cars.

The active safety of the 991.2 was increased with the post-collision braking system.

GTS

All the GTS versions feature the wider body, black accents everywhere (now even the Targa bar), central lock wheels, Sport Design front spoiler and mirrors. A new black trim strip between the tail lights characterises the rear-wheel-drive models.

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For better aerodynamics the slats are closed when cooling demands are not on the highest © Porsche
The design of the black front spoiler lip is different on the 272 and 309 kW versions© Porsche
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20" standard wheels of the 991.2 Carrera S. This photo also shows the noisier exhaust system.© Porsche
Turbo engines need intercoolers, but the 991.2 Carrera is made without air inlet openings in the sides to justify the price tags on the high end 911 versions. In this context the 991 GT3 RS 4.0 with its normally aspirated engine having side air inlets sounds even more questionable.© Porsche
The width of the rear wheels was increased by 0.5 to 11.5" and the rear tyres of the Carrera S from 295 to 305 mm. The Carrera comes with 19" wheels as standard and the S with 20". © Porsche
The opening for the hot air exit from the intercooler is quite discreet © Porsche
Tail pipe design of the 272 kW version© Porsche
With the "Sports" exhaust system the pipes are located in the middle. It should be understood that turbochargers are the ones that take the resonance out from the exhaust gases and therefore turbo engines don't make the noise of the normally aspirated engines. When a turbo engine makes more noise than usual, there is something wrong in the exhaust system which means the engine is not producing as much power as it is capable of. The optional exhaust system is noisier, but it is not sportier (if you agree that sportier means more power). © Porsche
Every new 911 deserves the trademark reflective bar (remember, all 911s had it 1974-1997), but it is reserved only for the heavier Carrera 4 versions © James Herne / Stuttcars.com
Rear wheel drive GTS has black trim between the rear lamps© Porsche
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Targa-bar is also black on the GTS© Porsche
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New door handles mean the door panel is also different © Porsche
The 19" standard wheels of the 272 kW 911 Turbo 3.0 Cabriolet © Porsche
Optionally available is the hydraulic front axle lift system integrated into the struts. Pressing a button increases the ground clearance by 1.6"/40 mm within 5 seconds. © Porsche
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The weird front spoiler turn signal lense design of the 991.1 was fixed for the 991.2 as expected - great! © Porsche
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SportDesign front and rear spoiler © Porsche
Perfect design © Porsche
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GTS Targa © Porsche
GTS has a lot of Alcantara as the GT3 © Porsche
ACC Adaptive Cruise Control © Porsche
The driving mode switch appears on the steering wheel in conjunction with the Sport Chrono pack. “0" (Normal), "S" (Sport), "S+" (Sport Plus), “I" (Individual). © Porsche
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Front axle lift system button can be seen on the right © Porsche
DAB Digital Audio Broadcasting (digital radio) function is optional© Porsche
The new multi-touch PCM Porsche Communication Management 4 screen is operated like a smartphone. The Google Earth and Google Streetview are integrated for the first time.© Porsche
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Steering wheel with the driving mode switch © Porsche
If you want to be in control of your Porsche, then the manual gearbox is for you. With the PDK the engine revs are kept too low for the best city driving experience and in the Sport-mode the revs are too high for normal everyday use (and it takes a push of a button every time you start the engine). On the race track there is no time difference if it's PDK in Sport+ or manual. Of course, driving a manual takes some skills, but is more involving, gives better feedback and therefore is more fun. Racing Porsches have half-automatic gearboxes (sequential, not PDK), but these cars are driven with maximum rpm and the target is the laptime, not driver fun. If your target is the laptime, go for the GT3 Cup.© Porsche
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One intake for the engine air and two for the intercoolers © Porsche
Air flow through intercoolers© Porsche
2-turbo 3-litre 6-cylinder boxer - nice!© Porsche
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The 3-litre engine with different trims © James Herne / Stuttcars.com
Rear axle steering system is optionally available for the 309 kW version © Porsche
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Prototype

We happened to spot a 991.2 Carrera Turbo prototype in Germany already on July 2, 2014, 14 months before the official introduction. The prototype was made to look like 991.1 Turbo.

2014 July 2: looks like a 991.1 TurboPhotographed by James Herne © Stuttcars.com
Photographed by James Herne © Stuttcars.com

What about the 912?

In addition to the 991.2 Carrera Porsche might introduce the 4-cylinder 912 model again. The 2016 718 Boxster and Cayman have 4-cylinder turbo engines and we guess Porsche might use these engines with the 911 body to sell the cars as 912. After the discontinuation of the 968 in 1995, Porsche has always missed a 4-cylinder 4-seater entry level model. Considering the entry level models are bought by young people, the rear seats would sell the cars.




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Sales brochures

PDF 2015/09 911 Carrera and S Coupé (Turbo 3.0) (13 MB)

PDF 2015/09 911 Carrera and S Coupé (Turbo 3.0) In German/Deutsch (13 MB)

PDF 2015/10 911 Carrera, S, 4, 4S, Coupé, Targa, Cabriolet (Turbo 3.0) (34 MB)

PDF 2015/10 911 Carrera, S, 4, 4S, Coupé, Targa, Cabriolet (Turbo 3.0) In German/Deutsch (18 MB)

Anniversaries
Jan, 30 – 66th death anniversary of Ferdinand Porsche (1951)
Feb, 03 – 33rd birthday of the 962 (1984)
Mar, 05 – 14th birthday of the Carrera GT (2003)
Mar, 06 – 5th birthday of the Boxster 981 (2012)
Mar, 12 – 48th birthday of the 917 (1969)