Sime Darby Auto Performance (SDAP), the official importer of Porsche vehicles in Malaysia, was at the Sepang International Circuit (SIC), where it was engulfed in prestige and excitement as they unveiled the latest Porsche 911 (991) Carrera and Carrera S.
Constructed from a combination of aluminium and steel, the new 911 Carrera is 25% more rigid and overall 90% new and SDAP is outfitting both the Carrera and Carrera S with the Porsche Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (PDK) 7-speed gearbox. Those who wish to have a manual transmission will need to put in a special request and SDAP will refund you the difference.
With the PDK installed as standard, the new 991 now weighs in at 1,400kg (Carrera S weighs 1,415kg), even though its dimensions have increased where the new 991 now sits on a 100mm longer wheelbase with shorter overhangs and a 50mm wider track. In terms of performance, Porsche is claiming that the new 911 is able to lap the Nürburgring 14s faster than the GT3 in a time of 7min 40s on normal street tyres, whereas the GT3 did it on semi-slicks.
If you drive a Cayenne or Panamera, you’ll find the 991’s new interior to be a familiar sight with the inclusion of a 7″ touch screen that comes with satellite navigation and an impressive Bose sound system
Currently, the 3.4L 911 Carrera’s direct injection aluminium flat-6 boxer engine receives an additional 5bhp (but no gain in torque), pumping out 350bhp at 7,400rpm and 390Nm of torque at 5,600rpm. The Carrera S, on the other hand, possesses the same engine block, but with 3.8L of displacement at its disposal instead and power output now gets a jump of 15bhp and 20Nm torque to settle at 400bhp at 7,400rpm and 440Nm of torque at 5,600Nm. Horsepower and torque for both variants now require an additional 900rpm and 1,200rpm respectively to achieve peak performance. Currently, the engine is tuned to accept RON98, which means you’ll need to supplement it with an octane booster or find a petrol station that serves RON98.
With both power and torque peaking later than before, it now allows for a smoother ride, yet still able to achieve respectable performance gains. Now all that abuse gets delivered to the rear’s 295/30 Pirelli P Zero tyres, while the fronts are 245/35 (both front and rear employ the use of 20″ alloy rims on both varaints), via a 7-speed Porsche Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (PDK) as standard, which has been designed to combine comfort for long distances and fuel efficiency in mind without compromising on performance.
The current Carrera has been engineered to perform markedly better than its predecessor coming in 0.1s faster at 4.6s for the 0-100kmh century sprint and topping out at 286kmh, while the Carrera S achieves this with a 0.2s improvement at 4.3s before topping out 15kmh faster, at 302kmh. Having a drag Coefficient (Cd) of 0.29 certainly helps and weighing
The auto start/stop function is being fitted as standard and gets activated 1s after the car comes to a full stop with the brake pedal is still engaged, even if the gear shifter is in or is shifted into P, N, D or M and so long as the engine and transmission have reached their operating temperature.
The PDK’s 1st to 6th gears been sport-tuned, with top speed being reached on 6th gear at 287kmh. However, the 7th gear has a high overdrive gear ratio that drops the engine speed to a much lower rev, thereby lowering fuel consumption, allowing for greater comfort to be realized as you cruise long distances.
Optimum fuel consumption for the Carrera with PDK is at 8.1L/100km emitting 194g/km of CO2 while the Carrera S with PDK consumes 9.5L/100km and emits 205g/km of CO2.
Pricing for both the Carrera and Carrera S has yet to be finalised, but SDAP has indicated that the Duty Free price of the Carrera is RM430,000 while the Carrera S is RM490,000. Further price confirmation should occur within a period of four to six weeks. There is also an inclusion of a 4 year free service and maintenance warranty.