Porsche unveils new ver­sion of 911 Car­rera

Yorkshire Post - Motoring - - FRONT PAGE - Frederic Manby

THIS is the new Porsche 911 Car­rera, in show­rooms this De­cem­ber after a Septem­ber de­but at the Frankfurt Mo­tor Show. The en­gines are cleaner and more pow­er­ful, in the tail of a body which now has a mix of steel and alu­minium com­po­nents. A four-inch longer wheel base gives the stiffer body bet­ter sta­bil­ity and more cabin space.

The gear­box is the world’s first seven-speed man­ual shift, and the PDK au­to­matic now has a coast­ing func­tion. This, and other mea­sures re­duce fuel con­sump­tion and emis­sions.

The ex­te­rior de­sign is a sub­tle evo­lu­tion of the clas­sic car. It is slightly lower but oth­er­wise a sim­i­lar size, with the front and rear over­hangs short­ened by the longer wheel base. That and the wider front track and new rear axle prom­ises even sharper han­dling. Prices are some £4,000 higher for the 3.4 Car­rera, which re­places the 3.6 model, and £5,000 higher for the 3.8 Car­rera S.

Both en­gines have in­creased power. The £71, 449 Car­rera 3.4 de­liv­ers 345bhp and a 0-62mph time of 4.6 sec­onds. When fit­ted with the ex­tra- cost PDK au­to­matic gear­box it av­er­ages 34.4mpg (up by 6 mpg) and at 194g/km is the first Porsche sports model to beat the 200g/km tar­get. The £81,242 Car­rera S has 394.4bhp for a 0-62mph time of of 4.3 sec­onds.

STYLISH: The new Porsche 911 Car­rera S.

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