Every child recognises a 911, but can its identity be described in words? It can, by looking more closely at the use of form, proportions and contours. The roof line tapers down into the rear. The wings are higher than the front lid and, at the rear, they add muscle. They give the 911 its distinctive expression and leave you in no doubt as to its temperament.
The overall appearance is low, wide and sleek. Typically 911.
So, is everything just the same as it has been since 1963? Yes, and no. After all, only those who change will remain true to themselves – and we’ve changed.
Our designers and engineers speak guardedly about the 911 evolution. Meanwhile, they continually manage to take great strides forward with innovations motivated by the principle that these should be functional and perfectly compatible. The result is a harmonious overall concept that makes the new 911 a sportscar fit for the 21st century.
To show you what we mean, we should start by looking at the car’s exterior. The wheelbase of the new 911 is 100 mm longer for improved driving stability and cornering dynamics. Overhang is now shorter at the front and rear, making the new 911 look even more compact.
The sporty overall impression is emphasised by the lower roof line and a wider track at the front – 46 mm on the 911 Carrera models and 52 mm on the 911 Carrera S models. For improved aerodynamics, the exterior mirrors are now mounted directly on the doors. Increased agility is just one of the results of all these refinements.
The silhouette is therefore typically 911 and typical in terms of its development, which will now be described in more detail.
The new vehicle architecture, with a wider track at the front axle and the lower roof line, gives the front of the new 911 a dynamic appearance that is sporty and elegant. Fitted as standard, the new Bi-Xenon headlights still have the familiar oval-shaped surrounds for classic appeal and reveal their technically impressive inner workings. The Porsche Dynamic Light System (PDLS) with dynamic cornering lights and speed-sensitive headlight control logic is available as an option.
The direction indicators, daytime running lights and position lights are all LEDs and are integrated into the separate front light units. Their slimline design contrasts with that of the rounded headlights. Together with the two integral air intakes, they make the front of the new 911 unmistakable.
At the rear, everything feels sharper: the styling, the appearance and the effect. This is due not least to the distinctive profile edge and new LED taillights, their stretched design accentuating the horizontal contouring of the rear. The characteristic reflector units have been positioned lower down but are still recognisable, particularly at night.
The stainless-steel tailpipes have been restyled. On the 911 Carrera S models, twin tailpipes are fitted on both sides. One new feature is the wider, extendable rear spoiler, which reduces lift in all driving situations and increases driving stability.
The 911 Carrera models and the 911 Carrera S models are equipped as standard with 19-inch and 20-inch wheels respectively. One inch larger than those on the respective previous model, they enhance the sporty presence of the new 911. Newly developed tyres with increased rolling circumference improve both comfort and performance.
In summary, form always follows function. As a design principle, it couldn’t be more simple, but it’s what makes the 911 a 911.
It’s also how we have managed to achieve a very low drag coefficient of just 0.29 on the Coupe models and 0.30 on the Cabriolets.
Even the logo on the rear has an important function to perform. It is, after all, the hallmark of the Porsche identity.
At Porsche, we don’t build everyday sportscars, we build sportscars for everyday use. How? By understanding that great agility and maximum comfort are not mutually exclusive but are, in fact, aspects of a harmonious overall concept.
This is especially true of the interior of the new 911. Sportiness, functionality and high-quality materials combine to form a cohesive whole that is conducive to dynamic driving, even during everyday use.
What this means becomes clear the moment you get in. The extended wheelbase now offers 25 mm more leg room in the front than in previous 911 models. Sportiness in harmony with comfort is the theme which is reflected in the clever ergonomics that characterise the entire interior design. The materials used, the layout of the controls and their operating logic belong to a new generation of sportscar. Another new design for the new 911 is the elevated centre console. Its intelligent operating concept follows a clear principle of direct simplicity.
A classic 911 feature is the arrangement of the five circular instruments with the rev counter in the middle. A new addition is the instrument cluster featuring a high-resolution 4.6-inch full VGA TFT colour display for viewing on-board computer, audio system or navigation information.
Fitted as standard, the Sports seats combine even greater comfort with racing-style support and now feature 4-way electric adjustment. The new automatic climate control with zonal temperature controls for driver and front passenger also comes as standard. Also new is the optional light design package for the footwells, storage compartments, rear compartment and overhead console. As ever, we offer an extensive selection of interior colours and materials, such as carbon, leather, wood or aluminium.
Acoustics are an integral part of the concept, particularly the engine sound. Available as an option is the Burmester® High-End Surround Sound System. Optimised for the new 911 Carrera model range, it features 12 loudspeakers and a total output of 821 watts for a perfect spatial sound.
The new 911 proves that apparent opposites, such as style and engineering or comfort and performance, can go hand in hand. For us, there is no contradiction and certainly no need for compromise. After all, a strong personality does not deny the existence of opposites, it unites them.
What use is the engineering of tomorrow when it can be found on the road today? None. So let’s turn to the here and now.
The engines, as you would expect, are characterised by six horizontally opposed cylinders. The 3.4-litre engine in the 911 Carrera and 911 Carrera Cabriolet produces 257 kW (350 hp); in the 911 Carrera S and 911 Carrera S Cabriolet, the 3.8-litre engine develops 294 kW (400 hp). All models are equipped with direct fuel injection (DFI) and VarioCam Plus for increased power and reduced fuel consumption. This power is transmitted to the wheels by the new and efficient 7-speed manual gearbox or, optionally, by efficiency-enhanced Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK), which offers gear changes with no interruption in the flow of power.
Both engines deliver improved sporty performance compared with the engine in the previous model and yet fuel consumption has been reduced by up to 16%. How was this achieved? One explanation is the reduced capacity of 3.4 litres in the 911 Carrera models. Another is the total redevelopment of the engine peripherals with groundbreaking efficiency-improving technologies.
As standard, these include the auto start/stop function, electrical system recuperation and intelligent thermal management as well as the new, energy-saving electromechanical steering system and, in the case of PDK, the introduction of the coasting function (for more information, please refer to page 43 onwards).
The chassis is also packed with forward-looking technology. Fitted as standard in the 911 Carrera S and 911 Carrera S Cabriolet, Porsche Torque Vectoring (PTV) increases dynamic performance. Available as an option for the S models, Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC) improves dynamic performance further still. Dynamic engine mounts, included as part of the optional Sport Chrono Package, are now available in a 911 Carrera for the first time. These provide perceptibly more stable handling under load change conditions and in fast corners.
The new 911 has a lightweight composite construction in aluminium and steel. Used extensively and in just the right places, lightweight aluminium improves fuel economy and dynamic performance and helps to achieve a low weight to power ratio of 4.7 kg/kW (3.5 kg/hp) for the 911 Carrera S.
The future of the sportscar begins now.
The new 911 Carrera
In the 21st century, we find ourselves caught between all kinds of opposites on a daily basis: between the demands of our work life and our private life, between the real world and virtual reality. How can they all be reconciled? With a strong identity and a sportscar that has incorporated many contradictory notions since 1963.
Sportiness and everyday practicality are a prime example. The new 911 Carrera is equipped as standard with direct fuel injection (DFI) and VarioCam Plus for high power, high torque, efficient combustion and, as a result, comparatively low fuel consumption.
Tradition and innovation blend seamlessly together in the new rear-mounted 3.4-litre flat-six engine thanks to its downsized capacity. Despite the reduced displacement, the engine is capable of delivering even more power to the road than its 3.6-litre predecessor.
The figures speak for themselves. The maximum power of 257 kW (350 hp) is available at 7,400 rpm and the maximum torque of 390 Nm is generated at 5,600 rpm. Yet, in conjunction with Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK), fuel consumption and CO2 emissions have been reduced by 16% compared with the previous model. Even more impressively, the car accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.8 seconds and reaches a top speed of 289 km/h.
The new 911 Carrera generates powerful forces, which are transmitted precisely and directly to the wheels by the new 7-speed manual gearbox. As with the optional PDK, gears 1 to 6 have a sports ratio, while 7th gear has a long ratio for reduced fuel consumption. The SPORT button, which is fitted as standard, makes it possible to select an even more responsive engine and transmission setup.
In terms of form and function, the new single tailpipes are especially imposing and emit a sound which is typically Porsche. The 19-inch Carrera wheels are fitted as standard and improve driving stability and performance.
Sports car technology as standard, in the form of black four-piston monobloc aluminium fixed calipers, Porsche Stability Management (PSM) and Bi-Xenon headlights, shows that sportiness and safety are not mutually exclusive.
Sport, moderation, everyday practicality and style. Four key themes, one unifying concept: the new 911 Carrera.
The new 911 Carrera S
Nothing defines us more than our heritage. It says a lot about who we are. This is particularly true of the new 911 Carrera S, which has all the characteristics you would expect of a sportscar whose origin is in motorsport.
An elementary component of its DNA, therefore, is power in the form of a 3.8-litre engine with direct fuel injection (DFI) and VarioCam Plus. It delivers 294 kW (400 hp) at 7,400 rpm, and the maximum torque of 440 Nm is achieved at 5,600 rpm. In conjunction with the manual gearbox, the sprint from 0 to 100 km/h is completed in just 4.5 seconds. Top speed isn’t reached until 304 km/h.
On figures alone, the new 911 Carrera S excels, particularly in terms of efficiency. Fuel consumption and CO2 emissions have been reduced by 15% compared with the previous model. This has been possible thanks to the auto start/stop function, which is available as standard, and the coasting function in conjunction with the optional Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK).
It’s not difficult to tell where the 911 Carrera S comes from. You can hear it in the resonant engine sound and you can see it in the twin tailpipes in brushed stainless steel and 20-inch Carrera S wheels.
You can also feel it, thanks to Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM), which is fitted as standard, or the optional PASM sports suspension with sporty aerodynamics and the ride height lowered by 20 mm. Or the optional Sport Chrono Package and dynamic engine mounts. Available as standard, Porsche Torque Vectoring (PTV), or Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus (PTV Plus) in conjunction with the optional PDK, increase traction. Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC), the active roll stabilisation system, is available as an option and improves agility, comfort and safety.
On the subject of safety, the brakes at the front of the new 911 Carrera S come equipped for the first time with monobloc fixed calipers with six instead of four pistons for improved braking performance and a shorter braking distance. Bi-Xenon headlights are standard and the Porsche Dynamic Light System (PDLS) is available as an option.
There is no doubt. The new 911 Carrera S knows its roots, and embraces them with efficiency, power and sporty performance.
You could ask whether the sportscar is still relevant. It would be a good question, but you might as well ask the same of dreams.
The answer to both questions lies in the future or, to be more precise, in the future of the sportscar. In the new 911, the future has already begun. The highly efficient, state-of-the-art engines make a considerable contribution to reducing fuel consumption, but their sound is still unmistakably Porsche.
The new 911 engines are also unmistakably sporty thanks to the new SPORT button fitted as standard. At the push of a button, the engine becomes tuned for a sharper response and engine dynamics that are even more direct.
The 3.4-litre engine of the new 911 Carrera models demonstrates, therefore, that performance and efficiency need not be mutually exclusive. Rather, the downsized engine capacity and increased maximum torque are the intelligent basis by which power output can be increased in an environmentally acceptable and sustainable way. Fuel consumption and CO2 emissions have been reduced by up to 16% compared with the previous model.
In their search for improved efficiency, our engineers analysed an extensive series of engine components. Answers were found, including rapid heating of the engine and gearbox to normal operating temperature after an engine start by the new thermal management system, improved air induction and the extremely effective direct fuel injection (DFI).
The same principle applies to the 3.8-litre engine in the 911 Carrera S models. There has been no change in displacement since the previous model, but power output has been increased while fuel consumption has been reduced by up to 15%.
Weight is critical to efficiency. This is why the engines have a light-alloy construction, which makes them lightweight and structurally rigid for improved fuel economy and a long life.
The engine is the intelligent core of our identity. What else could the ‘Dr. Ing.’ in our company name possibly stand for?
The new 3.4-litre engine
The 911 Carrera and the 911 Carrera Cabriolet are equipped with a 3.4-litre boxer engine with direct fuel injection (DFI) and VarioCam Plus. It develops 257 kW (350 hp) at 7,400 rpm and the maximum torque is 390 Nm at 5,600 rpm.
For the 911 Carrera with 7-speed manual gearbox, this means acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.8 seconds and a top speed of 289 km/h. The figures achieved by the 911 Carrera Cabriolet are 5.0 seconds and 286 km/h. With the optional Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK), it means figures of 0 to 100 km/h in just 4.6 seconds and a top speed of 287 km/h for the 911 Carrera and 4.8 seconds and 284 km/h for the 911 Carrera Cabriolet.
The new 3.8-litre engine
The 911 Carrera S and the 911 Carrera S Cabriolet are powered by a 3.8-litre boxer engine with direct fuel injection (DFI) and VarioCam Plus. It produces 294 kW (400 hp) at 7,400 rpm and the maximum torque of 440 Nm is achieved at 5,600 rpm.
As a result, the new 911 Carrera S with 7-speed manual gearbox completes the sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.5 seconds and reaches a top speed of 304 km/h. The 911 Carrera S Cabriolet achieves 4.7 seconds and 301 km/h. With the optional Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK), the figures are 0 to 100 km/h in 4.3 seconds and a top speed of 302 km/h for the Coupé and 4.5 seconds and 299 km/h for the Cabriolet.
Pure, direct, precise. Short shift movements and an optimum transition from one gear to the next. That’s exactly what you would expect of a Porsche manual gearbox.
What you might not have expected is a 7-speed manual gearbox that combines a high level of sporty performance with an equally high level of efficiency and offers extra comfort for longer journeys. It’s an exceptional innovation, and not only in the sportscar segment.
The design of this manual gearbox is based in principle on that of Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK). Gears 1 to 6 have a sports ratio and top speed is reached in 6th gear. The additional 7th gear, however, has a long ratio, which reduces torque and helps to reduce fuel consumption. Lower engine revs at fast driving speeds also ensure a high level of comfort on long stretches of road. In addition, a gear indicator in the rev counter reminds you which gear has been selected. The upshift indicator in the instrument cluster helps you actively conserve fuel.
Thanks to the elevated centre console, the gear lever is within easy reach – ideal for sporty gear changes.
Whether you select a sporty or comfortable gear, the way you reach your destination is in your own hands.
Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK)
Available as an option for the new 911 models is 7-speed PDK, featuring manual and automatic modes. This double-clutch transmission has been further refined and enables extremely fast gear changes with no interruption in the flow of power, which vastly improves acceleration at the same time as reducing fuel consumption.
In total, PDK has seven gears at its disposal. Gears 1 to 6 have a sports ratio and top speed is reached in 6th gear. 7th gear has a long ratio and helps to reduce fuel consumption by keeping engine revs low.
PDK is essentially two gearboxes in one and thus requires two clutches. This double-clutch arrangement provides an alternating, non-positive connection between the two half gearboxes and the engine by means of two separate input shafts.
The flow of power from the engine is transmitted through one half gearbox and one clutch at a time, while the next gear is preselected in the second half gearbox. During a gear change, therefore, one clutch simply opens and the other closes at the same time, enabling gear changes to take place within milliseconds.
The effect is instant. Driving feels even sportier and more dynamic, and agility is increased. Depending on the gearshift programme (SPORT button activated or deactivated), the gear change is optimised for comfort or for sporty driving.
With the optional Sport Chrono Package, PDK is enhanced by the ‘Launch Control’ and ‘motorsport-derived gearshift strategy’ functions.
The exhaust system of the new 911 models has been completely redesigned, acoustics included.
The stainless-steel exhaust system comprises two distinctive and independent exhaust tracts. The catalytic converters heat up rapidly for effective emissions reduction.
A selectable twin-tube sports exhaust system featuring distinctive polished stainless-steel tailpipes is available as an option. Activated by a button, it produces an even more intensive sportscar sound.
Air intake system
The resonance intake system increases the intake volume by exploiting the fact that air oscillates as it passes through the intake manifold. The system can adjust to engine speed. Benefits of this include higher torque at low engine speeds and a flatter torque curve. The 911 Carrera S models operate a two-stage system.
The entire intake system is made from lightweight plastic. In the new 911 Carrera model range, the resonator volume of the air filter housing varies with engine speed to bring added character to the engine sound, which becomes much more powerful at higher rpm.
Electromechanical power steering
Another possible definition of efficiency is a system that works only when it is needed, and then does so in a particularly effective way.
This was the guiding principle for our engineers in the development of the new electromechanical power steering. Statistics show that a car drives in a straight line 90% of the time. Unlike conventional hydraulic pumps, the electric motor uses energy only when the steering wheel is actually turned. The absence of hydraulic fluid also makes the system more beneficial to the environment.
As far as the other 10% is concerned, we’re optimally prepared as the steering system is typically Porsche. It features a variable steering ratio and responds sensitively and directly at the same time as providing customary agility, a high level of comfort and precisely selected feedback from the road. Our definition of efficient.
Power steering Plus
Power steering Plus, the comfort-enhancing power-steering system, is available as an option for the 911 Carrera models. At high speeds, the steering is as firm as you would expect and responds with extreme precision while steering comfort remains as high. At low speeds, the steering ratio of Power steering Plus adjusts for much easier manoeuvring and parking.
Sport Chrono Package
Fitted as standard, the new SPORT button enables you to select a suspension setup where the emphasis is on either comfort or sporty performance. At the push of a button, the electronic engine management system switches the engine mapping to offer an even sharper response and engine dynamics that are more direct.
In vehicles with Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK), upshifts take place at higher engine speeds and downshifts happen sooner. In addition, coasting mode and the auto start/stop function are automatically deactivated. If fitted, the optional sports exhaust system is also activated automatically.
Sport Chrono Package
The Sport Chrono Package including dynamic engine mounts is available as an option. This integrated system provides simultaneous enhancement for the chassis, engine and transmission.
Included in the package are a performance display, a digital and an analogue stopwatch and the SPORT PLUS button. An additional display in the steering wheel and instrument cluster indicates whether the SPORT buttons and Launch Control have been activated.
On activation of SPORT PLUS mode, Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) and, in the S model, optional Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC) switch to a harder damping setting and offer more direct steering and, therefore, better road holding.
In SPORT PLUS mode, the trigger threshold for PSM is raised. Agility is perceptibly enhanced when braking for corners with PSM, allowing sportier braking and exit acceleration. For maximum dexterity, PSM can be set to standby while the car is still in SPORT PLUS mode. For safety, it is set to intervene automatically only when ABS assistance is required on both the front wheels.
In combination with PDK, the Sport Chrono Package has two additional functions for a sporty drive that borders on a motorsport experience. The first is ‘Launch Control’, which can be used on the track to achieve the best possible standing start – a racing start.
The second function is the ‘motorsport-derived gearshift strategy’. Using this, Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK) is geared up for extremely short shift times and optimum shift points for the maximum acceleration available. This combination of uncompromising and involving performance is ideal for the racetrack.
A key component of the Sport Chrono Package is the stopwatch mounted on the dashboard. In conjunction with the optional PCM, a special performance display enables you to view store and evaluate lap times or other driving times. It shows the total driving time, lap distance, lap number and lap times recorded so far.
A feature of the Sport Chrono Package borrowed from motorsport is the dynamic engine mounts. These exploit the laws of physics for your own driving pleasure.
inch over the previous model. Not only do the larger wheels improve dynamic performance, they also look more imposing.
The new 911 Carrera models are equipped with 19-inch Carrera wheels as standard. These are lightweight alloys featuring a classic sporty design. Tire sizes are 235/40 ZR 19 and 285/35 ZR 19 at the front and rear respectively.
The S models are equipped with light-alloy 20-inch Carrera S wheels as standard. The visual effect is sporty and dynamic. The tires are slightly wider to cope with the increased power output of these models: 245/35 ZR 20 at the front, 295/30 ZR 20 at the rear.
The larger tire size improves both ride comfort and track performance. The rolling resistance of the tires has been reduced by up to 7% to improve fuel economy, while tire weight and dry braking distances have also been reduced. A selection of 20-inch wheels is available in our range of options.
Tire Pressure Monitoring (TPM)
Tire Pressure Monitoring (TPM) is standard in the new 911 Carrera models. This safety system sends warnings to the on-board computer’s display screen in the event of low tire pressure or a gradual or sudden loss of pressure. The individual pressures in all four tires can be displayed in the instrument cluster.
Brakes. Another crucial piece of the Porsche identity is the brakes. We value them as highly as we do our engines and chassis. They set standards for deceleration and stability, and give the driver the reassurance needed to push the car to the limits of its performance.
The 911 Carrera and 911 Carrera Cabriolet are fitted front and rear with anodised black four-piston aluminium monobloc fixed calipers. All brake discs have a diameter of 330 mm.
On the 911 Carrera S models, we have fitted larger brakes and more brake pistons to cope with the increased engine power of these models. The new generation of brakes features red six-piston monobloc aluminium fixed brake calipers at the front and four-piston aluminium monobloc fixed calipers at the rear. The brake disc diameter is 340 mm at the front and 330 mm at the rear. The results are enhanced braking performance and a reduction in stopping distance compared with that of the previous model.
On all models, the brake calipers have an enclosed monobloc construction. This makes them tougher but lighter and enables a more rapid response and release of the brake even under extreme loads. The pedal travel is short and the biting point precise. The brake discs are cross-drilled for better performance in the wet.
Other benefits of the standard braking system include the anti-lock braking system (ABS), designed to keep deceleration constant. Pedal effort is reduced and braking response improved by a newly developed 8-/9-inch tandem vacuum brake booster. In the S models, brake disc cooling is further enhanced by modified air spoilers.
Electric parking brake
The new electric parking brake, which you can activate and deactivate manually, releases automatically as you pull away.
With the hill-hold function, you can pull away without ever rolling back. The system automatically detects when the vehicle has come to a halt on an uphill gradient requiring intervention. PSM then maintains the brake pressure at all four wheels to prevent the vehicle from moving in the opposite direction.
The new 911 models are equipped as standard with Bi-Xenon headlights including a headlight cleaning system and dynamic range control. With dipped or main beam, the road ahead is illuminated more uniformly.
The restyled LED front light units incorporate direction indicators, daytimerunning lights and position lights.
Automatic headlight activation is also included as standard. The moment it gets dark, the daytime running lights switch off and the dipped beam headlights switch on automatically.
Cutting edge LED technology is also used for the taillights, the high-level third brake light, the licence plate illumination, the rear direction indicators and the rear fog light. LEDs provide better illumination and respond more quickly to driver input. In the event of sudden braking, the adaptive LED brake lights begin to pulsate. If the vehicle is braked to a halt, the hazard warning lights will switch on automatically, alerting following traffic more quickly to a critical situation.
The lighting system features an automatic switch-off and the ‘Welcome Home’ function. It’s good to know what’s around the next corner or on the way to your front door.
Porsche Dynamic Light System (PDLS)
The Porsche Dynamic Light System (PDLS) is available as an option.
Its dynamic cornering light function swivels the headlights towards the inside of a bend, based on steering angle and road speed, in order to illuminate more of the road at tight bends and turns. Put simply, the road ahead is illuminated the moment you enter a bend.
The system also offers speed-sensitive headlight range control. With adaptive light systems, it is possible for the maximum range of the dipped beams to be increased as a function of the speed of the vehicle. PDLS takes care of this automatically in two stages. Stage 1 is the basic position for driving in city traffic, for example. Stage 2 is designed for driving at faster speeds, such as on the motorway. Above 130 km/h, the range is adapted again.
Another feature of PDLS is the adverse weather function, activated whenever the rear fog light is switched on. It reduces the effect of reflection phenomena in poor visibility conditions to avoid the risk of the driver being dazzled.
The new 911 models offer advanced airbag technology in the form of full-size driver and front passenger airbags, which are inflated in two stages depending on the severity and type of accident (e. g. frontal or offset frontal). In less serious accidents, the airbags are only partially inflated, thereby minimising discomfort to the occupants.
In addition to the central airbag control unit on the transmission tunnel, a pair of impact sensors are located near the headlights. This allows a crash to be detected and evaluated far sooner and with considerably greater accuracy.
Porsche Side Impact Protection System (POSIP)
Coupé or Cabriolet, the new 911 models are equipped as standard with the Porsche Side Impact Protection System (POSIP). It comprises side impact protection elements in the doors and two airbags on each side. An integral thorax airbag is located in each seat side bolster, while the door panels each contain an upwards-inflating head airbag. Each thorax airbag has a volume of 10 litres and each head airbag 15 litres, ensuring excellent protection in the event of a side impact.
The new 911 fulfils two structural design requirements thanks to its completely new bodyshell: first, excellent driving dynamics due to the body’s extremely high rigidity; second, a vehicle weight saving of up to 60 kg primarily as a result of the intelligent lightweight construction.
To meet the second requirement, we employed innovative and precise techniques for combining various materials in order to utilise specific material properties exactly where they are needed.
For the bodyshell, therefore, we used very thin, but nevertheless extremely rigid, sheets of steel. Aluminium and magnesium were used extensively in areas such as the roof, underbody, front end, doors, rear wings and engine compartment and luggage compartment lids. Magnesium, which is a particularly lightweight material, was also selected for the cockpit and centre console support beam and, in the Cabriolet models, the hood shell elements. Such material efficiency is key to reducing the overall weight and, as a result, fuel consumption of the vehicle.
For the driver, this intelligent blend of materials reduces the weight of the vehicle and offers a high level of comfort thanks to excellent vibration-damping characteristics and particularly high composite rigidity, an increase in dynamic torsional stiffness of up to 25% compared with that of the previous model, and even sportier handling despite a further improvement in the weight to power ratio.
The 100 mm longer wheelbase improves comfort as well as straight-line accuracy and driving stability at high speeds and in fast corners.
Engineering and style – and Porsche identity on the inside, as demonstrated by the new elevated centre console. In typical Porsche fashion, the use of form follows a basic principle: focus on the driver. This is why the distance between the gear lever or selector and steering wheel is extremely short and the operating logic, such as that of the two-zone air conditioning system or the suspension settings, is clear and uncomplicated. You shouldn’t have to browse one submenu after another. You should instead be able to concentrate on what’s important: the road.
All our materials are high quality. Sporty and elegant leather is used, for example, on the steering wheel rim, on the door pulls and armrests and on the partial leather seats, which are fitted as standard. Alcantara has proven its worth in motorsport and is used as standard for the rooflining of the Coupé models.
In addition to the choice of Black, Platinum Grey, Luxor Beige and Yachting Blue for the interior, there is a wide range of other personalisation options available, including two-tone colour combinations or special colours and materials such as carbon, aluminium or high-quality wood.
Engineering that takes you forward: optional Porsche Communication Management (PCM) with navigation module and a high-resolution 7-inch colour touchscreen. PCM is your control centre for audio, navigation and communication functions.
Another element of the Porsche identity is sound. Fitted as standard, the CDR audio system with 7-inch colour touchscreen and the Sound Package Plus offer outstanding performance with a total output of 235 watts. Available as an option is the BOSE® Surround Sound System with a total output of 445 watts. In short, it delivers authentic audio playback combined with an impressive spatial sound. No system promises such high standards in the 911, and fulfils them, as the optional High-End Surround Sound System from Burmester®, the bespoke manufacturer based in Berlin and one of the most respected premium audio manufacturers worldwide. With a total output of 821 watts, it ensures an incredible audio experience.
Our patented integral subwoofer enhances the bass performance of both optional sound systems and also saves weight. Typically Porsche.
Ergonomics, style and sound. Sports car technology, intelligently combined.
Porsche Communication Management (PCM)
Porsche Communication Management (PCM) is fitted as standard for the new 911 models. Powerful, multifunctional and easy to use, PCM is your control centre for audio, navigation and communication functions.
The main feature is the intuitive 7-inch touchscreen. Alternatively, you can choose to operate PCM using conventional rotary pushbutton controls. With a maximum of five list items per page, the screen display is very clearly presented. A useful help function is displayed at the foot of the screen.
Radio functions include up to 42 memory presets and an FM dual tuner frequency diversity with RDS, which continuously scans in the background for the best signal, and a dynamic autostore.
The DVD-audio drive plays CDs and audio DVDs and is MP3-compatible. Audio playback of video DVDs is also supported. A six-disc CD/DVD autochanger integrated into PCM is available as an option.
A navigation module with high-speed hard drive is included with PCM. For route guidance, it is possible to select between a 2D display and a 3D perspective. In some regions, even land and buildings can be displayed in 3D. Split screen mode enables you to view two functions at once, such as the current navigation map and a list of symbols that represent the next driving manoeuvre.
Voice control system
If you require route guidance, need to make a phone call or want to listen to the radio, then why not just say so? Almost all of the functions of PCM can be controlled using the optional voice control system with word-by-word input. In the majority of cases, you can simply say the name of the menu item as seen on the screen. Even lists can be browsed by voice command. For added convenience, there is no need to ‘train’ the system.
An electronic logbook is available for PCM as an option. It enables automatic logging on every journey of mileage, route distance, date, time, starting location and destination. Data can be downloaded to a USB stick and evaluated on your home PC using the software supplied. The software fulfils all statutory requirements for automatic logbooks as specified by the German revenue authorities.
Hands-free operation with Bluetooth is standard on the new 911 models. Depending on the mobile phone model, this gives access not only to the numbers on the SIM card, but also to the phone’s internal memory. Depending on the phone, it can also be controlled using PCM, the optional multifunction steering wheel or the optional voice control system, without it ever leaving your pocket.
The telephone module also enables you to establish a Bluetooth® link with those mobile phones that only support the Handsfree Profile (HFP). In this case, the GSM connection is always established through the aerial of the mobile phone. PCM acts as a hands-free system and you can leave the mobile phone tucked away.
On request, a cordless handset for the telephone module is also available. Stored in the centre console, it features a display and keypad. However, the handset cannot be used for Bluetooth® links established using the Handsfree Profile (HFP).
Sports steering wheel
The sports steering wheel is fitted as standard and adjusts up to 40 mm for height and up to 60 mm for reach.
The optional multifunction steering wheel has four function buttons and two thumbwheels for convenient operation of audio, telephone and navigation functions, TFT display and on-board computer. On request, the steering wheel is available in smooth-finish leather, carbon or mahogany.
In conjunction with PDK, the steering wheels are equipped with two ergonomic gearshift switches enabling you to change gear directly from the steering wheel. With the optional Sport Chrono Package, the steering wheel also features a display above the airbag module to inform you whether the SPORT, SPORT PLUS and Launch Control functions have been activated.
SportDesign steering wheel
As with the sports steering wheel, the optional SportDesign steering wheel is adjustable for both height and reach and, thanks to its grip mouldings, it’s in safe hands – even on the sportiest of drives.
In conjunction with PDK, the steering wheel features two gearshift paddles. These are made from a strong alloy and are ergonomically located behind the left- and right-hand steering wheel spokes. Pull the right-hand paddle and PDK shifts up. Pull the left-hand paddle and PDK shifts down. When PDK has been combined with the optional Sport Chrono Package, the left- and right-hand spokes additionally feature a display that tells you whether the SPORT, SPORT PLUS and Launch Control functions have been activated.
Steering wheel heating
For increased comfort on cold days, steering wheel heating is available as an option for the sports steering wheel and multifunction steering wheels (only in conjunction with seat heating). The heating is operated by a button on the rear of the lower steering wheel spoke.
Sporty not kitsch, practical not fanciful. The five circular instruments have one purpose above all: to provide information. They do so efficiently and accurately. Their styling is typically Porsche with the rev counter exactly where you would expect it to be: in the middle.
The instrument cluster is new with a high-resolution 4.6-inch TFT colour screen. It provides you with a continuous stream of data from the on-board computer, such as speed, trip mileage, journey time or current fuel consumption. It also displays the navigation system map, delivers various warnings, including alerts from the Tyre Pressure Monitoring (TPM) system, and reminds you of your selected communication and audio settings.
In the 911, there is a point at which all forces come together. The steering wheel is the most important interface between the driver and the sportscar. This is why all available steering wheels feature a high-grip steering wheel rim in smooth-finish leather and offer outstanding ergonomics. A full-size airbag is integrated as standard.
The Sports seats in partial leather are comfortable and provide support even during performance driving. They are equipped as standard with electric seat height and backrest adjustment and mechanical fore/aft adjustment.
Sports seats Plus
Available as an option are Sports seats Plus in leather with electric seat height and backrest adjustment as well as mechanical fore/aft adjustment. The side bolsters on the squab and backrest have a firmer, sportier padding and offer even better lateral support. The backrest shell is finished in Silver Grey.
Fully electric Sports seats
If you don’t want to sacrifice sportiness for comfort, the optional fully electric Sports seats offer fully electric adjustment of seat height, backrest angle, squab angle, squab depth, fore/aft position, 4-way lumbar support and even the steering column.
The integrated memory package supports the exterior mirrors and all seat positions on the driver’s side as well as settings for the steering wheel, lights, wipers, air conditioning, door locks, optional PCM, and instrument cluster.
Adaptive Sports seats Plus
The optional adaptive Sports seats Plus are the ideal combination of sport and comfort. Finished in leather and with side bolsters having a firm, sporty padding, they also feature shoulder supports for the best possible hold.
Offering 18-way electric adjustment, the seats can be optimally adapted to meet your needs in terms of seat height, squab and backrest angle, squab length, fore/aft adjustment and 4-way lumbar support. The steering column is also electrically adjustable.
In addition, the side bolsters on the seat squab and backrest are independently adjustable for added comfort on long journeys and precision lateral support on winding roads. Also included is the personal memory for all seat positions (apart from the side bolsters) and lumbar support on the driver’s side as well as the positions of the steering wheel and exterior mirrors. The memory function also supports settings for the steering wheel, lights, wipers, air conditioning, door locks, optional PCM, and instrument cluster.
Seat heating and ventilation
Seat heating is available as an option for all seats. Seats are heated in the squab, the backrest and, for the front seats, the side bolsters.
In conjunction with seat heating, we can equip the seats with seat ventilation on request. A slipstream effect is produced by active ventilation of the perforated seat centre and backrest and by passive aeration at the side bolsters. This evaporates perspiration moisture and therefore makes for a dry and pleasant seating environment, even in hot weather.
The rear seats are remarkably comfortable for a sportscar and the shelf behind offers additional storage space. With the backrests folded down, the luggage compartment volume in the 911 Coupé models increases to 205 litres and, with a capacity of 155 litres available, the 911 Cabriolet models offer plenty of space for luggage, too.
ISOFIX child seat preparation including top tether is available on the rear seats as standard. On request, we can equip the front passenger seat with ISOFIX child seat preparation and integrate an airbag deactivation feature.
The new 911 models feature two-zone automatic climate control as standard with an enhanced ventilation effect and separate temperature controls for the driver and front passenger. The available air conditioning modes are gentle, normal and strong.
An active carbon filter traps particles, pollen and odours and an automatic air-recirculation function permanently monitors air quality, reduces humidity and switches from fresh to recirculated air when required.
A demister function keeps the windows clear in cold weather. In warmer weather, a solar sensor helps the climate control to detect strong sunlight and automatically compensate for the comfort of both the driver and front passenger.
Electrically-powered wind deflector
Once again, our engineers have explored new directions, this time in the wind tunnel. The new 911 Carrera Cabriolet models are equipped as standard with an electrically-powered wind deflector, which offers practically draught-free driving and minimal wind noise with the top down.
With the 911, fitting and removing the wind deflector is now a thing of the past because it is integrated directly into the body behind the rear seats. As a result, it doesn’t take up any extra space in the interior or luggage compartment and it is ready for use at all times.
For unrestricted open-top driving pleasure, the wind deflector extends or retracts in only 2.0 seconds no matter how fast you are driving.