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For decades now, Porsche has reserved their turbocharged engines for its top-of-the-line models, such as the 911 Turbo, Panamera Turbo, or Cayenne Turbo. But given the success rival German automaker BMW has been having with its turbocharged powerplants across several of its models, it appears that Porsche may be interested in doing the same.
Turbochargers are being used by several automakers to help boost performance while maintaining great fuel economy with smaller, four-cylinder engines. Now that reliability with turbos isn’t a major issue, a Porsche engineer hinted recently that a four-cylinder, turbocharged boxer engine isn’t out of the question.
The last time the German automaker used a turbo-four in any of its model was back in 1995 on the 968. This move would make sense for Porsche considering their extensive knowledge with turbochargers, and could increase performance in their lower-end models like the Carrera and Carrera S. Whether or not those models will sport the Turbo badge is another question because clearly Porsche wouldn’t want to dilute the prestige of their higher-end models.
Interestingly enough, the engineer also spoke about the potential of a 911 Hybrid, stating that the automaker has no hybrid version of the 911 planned as of yet. The move hasn’t been made due to the extra weight the technology brings, but he did reiterate that it’s not entirely out of the picture. “But, never say never. The required technology is in-house, as seen with the hybrid versions of the Panamera and Cayenne, and the platform is suitable for the powertrain.”
The base Carrera comes with a 3.4-liter flat-6 engine with 350-hp, good for 4.4 second 0-60 mph time (4.2 seconds with the Sport Chrono Package). Carrera S models get a 3.8-liter version of the same motor with 400-hp, taking 4.1 seconds to hit 60 mph (3.9 with the Sport Chrono Package and PDK gearbox).
The new 991 is 100 lbs lighter, while a 7-speed manual gearbox (the first ever on a production car) helps improve fuel efficiency. A Carrera will set you back $82,100 for a base model, with Carrera S models priced starting at $96,400.
Gallery: 2012 Porsche 911
Porsche pulled the covers off its seventh generation 911 Carrera with nearly 90% newly redesigned or redeveloped components including a 7-speed manual transmission.
The new 911 has a longer wheelbase by 100mm yet the body is only 56mm longer. The new 911 is also about 7mm shorter than the previous version. At just under 176.91 inches in length and 71.18 inches in width, Porsche says the new 911 Carrera remains the most compact sports car in its class.
The standard 7-speed manual transmission is an all-new feature for any passenger car in the world, offering gears in close ratio with the seventh as a quasi-overdrive gear.
The 911 Carrera is also the first Porsche sports car equipped with auto start/stop for improved fuel economy.
Porsche will offer two versions, the 911 Carrera and the 911 Carrera S. The non-S version is powered by a 3.4 liter boxer engine claiming 350 hp. Porsche claims a 0-100 kph (0-62 mph) time of 4.8 seconds, 4.6 with the optional PDK 7-speed transmission, and an even quicker 4.4 seconds with the Sport Chrono package. Top speed is 179.6 mph for the standard version, 178.3 with PDK while fuel economy is about 26.1 mpg (28.6 mpg with PDK).
The Porsche 911 Carrera S is equipped with a 3.8 liter boxer pumping out 400 hp. Porsche claims a 0-100 kph time of 4.5 seconds (4.3 s with PDK, 4.1 with Sport Chrono Package). Top speed gets a boost to 188.9 mph for the standard model, 187.7 mph with PDK. Fuel economy takes a slight hit with the S getting 24.8 mpg, 27.0 mpg with PDK.
GALLERY: Porsche 911 Carrera
Watch video of the new 911 Carrera S from it’s debut in Frankurt after the jump:
Maybe you can’t choose between the 23 different Porsche 911 variants currently listed on the German automakers website. Maybe none of them suit you perfectly. Well there is some good news, add a twenty-fourth variant to that list. Brumos Porsche of Jacksonville, Florida, confirmed today that five rare, factory-built 911 Carrera GTS B59 Edition Coupes will be produced. It’s a tribute model to Hurley Haywood, who the Daytona 24 Hours four times in the 1970s and once again in 1991 while driving for Porsche. Since only five examples will be produced, costing a whopping $133,540 a pop, buying one will be tricky.
The five special edition 911′s will all be finished in Carrara White and feature a Black leather interior with Alacantara trim. The 408-hp Porsche looks the part and comes with several performance goodies including:
- Brumos Red/Blue stripe design for the front hood and rear deck
- Brumos Red/Blue stripe “PORSCHE” door decals
- Exterior mirrors in Black
- 19″ Sport Classic Wheel (Fuchs style)
- Interior limitation badges
- Door entry guards in Stainless Steel with “Hurley Haywood” engraved signature
- Deviating (dual stripe) stitching in Red/Blue on steering wheel and gear/brake lever
- Carrara White painted interior accents including Adaptive Sport Seat Backrests
GALLERY: 911 Carrera GTS B59 Edition
In true Porsche fashion, a limited edition Carrera Cup Asia model has been released for the fast-growing Chinese market. The 30 units will be offered in Guard Red, Carrera White and Black, each sporting contrasting accents on the car courtesy of Porsche Racing decals.
A mild performance increase comes from a slight diet, since the Carrera Cup Asia still sports the same power plant seen in the standard Carrera S model with 385-hp and 310 ft-lbs of torque. Helping in the weight loss department are a set of fashionable and lightweight 19-inch wheels. Carrera Cup Asia models will, however, only be offered with Porsche’s 7-speed PDK transmission.
The upgrades continue on the inside with Alcantara-wrapped Recaro seats with an optional carbon fiber backrest. Carbon fiber and red accents can be seen throughout the interior as well.
GALLERY: Porsche Carrera Cup Asia
To help those aspiring to compete in the Porsche Carrera GB Championship, Porsche Cars GB has created a scholarship program that awards two lucky young race car drivers. Each scholarship is worth £50,000 (around $77,655 US), which is definitely a nice chunk of change to go racing with.
In order to be eligible, the drivers must be between 17 and 22 years of age on January 1st, 2011 and must already have a National A race license. Oh and they must also have never participated in a previous Carrera Cup GB. Even though there’s no charge for the drivers to apply for the scholarship, they must show that they can secure the remaining balance of the required budget to do a full season of racing.
Applicants can submit their information via email and six will be chosen for a two-day test at Silverstone. One of the days will be spent at the Porsche Experience Centre and the other behind the wheels of a 450-hp 911 GT3 Cup race car. From there the judges will select the two fortunate scholarship winners and off to racing they will go! Good luck to all that enter.
Full press release available after the break.