New options for model year changeover in the Porsche 911 Carrera series
A seven-speed manual transmission can now be ordered for all Porsche 911 Carrera S and 4S models as an alternative to the standard eight-speed PDK transmission at no extra cost in European and related markets. The manual transmission is combined with the Sport Chrono package. Therefore it appeal above all to sporty drivers who derive more driving pleasure from changing gear themselves. The model year changeover brings more changes. A host of new equipment options will now be offered for the Porsche 911 Carrera series. Those were previously unavailable for the sports car. These include Porsche InnoDrive, which is already familiar from the Panamera and Cayenne. Furthermore can you order the new Smartlift function for the front axle
For purists: seven-speed manual transmission with Sport Chrono package
The manual transmission with seven gears for the 911 Carrera S and 4S always comes in combination with the Sport Chrono package. Also included is Porsche Torque Vectoring (PTV) with variable drive torque distribution by controlled braking interventions on the rear wheels and a mechanical rear differential lock with asymmetrical locking action. This overall setup will appeal above all to drivers with sporty ambitions.
They will also appreciate the new tyre temperature indicator. This additional function in the Sport Chrono package was introduced with the Porsche 911 Turbo S. The tyre temperature indicator is combined with the tyre pressure indicator. At a low tyre temperature, the blue bars warn about reduced road grip. As the tyres warm up, the colour of the indicator changes to blue-white. Once the operating temperature has been reached, the color changes to white. That’s the moment that maximum possible grip is available. The system is deactivated and the bars are hidden when the winter tyres are fitted.
More functions in the Sport Chrono package
In combination with the manual transmission, the Sport Chrono package also offers an automatic rev-match function. When the driver shifts down, this function automatically opens the throttle momentarily to increase the engine speed. It adapts to the higher gearbox speed in the lower gear for smooth downshifts. Thereby load change effects are prevented. The package also includes other sporty ingredients such as
- dynamic engine mounts
- PSM Sport mode
- the mode switch on the steering wheel with the modes Normal, Sport, Sport Plus, Wet and Individual (for an individual set-up)
- a stop watch and the Porsche Track Precision App.
The 911 Carrera S with manual transmission accelerates from zero to 100 km/h in 4.2 seconds and reaches a top speed of 308 km/h. The DIN kerb weight of the 911 Carrera S Coupé with manual transmission is 1,480 kilograms – which is 35 kilograms less than the version with PDK.
In the 911 Carrera for the first time: Porsche InnoDrive …
The new model year sees the inclusion of Porsche InnoDrive in the list of 911 options. On the variants with PDK, the assistance system extends the functions of the adaptive cruise control system by predictively optimising the driving speed for up to three kilometres in advance. Using the navigation data, it calculates the optimum acceleration and deceleration values for the next three kilometres. It activates them via the engine, PDK and brake system. The electronic co-pilot automatically takes into account corners and gradients, and also speed limits if wished. The driver has the possibility of individually defining the maximum speed at any time. The system detects the current traffic situation using radar and video sensors and adapts control accordingly. The system even recognises roundabouts. Like with conventional adaptive cruise control, InnoDrive also continuously adapts the distance to the vehicles in front.
and … Smartlift
The new optional Smartlift function for all Porsche 911 versions allows the front end to be lifted automatically at corresponding locations where the vehicle is driven regularly. With the electrohydraulic system on the front axle, the ground clearance at the front apron can be increased by around 40 millimetres. The system saves the GPS coordinates of the current position at the push of the button. If the driver approaches this position from the same direction again, the front of the car will lift up automatically.
Leather package 930 in the style of the first 911 Turbo
The leather package 930 introduced with the Porsche 911 Turbo S is now optionally available for the 911 Carrera models. This evokes the first Porsche 911 Turbo (Type 930) and is characterised by a coordinated interplay of colours, materials and individual enhancements. The equipment package includes quilted seat centre panels at the front and rear, quilted door panels, as well as other extensive leather trims.
Other new equipment options
New lightweight and noise-insulated glazing is now also available for the Coupés in the 911 series. The weight advantage compared to standard glazing will be over four kilograms. The improvement in indoor acoustics achieved by reducing rolling noise and wind noise represents a further advantage. This is a lightweight laminated safety glass used in windscreen, rear screen and all door windows. The Ambient Light Design Package includes ambient lighting that can be adjusted in seven colours. A touch of colour is also added by the new exterior paint finish in the special colour Python Green.
Edited Porsche factory press release.
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