Back in 2012, Porsche celebrated the fact that it has 2 million fans on Facebook with a special Cayman, but this year things have changed as the German manufacturer has 5 million fans on Facebook. As a result, Porsche prepared a 911 Carrera 4S featuring an Aqua Blue Metallic colour. Moreover, the car features a sport suspension as well as a new set of 20-inch wheels painted in white.
Regarding the design, we find the Aerokit Cup consisting of a new front apron, front spoiler, a new rear lid with fixed spoiler. Inside, we find brushed aluminum for the center console trim, door panels and PDK gear selector, while the sill guards offer blue illumination.
Porsche is currently running a competition on its Facebook page (facebook.com/porsche) until August 18 and the winner will have the chance to drive the one-of-a-kind 911 model at the Porsche Experience Center at Silverstone in the United Kingdom. Nine scale models of the vehicle are also available for the runners-up.
Porsche 911 Carrera's design makeover is evident from all sides. The lateral view shows this new sprightlier coupe-like style highlighted by bigger alloy wheels and a more convexly-shaped windshield. Meanwhile, its front view is also modified to look wider and is emphasised by new headlamps and bigger side air intakes. In addition, the new rear spoiler is wider and extends variably to underline the sports car’s boosted power. It is designed with other streamlining enhancements to markedly lower lift while retaining the same excellent cd value. LED rear lights with a new narrower shape complete the rear view.
New 911 Carrera takes Porsche Intelligent Performance to a whole new level. The intelligently engineered lightweight aluminium-steel body, along with its range of new and improved equipment and systems, equally promotes drivability and efficiency.
The new 911 Carrera is the world’s first production car to have a seven-speed manual transmission as standard. This system is derived from the optional seven-speed Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (PDK) configuration. The first six gears have a close ratio to boost the car’s acceleration, while the seventh gear offers virtual overdrive capability to extend fuel economy latitude.
911 Carrera is also the first Porsche sports car to feature an auto start/stop system, which contributes New European Driving Cycle (NEDC) fuel savings reaching 0.6 litres per 100 kilometres. This system works closely with the PDK or manual transmission system. The joint thermal engine and transmission management system and the on-board electrical system recuperation also contribute an additional 0.35 l/100 km of fuel efficiency. Additionally, the innovative cooling system augments the car’s aerodynamic profile by omitting the need for underbody ventilation slots, thereby enhancing performance.
“Sailing” is another new function seen for the first time in a sports car. It is available on 911 Carreras fitted with PDK transmission, and it decreases fuel usage by one litre per 100 kilometres of regular driving. In certain driving situations, the act of releasing the accelerator pedal results in engine disengagement from the transmission. The sports car keeps moving while the engine is idle, thus augmenting fuel efficiency especially at faster speeds.
Porsche 911 Carrera congruently matches its improved fuel efficiency with Porsche-style downsizing. To illustrate, the new engine is more powerful but is only 3.4-litres, down from 3.6-litres on the preceding model, making it the first Porsche sports car to emit less than the threshold of 200 g/km CO2.