The 2016 991-generation Porsche 911 facelift was revealed just a few days ago but we wouldn’t have blamed you if you didn’t pick up on it. Understandably, we don’t blame Porsche either as the iconic rear-engined sports car‘s silhouette has remained pretty much the same since its introduction in the early 60s.

So, what exactly has changed externally? For starters, you get new headlights with four-point LED daytime running lights, new wheel designs, integrated door handle recesses, redesigned taillights and most noticeably, a new rear deck lid with vertical louvres and central twin exhaust pipes on select variants.

Optional equipment include rear-wheel steering and Sport Chrono Package – the latter adds on a redesigned multifunction steering wheel with a rotary switch that allows drivers to select from four different operating modes. The four available modes are Normal, Sport, Sport Plus and Individual. Speaking of the interior, the rejuvenated 911 also receives a new Porsche Communication Management infotainment system.


The highlight this time round lies under the bonnet as the facelifted 911 Carrera and Carrera S models are equipped, for the first time, with a turbocharged 3.0 litre flat-six engine. As such, Porsche has released a new two minute-long video that illustrates the all-new blown mill. In the base Carrera, said mill has been tuned to put out a total of 370 PS and 450 Nm of torque while the Carrera S touts as much as 420 PS and 500 Nm.

Coupled to a seven-speed PDK double-clutch gearbox (a seven-speed manual is standard), the Carrera sprints to 100 km/h from rest in just 4.2 seconds before topping out at 295 km/h. The more powerful Carrera S does the century sprint in 3.9 seconds and has a top whack of 308 km/h. Aside from that, the 911 Carrera and Carrera S models also get Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) as standard.

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