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Sime Darby Auto Performance today launched the new Porsche 911 Carrera facelift, which marks the introduction of turbocharged engines to the Carrera range. Three variants are on offer here – Carrera, Carrera S and Carrera 4S – with prices starting from RM870,000 nett, without on-the-road costs or insurance.

Let’s start with the most significant update here – the engine. The 911 Carrera range is now powered by a 3.0 litre biturbo flat-six engine that pumps out 370 hp and 450 Nm in the entry-level variant. For the Carrera S and Carrera 4S, the blown boxer outputs 420 hp and 500 Nm. In both cases, this represents a hike of 20 hp/60 Nm.

With Porsche’s seven-speed PDK dual-clutch transmission and Sport Chrono Package attached, the new 911 Carrera will sprint from zero to 100 km/h in just 4.2 seconds (0.2 second faster than its predecessor), and on to a top speed of 293 km/h (up by 6 km/h).

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The more powerful Carrera S and Carrera 4S will achieve the same in 3.9 (0.2 seconds faster) and 3.8 seconds (0.3 seconds faster), respectively. Top speed for the former is now 306 km/h (up by 4 km/h) and 303 km/h (up by 6 km/h) for the latter.

Other performance upgrades affect the car’s chassis. Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) is now standard on all Carrear models, which lowers the car’s ride height by 10 mm. Other changes include revised dampers, along with wider tyres (305 mm instead of 295 mm on the Carrera S and Carrera 4S) and rims.

The new 911 Carrera models also come with a rotary switch located within the steering wheel (as seen on the 918 Spyder), offering drivers a total of four driving modes – Normal, Sport, Sport Plus, and Individual. Rear-wheel steering is also an option here, along with a Sport Exhaust System, Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control, ceramic brakes and a front axle life system.

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Done with the substantial performance upgrades, exterior changes to the Porsche 911 Carrera models are pretty subtle. There are new headlamps with four-point LED daytime running lights, new wheel designs, door handles without recess covers, redesigned taillights and most noticeably, a redesigned rear deck lid with vertical louvres.

Similarly, upgrades in the cabin include the adoption of the aforementioned new steering wheel, and the Porsche Communication Management (PCM) infotainment system. The PCM is linked to a seven-inch touchscreen display, and features Apple CarPlay compatibility and navigation function.

As mentioned earlier, the new 911 Carrera range is priced from RM870,000 for the entry-level variant. The Carrera will set you back RM970,000, while the range-topping Carrera 4S retails for RM1,040,000. All prices here are on-the-road without registration fee, road tax, insurance, and include a four-year warranty as well as a four-year free service, parts and maintenance package.

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