Sime Darby Auto Performance recently launched the 991 Porsche 911 Carrera and Carrera S in Malaysia. The 991 is the latest iteration of the iconic sportscar and comes with a lot of improvements compared to the 997, its predecessor. Although it looks the same in a passing glance, Porsche designers have given subtle tweaks to the design.
The car is now wider at the front for a squatter stance. It also gets bigger air intakes and restyled headlamp beams inside a circular enclosure that looks similar to the 997′s. The LED daytime running lights and turn signals too have been redesigned. The rear gets sleeker tail lamps and a restyled, retractable spoiler. The new car also get a wheelbase lengthened by 10cm.
The interiors too have been spruced up to match that of the new Cayenne and Panamera. It gets a redesigned centre console with controls well within the reach of the driver. The new car is 40kg lighter than the outgoing car and is more fuel efficient by 16 per cent, due to its new lightweight body construction. In spite of this, it is faster and quicker than its predecessor, courtesy new engines. The new Carrera gets a 3.4-litre boxer engine with 350bhp and although a seven-speed manual gearbox is standard internationally, Malaysians will get the acclaimed seven-speed PDK automatic. Customers wanting the manual can order theirs anyways.
The 911 Carrera S moves the game up with its 400bhp 3.8-litre boxer six. 0-100kmph times for the S stand at 4.5 seconds with manual transmission, 4.3 seconds with PDK and 4.1 seconds with the sport chrono package that adds the launch control feature. On the performance front, it is a giant leap compared to the 997 and can lap the Nurburgring in 07 minutes and 40 seconds. That’s 14 seconds faster than the previous model.
Final pricing hasn’t been fixed but the Carrera will cost RM430,000 while the Carrera S will be priced at RM490,000, without duties. The final pricing will be revealed in the coming days.