The Porsche 911 has always been the epitome of a sports car experience. And perhaps no other car has carried forward the legacy of its predecessors as well as the 911 does. Introduced over half a century ago, it’s still as iconic as it has always been, though 0-100km times have improved constantly and the latest generation, fastest version 911 Turbo S cracks it in less than 3 seconds.
EXTERIOR AND LOOK
Apart from the newly launched Black Edition variants, all other variants in this series look similar without any update. While the latest trims gets an elegant black paint work along with a set of 20-inch alloy wheels that emphasizes its exclusivity. This model series is inherited with the design language of brand Porsche, which makes it look sleek yet stunning. To begin with its rear profile, it has a sleekly structured taillight cluster featuring LED lights and turn indicators, which dazzles the rear. It surrounds the brand’s lettering and variant badging, both of which are treated in chrome. Just above this, it has air vents for engine cooling and is accompanied by a small windscreen. The rear body colored bumper is quite large, which houses a license plate console and a pair of reflectors. It is further fitted with a muffler cutter accompanied by quad chrome exhaust pipes. Coming to the sides, this two door vehicle has trendy cosmetics like body colored door handles and ORVM caps along with black window sills. Its expressive wheel arches are embraced with a set of light weight alloy wheels. While the newly launched trim gets exclusive 911 Turbo alloy wheels for enhanced sporty appeal. The turn blinkers have been mounted on the front wheel arches, which gives a distinct look to the sides. Its headlight cluster is equipped with xenon headlamps along with turn indicators. It surrounds a smiley shaped bonnet, which is beautifully decorated with the company’s insignia. Below this, there is a rugged bumper featuring an integrated spoiler along with a pair of air ducts, which gives a sporty look to the front. It is further equipped with LED daytime running lights, which adds to its captivating appeal.
INTERIOR AND COMFORT
Same as the exterior, the interior carries over mostly unchanged styling-wise. As before, it uses a sports steering wheel based on the 918 Spyder and standard sports seats with mechanical fore/aft adjustment and electronically height and backrest adjustment. No rear seats are provided as a weight-saving measure and in order to emphasize on the car’s track-bred orientation.The standard equipment list also features the Track Precision app, which enables drivers to display, record and analyse detailed driving data on smartphones.Porsche offers three additional seat variants for the new 911 GT3. There’s tge adaptive Sports seats Plus with electrical adjustment of all seat functions (18-way) and sports bucket seats with folding backrest, integrated thorax airbag, and manual fore/aft adjustment. Finally, customers can opt for full bucket seats made from carbon-fibre-reinforced plastic in carbon-weave finish for the ultimate race car experience.As far as tech goes, in addition to the Porsche Communication Management (PCM) system that includes an online navigation module with real-time traffic information, the standard equipment list also features the Connect Plus module and the Track Precision app. The latter enables 911 GT3 drivers to display, record and analyse detailed driving data on their smartphones.
ENGINE AND GEARBOX
The 2015 Porsche 911 Targa is available in two versions namely the ‘Targa 4’ and ‘Targa 4S’ and the former is powered by the 3.4-litre flat 6-cylinder engine tuned to produce 350 HP of power and 390 Nm of torque. The top-of-the-line 4S, on the other hand, comes with the 3.8-litre 6-cylinder engine producing 400 HP and 440 Nm of torque. You can also order the 4S with the optional Carrera S Powerkit that boosts output by 30 HP. Both the engines come paired to the 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission (PDK) as standard with power being sent to all wheels via the All-Wheel Drive system.
Performance Figures – The 911 Targa 4 does the 0-100 km/hr sprint in just 4.8 seconds (with the Sport Chrono package) and boasts of a top speed of 282 km/hr. The more powerful 4S can do the same distance in 4.4 seconds and has a top speed of 296 km/hr. In terms of technology, the Targa surely packs in quite a lot featuring electrical system recuperation, map-controlled thermal management of the engine coolant and an auto stop/start function that not only offers exceptional high revving performance but also impressive fuel economy.
RIDE AND HANDLING
This is one area where it is really really really hard to come close to a Porsche let alone beating it. Each Porsche is made for a purpose and yet delivers an amazing driving experience The steering feedback is precise and so is the suspension.The suspension is a bit still but manageable. This prevents the car from scrapping in bad potholes. On the bright side the car is amazing in corners. You would really enjoy this car on track.The seats are comfortable and soaks most of the thuds that is not filtered by the suspension. Porsche has portrayed this as a luxury / performance oriented sports car. The seats of a sports car but the cushion of a luxury car. The 911 is all about performance shattering figures and it delivers so rightly so. On track or off it the car is in sync with you heart. If it was Nicky Lauda he would say his butt was in sync with the car.
This sports car comes with several passive safety aspects including full size airbags along with three point automatic seat belts featuring seat mounted buckles. It is also incorporated with Porsche side impact protection that comprises of thorax airbags on each side of seat, impact protection elements on doors and head airbags, which minimizes the damage caused in case of an accident. This vehicle is also equipped with deformable front and rear aprons, which can absorb the impact in case of a collision. Furthermore, it comes with light package featuring bi-xenon headlights including dynamic range adjustment and cleaning system, automatic headlight activation including welcome home lighting and a pair of reflector units at the rear.
The launch of this new 911 Carrera S is right around the corner, and the best part is that the price could be quite aggressive. Because the engine now falls below the 3,000cc mark, the car has to be homologated in India, and as a result of both these things, it now also falls into a lower tax bracket. The result is, we expect the new Carrera to cost around Rs 1.4 crore and the Carrera S around Rs 1.6 crore (ex-showroom), before options. The 911 does lack the drama and flash value of some other sportscars, but then its appeal has always been in the way it drives, and for fans of the brand and the vehicle itself, there can be no substitute. What we can verify, however, is that turbocharging and downsizing has not spoilt the Carrera formula at all, and if anything, it’s only enhanced it. This new 911 is a winner.
Porsche 911 Ex Showroom Price in Hyderabad ranges from 1,42,31,657/- (911 Carrera) to 2,81,62,703/- (911 Turbo S Cabriolet).Porsche 911 has 9 Variants of Petrol are available in India. Porsche 911 comes in 14 colours, namely Racing Yellow,White,Guards Red,Dark Blue Metallic,Rhodium Silver Metallic,Mahogany Metallic,Agate Grey Metallic,Gt Silver Metallic,Black,Sapphire Blue Metallic,Carrara White Metallic,Anthracite Brown Metallic,Jet Black Metallic,Lime Gold Metallic.