05 Aug 2017 Porsche Carrera 4S Convertible
Is the 991.2 the worst sounding Porsche Carrera ever?
Porsche Carrera’s were always known for being emotional drivers cars with very responsive naturally aspirated flat 6 engines. That was at least the case until 2016 came along. Bending over for stricter government emission standards, Porsche had to scratch their naturally engines from their line up, and for the first time give the Carrera a turbocharged 3 liter engine.
To some enthusiasts, like myself, this is a complete nightmare. Why you ask? Because turbocharging means there is one additional filter between your right foot and the engine, and one more filter between the engine the the exhaust. These two filters, make driving quite a bit different, and a bit more dull, at least it has in the past. The new 3 liter Porsche turbo motor, is a bit different though.
Thankfully, Porsche has an amazing engineering team, which was able to keep this engine still feel alive. They did add two turbochargers, but they are rather small and variable turbine geometry, which allows this turbocharged 911 to actually drive almost like the naturally aspirated predecessor, just with more power.
This new 3.0 liter turbocharged engine produces 420 HP and 500 NM (368 lb-ft) of torque in this version of the 911, which is a good amount of power increase over the previous 4S with 400 PS and 440 NM (320 lb-ft). The bigger difference is when this power is delivered. The new turbo engine delivers peak torque from 1,700 to 5,000 rpm and max HP at 6,500 rpm, whereas the old engine needed at least 5,600 hp to come alive. Meaning, the new engine is much more usable for the less engaged driver. Less planning, driving and shifting is necessary in order to get the best out of the car, which is a welcoming effect for many Porsche customers, but less to the true enthusiasts, who love naturally aspirated engines for the fact that you have to drive them right in order to get performance out of them. But thankfully there is still the GT3.
In terms of sound, the new turbo motor definitely lost quite some decibel of noise
but for a turbocharged car, it definitely sounds good. Especially if you keep the roof up. You still have some of the mechanical 6 cylinder boxer noise that you don’t get in the 911 Turbo, and the by the software created backfires are even louder than in the previous 991.1 generation car.
Sound Comparison Porsche Carrera 4S and Carrera GTS
Driving dynamics are unbelievable in this car. This car can do things a Carrera shouldn’t be able to do. Especially if you order the car with the rear-wheel-steering system, you might be able to give 991 GT3s a very hard time. This car can go through turns at a very serious pace.
Autobahn High Speed in the Porsche Carrera 4S
The interior is beautiful as always. Just like the exterior, the changes are minimal, since after all, this is just a facelift. The car has gotten a new PCM system, which is even quicker and easier to use than before. Oh, and if you care for it, the 911now has Apple Car Play, as well.
Overall, I do like the 991.2 Carrera 4S. However, as a car enthusiast and purist, I am extremely sad to see the naturally motor go away from the Carrera. Yes, the new car can most definitely do almost everything better than the old car, it just can’t give me the same goosebumps the old car did. For me, the 991.1 Carrera GTS is the only option. For most other, the 991.2 Carrera is the best and most capable Carrera, Porsche has ever built.