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Porsche 911 power and aero kits (2012) first pictures
21 June 2012 15:22
Porsche is to offer an engine-enhancing powerkit specifically for the flagship 991 Carrera S, taking output up to 424bhp.
The other headline new options are two different style of aero-biased body modification.
What does the powerkit bring to Porsche 911 Carrerra S?
This isn't just a liberation of a bit more poke with a quick ECU remap - Porsche have gone to great lengths to enhance the 991's performance without compromising the usability or efficiency of its direct-injection flat-six engine.
New cylinder heads, camshafts and a variable resonance intake system. Keeping everything cool is an extra centre radiator, while the sports exhaust system included with the powerkit lowers exhaust back pressure to help the normally-aspirated enigne breathe freer, and with a more sporty sound as a welcome pay-off.
The powerkit also includes Porsche's Sport Chrono package with dynamic engine mounts first seen on the facelifted 997 Turbo - a measure of just how much the standard Carrera's performance hardare has preogrssed. To set your powerkit-shod 991 apart from lesser 911s, uprated cars get modified engine compartment styling with titanium coloured engine cover and natty carbon inlays.
And how big is the performance improvement with the powerkit 991?
Substantial enough to trouble even the new Aston Martin Vanquish, according to figures from Stuttgart. Power climbs from 394bhp to 424bhp, allowing the launch control-equipped PDK car to sprint from 0-62mph in just 4.0 seconds flat - that's 0.3 seconds faster than before.
The seven-speed manual car gets its own back by being slightly faster at the top end than the auto: 191mph plays 190mph. For comparison standard PDK Carrera S runs out of puff at 187mph.
So what's the story with those serious-looking spoilers?
Porsche is offering different aerodynamic additions depending on whether Sir would prefer a retro-styled, or Cup car-alike version. The Sport Design package wears a deeper front apron and ducktail rear spoiler, similar to the item on the posterior of last year's 997 Sport Classic limited edition.
Meanwhile, customers who can't wait for next year's GT3 to adorn their 911 with a massive wing should look no further than the Aerokit Cup, which buys an additional fixed rear wing, and further frontal extentions with extra air intakes.
As ever with Porsche options lists though, if you like the look of what you see in these pictures and on the spec sheet, don't expect a bargain in return for ticking the boxes...