2016 Porsche 911 Carrera S Test Drive: Video
Porsche’s decision to use a newly designed turbocharged unit on the new 911 Carrera in place of the old naturally aspirated, 3.8-liter mill caused quite a firestorm when the car made its grand debut at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show. It certainly goes without saying that not everybody was on board with that decision. But, for all the benefits of the old engine (purer engine noise), the new 3.0-liter turbocharged flat-six engine really isn’t so much of a step down as it is a change in direction for the iconic model.
Since the car is new to market, video reviews of the new 911 are slowly coming out. This one comes by way of EVO’s Henry Catchpole, who spends some quality time with the newest 911 on the block to give us the lowdown on the big changes given to the sports car. The most obvious, and quite honestly most important change, is the decision to shift to a turbocharged engine — something that Catchpole didn’t seem to mind, considering how more responsive and more balanced the 911 is now compared to the previous generation model. He also made an interesting point on the engine noise of the turbocharged flat-six engine, pointing out how the noise builds right up to the top of the rev range, releasing a throaty roar that rises to a crescendo at just the right time.
There will obviously be a lot of people, mostly the so-called Porsche purists, who will remain loyal to the naturally aspirated engines — that much is a given. But, as Catchpole points out, just because the new 911 now comes with a turbocharged engine, it doesn’t mean that it’s less fun to drive than its predecessors.