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The 991 Register caters for the first and second generation model ranges of the latest iteration of the 911.
The 991 Carrera Coupe was launched at Frankfurt in 2011 along with the Carrera S version. With a completely new body structure compared with the outgoing 997 model, the 991 has increased wheelbase and track, but is lower and 80kg lighter, due in part to the extensive use of aluminium.
The uprated DFI engine produces 394hp in the S from the 3800cc swept volume and with the revised PDK gearbox and Sport Plus package is capable of the 0-62mph dash in 4.1sec. For the first time a 7 speed manual gearbox was also available although the vast majority of UK cars are specified with the PDK gearbox.
The following year the Cabriolet versions were launched in March 2012 followed by the Carrera 4 and 4S versions in Autumn of that year.
In 2013 the Turbo was announced along with the Turbo S with 513hp and 552hp respectively. Active rear steering was a first on this car, a feature also shared with the GT3 that was also launched in 2013 to universal plaudits. However a recall of this model for an engine replacement delayed the delivery and use of these models.
Limited edition models have also been launched including the Club Coupe, the 50th Anniversary Edition and in 2014 a decidedly retro take on the Targa was launched, based on the wide body from the Carrera 4 and only available with four wheel drive.
December 2015 saw the intorduction of the second generation 991. The most notable update to the long-running sports car is a new turbocharged flat six engine producing more power, considerably more torque, higher rpm limits, reduced emissions and better fuel economy. The new twin-turbo 3.0-litre flat six petrol engine in the Carrera develops 365bhp and in the Carrera S, those outputs rise to 414bhp.
The added power means the Carrera now sprints to 62mph from rest in 4.2sec when equipped with the optional Sport Chrono package. In the Carrera S, the time drops to 3.9 seconds, making both models 0.2sec faster than their outgoing equivalents. The top speed of both the Carrera and Carrera S has also increased, to 183mph and 191mph respectively.
As well as providing tuneable settings for the dampers and throttle mapping, the Sport Chrono package now includes a steering wheel-mounted driving mode switch that allows the driver to choose between Normal, Sport, Sport Plus and Individual driving modes.
On models with the Sport Chrono pack and PDK, an additional Sport Response button is fitted. Once pushed, the system provides maximum acceleration for 20 seconds by selecting the optimum gear. The Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) system is now standard,
A new option on the 911 Carrera is a four-wheel steer system, similar to that used by the 911 Turbo and GT3.
The 911’s exterior has also been upgraded, with new front and rear lights. The front features four-spot LED daytime running lights incorporated into the Bi-Zenon main headlights with direction indicators even slimmer than before. The air intakes are larger with active air flaps on the sides to control aerodynamics and cooling performance as required.
The design of the rear lights is now three dimensional with four-spot brake lights and the high level third brake light integrated directly above the slats in the rear grill. The slats now run longitudinally to provide more cooling air to the engine, intercoolers and turbochargers venting through two side outlets on the rear apron.
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