AutonetMagz – As on the previous article, we have written our first impression experience for the new Porsche Carrera S from the 2016 Porsche Media Driving Experience held in Singapore recently, and now is the time to discuss the new revolution done by Porsche AG on their oldest Sportscar variant, the 911.
As we know, the Porsche 911 Carrera are known for its high revving and nice tone from its naturally aspirated 6 cylinder flat engine, but on the latest facelift 7th generation of Porsche 911 Carrera (code 991) they decide to replace the N/A 3.4 liter and 3.8 liter fitted in the previous Carrera and Carrera S respectively, with a new 3.0 liter bi-Turbo flat six engine with different output for the new Carrera and Carrera S.
Driving Position and First Impression
Entering a 911 Carrera surely is a special feeling, since the first time our instructor handle the key, opening the low pillar-less door, and entering the low positioned seats, starting to create an impression that its not just a car, its a Porsche, a sports car.
At the inside, setting the seats and the steering wheel into a comfortable position, could be done in a flick of electric switches, plus 2 memory settings to store your favorite position. Grab the key and insert it to a slot at the right side of the dashboard and turn the key, instantly, a familiar and exhilarating growl from the distinctive 6-cylinder engines could be heard.
Frankly the engine tone are still the same, as Porsche Sound Symposer help to amplify the engine rumble to the cabin, to create a distinctive not to say an addictive symphony, as both of us did praise the engine sound many times during our trip.
Before putting the gear into drive position, you could easily notice that, the car visibility is good, surely its a wide car, but with a near and non obstructive A-pillar and surprisingly a good rear window view, adapting, let say from a saloon to this car is a breeze.
Exiting the Fullerton Hotel parking is easy, as Porsche and Fullerton are kindly enough to give us a special parking lot in front of the lobby, accompanied by a lot of eyes staring at us driving this car, especially from the tourists visiting the Fullerton Hotel as one of the historical sites in Singapore.
As the hotel itself located strategically at the mouth of Singapore Bay area and Financial district, we directly facing the busy traffic of the financial area, luckily thanks to a friendly driving position and unobstructed views across all 911 corners, we effortless manage to adapt to the car.
As our first trip to Marina Barrage are quite near, we didn’t have a chance to explore the car much, but surely, with a flick of dial knob, you could change the engine setting along with suspension (the 911 Carrera S now came with PASM/Porsche Active Suspension Management as standard). We initially choose the normal settings for maximum comfort, but after a meanwhile, we change to sport setting to enjoy a more harsh and thrilling sound of the exhausts.
Surprisingly, on the sport settings, the suspension is forgivable, surely the smooth asphalt of Singapore roads do support this feeling, but we do praise how the sport suspensions behave, as it didn’t shake and throw you away in a bad or bumpy road condition, even our friends from SpeedCreed did mentioned that his Golf GTI felt more harsh than the new 911 Carrera S we drove.
The handling felt sharp, and the cars reacts instantly, with a cat like responds, the steering wheels also felt good, it transmits the road condition very well, despite it apply an electric steering rack system (The first generation to apply an electric power steering).
Driving away from Marina Barrage to Singapore tunnels also done in a breeze, as we did try the car potential at the tunnel, despite the 90 km of speed limit really tortured us, as you can imagine, driving a car who with a slight touch on the pedal could throw you away instantly to more than 120 km/h of speed forced to be driven below 90 km/h, a suffering session for
us the car indeed.
After finishing our lunch on Ristorante de Valentino’s at Turf club area, we feel an urge to try the car performance, so we decide to go to Lim Chu Kang roads, where its famous as a place for illegal drag race venue in Singapore. Arriving there, we do agree why the street are often used as a street racing venue, as the road are just a long straight roads with 3 rows each ways and only have around 2 intersection with a quite long distance each other.
So in this road we decide to test the car performance and it really surprised us, as previously our instructor share us how to use the ‘Fun’ button (Porsche called it -SPORT Response- button) located at the middle of the dial knob. As when you pressed it, the car directly change the gear into the most optimum position for performance (in a short terms is, it going to 1 gear lower than it should be), along with piling up the turbo boost and instantly gives you a jolt of acceleration when you hit the pedal.
This mode activates for 20 seconds, and there will be a timer in the dashboard showing the time left, which we think are very useful to pass any cars in front you, literally, any car! But if you’ve done with passing the car, don’t forget to press the button once more to deactivate it, if not, during the 20 seconds of time which indeed a long time, the car will instantly reduced the gear by itself and make an unpleasant driving condition, so use it with a great attention, as the car become really ‘Fun’ while in this mode.
After driving the car almost a full day, we initially didn’t felt the turbo lag, as the huge 500 Nm of torque instantly available from as low as 1,700 rpm up to 5,000 rpm, which we rarely reached those peak Rpm in Singapore roads. but after a meanwhile, especially if you pedal the throttle instantly, there is a slight, a brief, a flash of turbo lag which we do dare to say that it didn’t reduce the enjoyment of the car, as it still offers the similar flat six roar and high Rpm performance offered by its previous N/A counterparts.
So, are the new Porsche 911 Carrera S with the new Bi-Turbo drivetrain offers a different sensation compared to its previous N/A counterparts?
Frankly we could say that it did offer a different things, as it become more responsive, more efficient, more green, it still maintains the good driving position offered in a Porsche, a good handling synonymous with a 911 model, a decent comfort to be use daily and a nice symphony from the flat six engine.
Which returns to the first questions, did it offer a different sensation? we could say yes, as it offers a better sensation compared to the previous version, we do think as long as the changes resulting to a better things, you purists should stop thinking of it and give it a try, you surely will appreciate what have Porsche engineers done towards this new 911 Carrera S.
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