Porsche increases 911 Carrera S power output with Porsche Exclusive Powerkit

Andross Moonah - CAP staff
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Porsche's current 911 Carrera S is a 400-horsepower rocketship on wheels and the latest in a long line of S-badged 911s. It's also relatively new, having been introduced just last year, but like its predecessors the current generation Carrera S is sure to be modified and improved throughout its production life cycle.

It's fitting then that Porsche has released a Powerkit upgrade for the 911 Carrera S through its Porsche Exclusive department. The package includes special cylinder heads with different camshafts and a new variable resonance intake system complete with six air flaps and a resonance flap. A centre radiator and sport exhaust system with two sets of twin tailpipes is also included in the Powerkit.

How much power does the Powerkit actually add? Porsche claims an increase from 400 to 430 horsepower, which makes for a 0 to 100 km/h acceleration time of 4 seconds. That compares to acceleration times of 4.5 seconds and 4.3 seconds respectively for models equipped with the seven-speed manual transmission and the PDK dual-clutch transmission. The Powerkit increases the top speed by four km/h to 306 km/h for PDK-equipped Carrera S models and 308 km/h for models using the manual transmissions.

Despite its performance gains, the Powerkit has no adverse effect on fuel economy according to Porsche, and the 3.8-litre boxer engine maintains its original fuel economy figures despite the power increase of over seven percent. This means Carrera S models with the new Powerkit should still be rated at 11.1 L/100km and 7.2 L/100km in city and highway driving for manual transmission models. PDK versions of the Carrera S with the new Powerkit should still be rated at 10.6 L/100km in the city and 7.3 L/100km on the highway.

Apart from the gains in power and speed, the new Carrera S Powerkit also adds a Sport Chrono package with dynamic engine mounts for sportier driving characteristics. The Powerkit also includes a titanium coloured engine cover and carbon inlays.

In addition to the Powerkit, Porsche Exclusive offers aerodynamically tuned body parts for the Carrera S such as a low front apron and fixed rear "ducktail" spoiler. The Carrera S can also be outfitted with an Aerokit Cup package with fixed rear wing over the rear spoiler as well as a front lip spoiler with additional air intakes. Interior enhancements from Porsche Exclusive include decorative trim such as brushed aluminum and carbon fibre.

The Porsche Exclusive Powerkit makes for a 911 Carrera S that's altogether more exclusive and more capable as a sports car. Though it raises the already awesome capabilities of the Carrera S further, this new Powerkit is surely only one of the first in a long line of upgrades and modifications for the current-generation Carrera S. As Porsche has demonstrated with past iterations of the 911 Carrera, improvement is continuous.
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Topics: Porsche, 911 Carrera S, 911 Carrera S Cabriolet, Porsche Exclusive,

Organizations: Porsche

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