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2015 Porsche 911 facelift revealed

Porsche's flagship sports car gets significant styling and mechanical upgrades, and goes on sale in the UK this December

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The facelifted Porsche 911 will go on sale in the UK this December, and has been shown in public for the first time at the Frankfurt motor show.

What is it?

The 911 is Porsche's flagship sports car, and with this latest update Porsche has used the opportunity to move almost the entire 911 range over to turbocharged engines.

As well as its mechanical changes, the 911 benefits from new lights at the front and read, as well as new active air ducts in the front bumper which can open or close to channel air flow. A redesigned air vent features at the rear, and is used to cool the engine, intercoolers and turbochargers.

What engines can I choose from?

For the first time in its long history, almost all of the 911 range features turbocharged engines. Power comes from a twin-turbocharged 3.0-litre flat six petrol, which in the entry-level Carrera model develops 365bhp and 332lb ft of torque. In the Carrera S, those numbers rise to 414bhp and 369lb ft.

The Carrera can now reach 62mph in just 4.2 seconds, with the Carrera S covering the same distance in 3.9 seconds, making both cars 0.2 seconds faster than before. The top speed of both the Carrera and Carrera S has also increased, to 183mph and 191mph respectively.

Buyers can choose between Porsche's PDK automatic transmission, although a seven-speed manual is offered as well.

How much equipment does it come with?

Porsche's interior upgrades are mostly limited to the infotainment system, which for this facelift has been changed to a new 7.0-inch touchscreen system. It's intuitive and easy to use, and features upgraded graphics compared to the old car, as well as Apple Carplay and Android Auto connectivity.

Elsewhere, the 911 remains well equipped whichever model you choose, but stand-out options include the Sports Chrono Package, which allows drivers to switch between different driving modes, and a hydraulic lifting function which can raise the car's ride by 40mm.

The list of standard equipment has also grown, and now includes Porsche's Active Suspension Management system.

How much will it cost?

The facelifted Porshe 911 will go on sale in the UK this December, with the entry-level Carrera costing £76,412 in coupé form, rising to £85,253 for the cabriolet version. The Carrera S, meanwhile, costs £85,857 and £94,698 in coupé and cabriolet forms respectively.

How good are its rivals?

The 911's chief rivals include the Jaguar F-type Coupé and the Mercedes-AMG GT. Both cars currently receive a four-star rating on What Car? while the current 911 receives our top score of five stars.

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Porsche 911

What Car? SaysRated 5 out of 5
Owners sayRated 5 out of 5

A fantastic sports car and one of the few you can live with every day. The Audi R8 might be more theatrical than the Turbo models, but the lower-end 911 models are world-class, and define the sports car category.