It's been less than a year since Porsche released its latest iteration of the iconic 911 range, and along with it the more powerful Carrera S model. And already the German automaker is offering an upgrade.

Released by the Porsche Exclusive department, the Powerkit ups the output from the 3.8-liter flat six from 400 horsepower to 430. As a result, the 911 Carrera S coupe equipped with the PDK dual-clutch transmission and the Powerkit is quoted at four seconds flat to 100 km/h (62 mph), with a top speed raised by four kilometers to 306 km/h (190 mph) or 308 km/h (191 mph) with the manual. It appears to be the same package that was fitted earlier to the exclusive 911 Club Coupe.

While output and performance has been heightened, Porsche quotes no changes to the car's fuel consumption figures. The changes are carried out by a remapped ECU, new cylinder heads and camshafts, a variable intake system, an additional radiator and a low-backpressure exhaust. The Sport Chrono dynamic engine mounts are also part of the package, and there's a host of aerodynamic enhancements – including a ducktail spoiler – on offer as well.

Scroll down for the full press release and scope out the retrofitted Carrera S in the high-res image gallery above for a closer look.
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New Porsche Exclusive Programme
More power for the 911 Carrera S and new personalisation products

Stuttgart. For its exceptionally performance-oriented customers, Porsche Exclusive now offers a new power enhancement kit developed for the 911 Carrera S. It focuses specifically on the dynamic properties of the sports car. It boosts the power of the 3.8-litre boxer engine from 400 hp (294 kW) to 430 hp (316 kW), producing even better driving performance. Thanks to this Powerkit, the 911 Carrera S Coupé only needs 4.0 seconds to sprint from zero to 100 km/h with PDK in Sport Plus mode. The kit also increases the top speed by four km/h: to 306 km/h with PDK and to 308 km/h with a seven-speed manual gearbox. However, the enhanced power has not affected fuel economy: fuel consumption values in the NEDC are unchanged despite a power increase of over seven per cent.

More power without higher fuel consumption is made possible by carefully tuned modifications and adaptations to the electronic engine management. The core elements of the Powerkit are special cylinder heads with different camshafts and an entirely new variable resonance intake system design with six air flaps and a resonance flap. An additional centre radiator keeps the higher specific power from overloading the thermal management system of the six-cylinder engine. Low exhaust back pressure is achieved by the sport exhaust system that is equipped with two sets of twin tailpipes with independent styling; this system is also included with the Powerkit. At the press of a button, the exhaust system is dethrottled, the two exhaust lines are merged and they generate a powerful engine sound. The Powerkit also includes the Sport Chrono package with dynamic engine mounts for even sportier driving properties. A visual trademark of the Powerkit is the car's modified engine compartment styling with titanium coloured engine cover and carbon inlays.

Porsche Exclusive also offers aerodynamically tuned exterior components that offer customisation over various expansion levels. The basic component is the front apron that extends low and has powerful air intakes from the Sport Design package. This package also includes a fixed rear spoiler in legendary "ducktail" form. The top upgrade is the Aerokit Cup with an additional fixed rear wing over the rear spoiler and a special front spoiler lip with additional air intakes. Other new Porsche Exclusive products for the 911 Carrera include tinted privacy glass for the side and rear windows and the Exterior package with various components in body colour. Inside, Porsche Exclusive also offers numerous upgrades such as interior packages with decorative trim ranging from brushed aluminium to carbon.


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      bleexeo
      • 2 Years Ago
      Or Porsche simply could have included the 30bhp to the Carrera S version from the get go. It's a premium 'S' version after all. But no, Porsche are the masters of getting you to part with big dollars for options.
        Jonathan Arena
        • 2 Years Ago
        @bleexeo
        This is a new engine that they are still developing. Considering they are getting WELL over 100 hp per liter for a street motor, and that it's reliability has been bulletproof so far, I think they're doing pretty darn good.
        Alex Butti
        • 2 Years Ago
        @bleexeo
        Porsche is an exclusive brand, bought by wealthy people that have taste in car. You sound like you don't have either.
          Bandit5317
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Alex Butti
          You're an idiot. See, aren't personal insults so easy on the internet? What's your point anyways? That because they can charge that much, they should?
          George
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Alex Butti
          Depends what your definition of rich is. My wife and I could buy a dozen carrera s, but here in Aus they want $300k for something decent. It grates. But the car is so great anyway I may buy one. The price is a bushwack but we only live once and I love driving. Already got a boxster, $116k would you believe, so I know just what to expect in terms of driving pleasure. I do not think I have got more taste than any contributor here just cause I can afford one. That is absurd.
      TrippulG3
      • 2 Years Ago
      So basically we're getting a modern-day Carrera S with the performance figures of a 996 Turbo. Sounds good to me.
        evannever
        • 2 Years Ago
        @TrippulG3
        Yeah, no disrespect to the 996TT, but this 991 S is an absolute monster.
        Mike B
        • 2 Years Ago
        @TrippulG3
        Only on paper because in straightline the new Carrera S is just behind the 997 Turbo while on track is as fast or faster than the 997.2 Turbo.
      Jonathan Wayne
      • 2 Years Ago
      Hi customers, I know we jacked you for almost $40,000 on options, but we are going to need some more money from you now. Thanks Porsche
        evannever
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Jonathan Wayne
        That's the beauty of options ...they're optional
      • 2 Years Ago
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      RodRAEG
      • 2 Years Ago
      430hp out of a 3.8L engine? Lets see Honda do that with their vtecs! HAH!!
        g2k
        • 2 Years Ago
        @RodRAEG
        If you really want to make that comparison, this comes out to 113 hp/L. The original S2000 was made 13 years ago and was able to achieve 240 hp from a 2L engine - that's 120 hp/L.
          RodRAEG
          • 2 Years Ago
          @g2k
          @Matthew It was continually updated and improved up until about 2005. Come on, now.
          Mike McDonald
          • 2 Years Ago
          @g2k
          Ha you silly silly Honda fanboys...
          g2k
          • 2 Years Ago
          @g2k
          @RodRaeg what's your point? The 911 is a sports car and Honda currently doesn't have any such cars. You can't compare the Accord's V6 to the 911's engine. Why Honda? Name me another car manufacturer that can achieve 430 hp out of a 3.8L engine without forced induction.
          RodRAEG
          • 2 Years Ago
          @g2k
          You obviously misread my comment. None of Honda's larger displacement engines come anywhere near the figures put out by Porsche. Do any of Honda's V6's even put out 100 hp/l? Not even close. If Honda's so aweshum, why isn't their omg amazing vtecs able to get the same hp/l numbers as their torque-less little 4-bangers?
          Matthew Kaiser
          • 2 Years Ago
          @g2k
          That was their supercar that was released 21 years ago.
          RodRAEG
          • 2 Years Ago
          @g2k
          @g2k Honda's NSX engine couldn't pull it off either, and that was their supercar. Whomp whomp. There's also the Ferrari 458 with its even higher hp/l, but that's a monster supercar. The Caparo T1 can put out greater power from a 3.5L engine, but that thing is literally a racecar. I don't know why you're asking me to name other cars out there. Very few can achieve what Porsche does and still have a modicum of reliability, and that's because Porsche rules, although BMW's S54B32 was putting out some comparable hp/l numbers near the end of its production. Or look at Their V10s or V8 in the M3, or even Audi's 4.2L V8 in the Q7 and R8. There's plenty more too. Making a high hp/l big displacement engine is a far greater task than doing it with a small displacement engine. You've got larger and heavier components that you have to deal with and forces that you would never worry about in a little 2.0L winky engine. Hell, I've seen VW Type IVs achieve 100hp/l reliably and that's a motor from the 70's. lol!
      Kwijiboz
      • 2 Years Ago
      "power kit"? So is it an option you tick when ordering new, or can you take a six month old S back for an upgrade? I love Porsches but damn the proliferation of variants must be confusing.
      TokyoRemix
      • 2 Years Ago
      Don't be so concerned with the price. If money's all you care about when looking at cars, you can ignore about 80 percent of the posts on this blog. As for any performance Porsche model...you can use the same words once spoken about a Ferrari 250 GT California-- "It's so choice. If you have the means, I highly recommend picking one up."
      J D
      • 2 Years Ago
      Does the powerkit upgrade include more LED's? Must. Have. Moar. LEDs. Makes. Car. Go. FAST.
      kmrk
      • 2 Years Ago
      Just get a GT3
      Smoking_dude
      • 2 Years Ago
      Excklusive Powerkit. I want to slap that on my Fiesta
      Jonathan Arena
      • 2 Years Ago
      How much!? Is it still an $18,000 option, or are they going to jack that up to 20k+ now that it inlcludes all sorts of other stuff...
      Jonathan Arena
      • 2 Years Ago
      Holy crap- -Cylinder Heads -Camshafts -Remapped ECU -Exhaust -Intake manifold Now THATS a powerkit! Thats way better than the last powerkit option...
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