The bug of love

Porsche updates (no, really!) its 50-year-old iconic sportscar

Launched originally in 1963 and with fewer model changes than facelifts on hatchbacks, the Porsche 911 has been a mainstay in the millionaire’s garage.

As expected, the design is evolutionary rather than revolutionary, but this is what Porsche does best. For 2016, there are subtle changes to the front bumper, which houses a slim LED strip and bi-xenon headlamps that now wear the signature Porsche four-dot LED daytime running lights. Around the back, there’s a new air inlet with redesigned louvres and 3D-effect LED tail lamps. 

Faster? Yes sir!

But this is also the business end of any Porsche worth its salt, so we have an all-new range of engines that are now bi-turbocharged and up on power by 20bhp across the different variants. The base Carrera now makes 360bhp while the top-of-the-range Turbo S makes a whopping 580bhp and breaks the 0-100kmph barrier within 2.9secs!

This is true supercar league and Porsche is proud of the fact that this still remains the most practical and useable everyday supercar with no drop in performance, efficiency or reliability based on external weather or temperature conditions. The 2016 model now even comes with ride height control, allowing you to raise the front axle over sharp bumps to give you an additional 40mm of clearance.

Techier? But of course.

Inside, it’s typical Porsche, but with a few new refinements such as the 7in Porsche Communication Management screen that now supports Apple CarPlay and other smartphone functions, as long as it's plugged into the dock.

The screen has also been given an update to handle multi-touch gestures so the iPad generations feel more at home. Audio is handled by a Bose surround sound system, but the sport exhaust on this new Carrera might just be a better musical companion.

More tech comes in the form of driving fun. The new Carrera now has a rear-wheel steering system that turns the rear wheels in the same direction as the ones in the front at speeds above 80kmph to aid in stability; when the speed drops to below 50kmph, the rear wheels turn counter to tighten the line and improve agility.

There’s also an optional Sport Chrono Package, but for the first time, all variants now get a Mode switch on the steering wheel that allows drivers to customise their driving experience from Sport, Sport +, Normal and Individual. In the centre of this dial is a button called Sport Response - it preps up all engine and drivetrain systems to deliver maximum performance for a short burst of 20 seconds, perfect for overtaking that convoy of HOG riders.

Prices for India start at around ₹1.4cr (ex showroom, Maharashtra) and can go really high, if you want to go really fast.