Porsche Exclusive has announced a Powerkit and Aerokit for the new Porsche 991 range, continuing a tradition that goes back to the 996 and earlier.
The Powerkit is for the 3.8-litre Carrera S only and boosts the output by a useful 30bhp to 430bhp. Not that long ago, that was 911 Turbo levels of power! Porsche claims a 0-62mph time of 4-0 seconds with PDK in Sport Plus mode. Fuel economy is said to unchanged.
Porsche says: “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.”
The engine bay, if it can be called that, is a disappointment in the standard 991. Adding a bit of bling helps but it’s still not an inspiring sight. Still, most 991 owners will never lift the engine lid so it’s not an issue.
From a visual point of view, Porsche Exclusive is offering a range of body additions, including the Sport Design Package which gives a deeper front panel with larger intakes and a ducktail rear spoiler. The jury’s still out on a ducktail on a modern 911 – what do you think?
The Aerokit Cup goes one further with a fixed rear wing and a deeper front lip spoiler. Hints of a future GT3 perhaps?
When I see things things, I always think about the secondhand market. The Powerkit has always been an expensive option when new yet has little affect on prices of used Porsches. Indeed, I’ve seen 911s advertised for sale and the vendor didn’t even know the car had a Powerkit fitted! So if you’re buying a used Porsche 911, getting one with a Powerkit can be good news, as you get the very real benefits without having to pay much, if any, more.
Aerokits and the like are a mixed blessing on used Porsche 996s and 997s. Personally, I think they look good but, surprisingly, most buyers seem to prefer cars with a bodykit. With the 996, in particular, there’s always the worry that you’re trying to kid people you’re driving a GT3 but so long as you don’t change the badging (people do!) then I think an Aerokitted 996 is acceptable. Same with the 997.