A new engine for the S is mounted 0.4 inch lower in the tail section and is fed by direct fuel injection, providing 385 horses and 310 lb-ft of torque (increases of 30 and 15, respectively) from 3.8 liters of all-aluminum flat-six. The extra gusto made for a 3.9-second 0–60 run, which lopped 0.4 second off the time of the last manual Carrera S we tested. The quarter-mile was dispensed in 12.4 seconds at 114 mph. And all that comes without the PDK’s brains and optional launch-control setting. In short, it’s the quickest 911 Carrera we’ve tested to date.
It’s the most satisfying, too. The gearbox is carry-over, but we wouldn’t have wanted Porsche to change a thing, since it still has the perfectly weighted, well-matched pairing of clutch and shifter that we’ve come to expect from 911s. When the Sport button is pressed, the stiffening of the standard active suspension is noticeable, unlike in many other vehicles. It feels as though the tires are being forced down to the road, not the car being forced up in response to heaves and cracks. And the classic 911 shape—updated with LED lighting and revised front and rear styling—is still great to look at.
Source: Car and Driver