Porsche’s decision to start building entry-level 911 models with turbocharged engines certainly ruffled more than a few feathers, but for tuning companies, it was a godsend.
It is no secret that it is much easier and cost-effective to extract additional power from an engine using forced induction than a naturally aspirated one. British tuning company Litchfield has made the most of this with the 992-gen 911 Carrera and Carrera S.
Straight out of the factory, Porsche’s 3.0-liter twin-turbo flat-six pumps out 379 HP and 332 lb-ft (450 Nm) in the Carrera and 444 HP and 390 lb-ft (530 Nm) of torque in the Carrera S.
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Litchfield’s plug-and-plug ECU tune lifts power to an extraordinary 572 hp and 480 lb-ft (650 Nm). That means almost 200 hp can be gained easily, putting the new 911 almost on par with the 991.2-generation Turbo S in terms of outright grunt.
Purchasing Litchfield’s ECU tune won’t break the bank either, as it is priced at an entirely reasonably £,1194 ($1,466) including VAT.
Right now, Porsche is developing a new 911 Turbo and Turbo S, whose power is tipped to sit at approximately 620 and 650 HP, respectively. Inevitably, their engines will be significantly different than the base Carrera and Carrera S, but they will also be much more expensive. Given what can be achieved with the plain vanilla versions, it will be interesting to see how high tuning companies will take the new Turbo models.