I may be a driving enthusiast, but at the same time, I’m aware that I also need to be eco-conscious. Only a fool would assume that it is okay to consume non-renewable resources faster than we can find sustainable ones.
But as a petrolhead, I am pained whenever a carmaker has to change a model’s formula in the name of being eco-friendly. In particular, I’m referring to the updated Porsche 911 Carrera and Carrera S models, which are now both powered by turbocharged 3-litre flat-6 engines.
This smaller engine replaces the naturally aspirated 3.4-litre flat-6 and 3.8-litre flat-6 in the 911 Carrera and 911 Carrera S models.
Naturally, the new turbocharged motor is claimed to be more powerful and more efficient as well.
But given that I’ve always felt that the Carrera S was the ideal sports car, Porsche’s move is a hard one to accept. Naturally aspirated engines are more responsive and linear, making them perfect for sports cars.
Turbocharged motors, no matter how well-tuned, can never replicate these characteristics. Besides, now that the Carrera models are also turbocharged, what is the 911 Turbo going to be called?
When I look at the bigger picture, one thing becomes clear: Nothing is sacred, especially when ecological concerns come to the fore.
As I mentioned in the beginning, I am aware that even if I’m a petrolhead, I need to be eco-conscious.
But I can’t help but feel that the Carrera models having turbocharged engines is very much like a high-end restaurant slowly changing its menu such that its more sinful options are becoming “healthier” choices, with reduced fat, sodium and sugar content.
I don’t mind healthier meals. But to eat them all the time without being able to indulge is a painful way to live.