The all-new Porsche 911 was unveiled at the LA Auto Show taking place this week. Now in its eighth generation, the iconic sportscar boasts refreshed looks and is more powerful. Porsche debuted the new model, dubbed 992, with the 911 Carrera S and 4S Coupé models. The new models are immediately familiar as Porsche 911s, but are more muscular and bolder in appearance.
Two to start
Under the engine cover things haven’t changed, thankfully. Flat-six turbocharged engines are still found behind the rear axle, true to the 911s heritage. Power output us rated at 331 kW in the 911 Carrera S and 4S derivatives. To achieve this 22 kW increase in power there is an improved injection process and a new layout for the turbochargers and charge air cooling systems. Power is transferred through a newly developed eight-speed Porsche Doppelkupplung (dual-clutch transmission).
Porsche claims that both 911 models can sprint to 100 km/h from standstill in under four-seconds. The rear-wheel-drive 911 Carrera S takes 3,7 seconds and the all-wheel-drive 911 Carrera 4S just 3,6 seconds. Porsche says top speed has been measured at 308 km/h for the 911 Carrera S and 306 km/h for the all-wheel-drive version.
New design language
Wider wheel arches house 20-inch front wheels and 21-inch rear wheels. In a departure, the rear end is now the same width across all models. At the front, the body is 45 mm wider. Electrical pop-out handles in the doors ensure a smooth side contour. All models feature a variable-position rear spoiler and body-width light strip. Apart from the front and rear sections, the entire outer shell is now made from aluminium.
A new interior is characterised by the clear and straight lines of the dashboard with recessed instruments. A central rev counter, typical for Porsche, and two thin, frameless displays supply information to the driver. The infotainment screen is now 10,9 inches. Located underneath are five buttons for direct access to important vehicle functions.
Ready to order
South African buyers can already order their new Porsche 911 from their nearest Porsche dealer. First deliveries are expected mid next year.