The imminent arrival of the 8th generation Porsche 911 has been an exciting time for many car lovers, and now it is finally upon us.
Many leaks for the car have been circling around the internet and now we finally get to see it from Porsche. Code-named the 911 992, the new 911 marks a big event in Porsche’s history as this is the 55th year anniversary of the 911.
Earlier this year, Porsche celebrated its 70th year anniversary. The 992 has been released in the form of the Carrera S which is one of the more basic 911 models.
As with Porsche tradition, not much has changed since the previous 991 generation in terms of looks but it’s underneath where things have developed. The redesigned body sits on the same 96.5-inch wheelbase that featured on the 991. You may notice the slightly squared off front, this is meant to hark back to the early 70s 911s.
The new body is made of aluminium, meaning it is much lighter than the 991. Another thing to notice on the exterior are the wider fenders, especially seen on the rear which all 911s regardless of the spec seem to have. With wider fenders, come the opportunity for larger wheels. The base Carrera models will come as standard with 19 inch wheels while the Carrera S models will get 20s and 21s.
A very neat design change is the door handles now sit flush with the bodywork and the rear 911 badge has an all new design.
Like the previous generation, Porsche have fitted the 992 with a rear mounted 3.0L twin turbo flat six. However, this time Porsche have improved the turbo and fuel injections resulting in 23 more horsepower than before, bringing the Carrera S up to 443 bhp and a 15 horsepower increase in the Carrera models giving them between 370 and 385 bhp depending on the spec.
Porsche have introduced a new 8 speed dual clutch transmission with the option to switch this for a manual gearbox. The new dual clutch transmission and the increased power enables the new 911 Carrera S to get from 0-60 mph in just 3.3 seconds. The Carrera S has a top speed of 191mph.
In terms of safety and added technology, the new 911 now has a wet driving mode which tunes the ABS system to improve traction in slippery conditions. Automatic emergency braking now comes as standard throughout the 911 range and now an option for a night vision camera for maneuvering in the dark.
The new 911 has also received the updated infotainment system from the Panamera meaning it now features two screens instead of the conventional individual gauges . Along with the new screen, Porsche have revamped the centre console and reduced the size of the gear selector, making it slimmer and more fitting within the car.
Prices for the Carrera S start at $113,200 and the Carrera 4s starts at $120,600. More models are lead to follow shortly including the Carrera GTS, Carrera T, Turbo (S), Targa, convertible and GT3. This is roughly an $8,000 increase from the previous generation.
These are expected to arrive next summer.