The new Porsche 911 - here's all the details
In the past 54 years, this moment has happened merely 8 times. Beyond all the leaks, photos, and information that has come our way prior to this instant, the unveiling of a new Porsche 911 is one of the automotive world’s largest celebrations. And now, it’s happened again.
We’ve known for a while that the new 911 isn’t conforming to the trend of hybridisation due to how the additional weight and complexity of electric motors would directly disturb the spirit a 911 should have. In a couple of years however, Porsche will release a plug-in hybrid 911 alongside the rest of the range. Planning ahead for this, the 8-speed PDK gearbox has a space inside its casing where an electric motor will eventually sit.
A 7-speed manual gearbox will arrive for the car next year - but for the time being, the 992 generation is only available with PDK. Given the grand-touring nature of the car however, even the most ardent of purists would be forgiven for thinking this gearbox suits the character of the car better than the manual. Speaking of which...
The new interior, to my eyes, is gorgeous! Far better than previous 911s, and clearly a stunning place to spend a lot of time. All new seats look plush and comfy. A new rev counter features, including a rather minimalist looking gear selector. Factor in the new elegant dashboard layout, and you get the impression that the 992 will make the 991’s interior look outdated rather quickly.
At the moment, Porsche is only releasing the Carrera S and 4S for customers to pre-order. Using a development of the 991.2’s 3L Twin-Turbo Flat-6, the S produces 444bhp - the same as the outgoing GTS model, and 30 horsepower more than the preceding S. With that pattern, we can expect the imminent entry level Carrera to produce 414bhp, and the GTS to pack 475bhp in its rear.
With all that power, the Carrera S is capable of impressive acceleration. With 0-60mph happening in just 3.6 seconds in the rear-wheel drive car, and 3.5 in the C4S. Top speed for the S sits at 191mph, while the heavier C4S manages 190mph. If you ask me, that’s plenty fast enough.
Porsche were keen to use aluminium more generously with the 992, completely redesigning the chassis from the ground up to be lighter at the rear end, improving weight distribution. Beyond the mechanical engineering however, Porsche has really tried to bring the 911 into the new era from a technological perspective.
Sensors in the wheel arches detect if it’s raining, how heavily, and they then adjust the stability systems accordingly. While this may initially appear to take command away from the driver, Porsche emphasise that the system can be turned off, and the car can still bite if you want it to. There’s now a night vision mode to aid visibility when driving in the dark, making this the most user-friendly 911 ever made. But perhaps the focus on technology is more prevalent when you look at the new Porsche app.
The digital experience is delivered in 3 stages - Porsche Road Trip, Porsche 360+, and Porsche Impact. The first of these helps people plan and organise adventures in their Porsche, while also showing hotel and restaurant recommendations on route; the second is a personal assistant designed to help you while you’re away from your Porsche; and the third is to inform you of how much damage you’re doing to mother earth by calculating your emissions, and then asking if you’d like to donate to various charities to help offset your carbon footprint. The more it asks you to donate, the more fun you’re having!
The Carrera S will cost UK buyers £93,110, with the 4-wheel driver version costing over £5,000 more. If you order one, you can expect to take delivery next March. More than simply a new 911, the 992 is dedicated to breaking the 911 into a new era of performance. One that results in it maintaining the point of optimum innovation throughout its life. Where the 911 goes from here is for the future to decide.
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