Porsche has unveiled the eighth generation of its iconic 911 sports car. It is said to be one of the star attractions of the upcoming LA motor Show.
Codenamed the 992, the new 911 retains the much loved design silhouette but comes with a number of styling and mechanical updates. The front bumper features a more prominent splitter and larger cooling ducts. The front is 45 mm wider than the previous model and has wider wheel arches that house 20 inch alloy wheels at the front and 21 inchers at the rear. The rear end will be the same across all models of the 911. The rear features a slim light strip as part of tail lamp cluster that is seen on the new Cayenne and the Panamera. There are new electrical pop out door handles as well. The rear spoiler is also larger and wider than before. Except the front and rear, the entire body of the new 911 is constructed from aluminium.
There are significant changes to the interior. There is a new 10.9 inch screen for the Porsche Communication Management system. The instrument cluster gets a central tachometer. The new multi-function steering wheel gets a rotary dial to control the driving modes. The PCM infotainment system also gets navigation and Porsche Connect Plus.
The new 911 Carrera S and Carrera 4 S come with 3.0 litre flat six engines that produce 450 horsepower, that is 30 more horses than the older car. There is a new injection process along with a new layout for the turbos and charge air cooling system. The Carrera S goes from 0 to 100 kph in 3.7 seconds while the Carrera 4 S with all wheel drives does the sprint in 3.6 seconds. The option Sport Chrono package shaves off an additional 0.2 seconds. Porsche claims a top speed of 308 kph for the Carrera S and 306 kph for the Carrera 4 S.
The new 911 comes with a new Wet Mode as standard where the car detects water on the road, preconditions the control systems accordingly and warns the driver, who can then set up the car for enhanced safety. Other optional features include Night Vision Assist with thermal camera and adaptive cruise control that includes automatic distance control, stop-and-go function, reversible occupant protection and an innovative autonomous Emergency Assist function.