This week at a series of private events at a corporate "experience center" outside Los Angeles, Porsche debuted the eighth-generation installment of its 54-year-old sportscar, the 2020 Porsche 911. But where rear-wheel-drive Carrera models have traditionally been narrower across the rear haunches than the four-wheel-drive Carrera 4s, all 911s now get the wider, more muscular look.
It's finally here. The 992-generation Porsche 911 was unveiled overnight and we have all the juicy details.
Power is up, of course, by 23 hp to 443 hp, thanks to a new fuel-injection process for the flat-six, 3.0-litre engine and a new layout for the turbos, as well as an improved layout for the charge air system. Both are mated to a new eight-speed PDK automatic.
The rear-wheel-drive S can accelerate from 0-62mph in 3.7 seconds; the all-wheel-drive of the 4S cuts that time by 0.1sec.
Top speed for the Carrera S is 191mph, and it's 190mph for the 4S.
Further, a novel "Wet Mode" will be included as standard equipment on all new 911s. Still, the automaker says the wheel housings are "significantly wider" (covering 20-inch front and 21-inch rear alloys), while the rear end is now the same width across all models. This sense of width is carried over to the rear with the larger rear spoiler, the new engine cover and the full-length LED light bar.
Porsche has arguably zagged from the 911's gradual evolutionary line only once, when it introduced a water-cooled engine and the famous "cracked egg" headlights with the 1997 996.
There are also now door handles that lie flush with the side of the vehicle until you need them, at which point they extend out; plus a movable rear spoiler and a seamless bar of brake lights that runs across the back. With the exception of the front and rear fasciae, the entire outer skin is now made of aluminum. Completely reworked, it recesses the instruments into a far cleaner dashboard.
One new software integration is the 'Porsche Road Trip software which helps to plan and organise routes to drive on. The centre infotainment screen has grown to a widescreen ten-inch unit, while a new row of switches sits underneath, providing access to common functions. The standard PCM system features Porsche Connect Plus including online traffic information based on swarm data.
While Porsche hasn't yet confirmed details of the hybrids, we understand that the batteries will be positioned up front, counterbalancing the 911's rear-mounted engine and giving the auto nearly ideal 50/50 weight distribution for the first time in its long history.
Other impressive pieces of safety tech include optional Night Vision Assist, which utilizes a thermal camera, Adaptive Cruise Control, and an Emergency Assist Function. Will you be able to tell the difference in speed between the older and newer versions?
According to Porsche South Africa, the new 911 is likely to reach local shores around the middle of 2019, with indicative pricing to be announced shortly.