Porsche shows off new edition of mainstay 911 sports vehicle

Isaac Cain
November 29, 2018

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.

The Porsche 911 is one of the most important models in automotive history, and so one doesn't make changes lightly.

Both 911 models beat the four-second mark for acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h: the rear-wheel-drive Coupé needs 3.7 seconds and the 911 Carrera 4S with all-wheel drive just 3.6 seconds. Apart from the front and rear fascias, the body panels are now entirely made from aluminium. The rear of the Carrera S is now as wide as the Carrera 4, 4S and GTS models. This advantage is increased by a further 0.2 seconds with the optional Sport Chrono Package, to 3.3 seconds for the Carrera S and 3.2 seconds for the Carrera 4S.

Despite the ever-increasing emission regulation pressure, the GT3 will maintain its naturally aspirated flat-six, which means owners will get to enjoy assets such as the linear power delivery, the instant throttle response and, of course, the majestic high-rpm soundtrack.

The PCM itself has been revamped and features a new online navigation system with crowd-sourced data - the company calls this swarm data - as well as Porsche Connect Plus smartphone connectivity.

Classic elements like the comparatively upright windscreen and shape of the glasshouse are unchanged. There's also a newly developed spoiler that deploys upwards and revised OLED tail-lights that, in a move mirroring other recent new Porsche models', are now connected in the middle by a full-width LED light band. 20-inch wheels are available up front, while rear wheels increase to 21 inches.

The eighth-generation model carries top billing at this week's LA motor show and features revised engines, an upgraded interior and greater efficiency - all wrapped up in a design that looks nearly exactly like the old one.

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Safety features are the big talking point with cars today - even sports cars like the next-gen Porsche 911.

A new "Wet Mode" that automatically detects low grip conditions, interestingly by using water sensors inside the fenders that detect the flow of the stuff off the front tires.

The instrument cluster carries an analogue rev counter but in keeping with the traditional five pod layout gets, the dial gets two screens on either side.

The Zuffenhausen-based brand has also added various chassis updates and assistance systems under the skin. The new centre console houses a newly designed gearlever, electronic handbrake switch and a combination of touch-based and toggle-style switchgear for ancillary functions.

Carrera S models start from 330kW. There are also standard warning and brake assist systems with autonomous emergency braking, plus Night Vision Assist and adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go.

The turbocharged flat-six engine of the 911 Carrera S and 911 Carrera 4S now produces 443 horsepower. Regardless, your 911 will still be available with a stick - a feature Porsche says is driven by the US market. Expect it to be priced above Rs 1.5 crore when it arrives here.

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