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The new Porsche 911 unveiled at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show. The 2019 model is the eighth-generation version of the 911 range and comes with a number of updates, yet maintaining the familiar design language.
The new Porsche 992 911 is said to have been extensively re-engineered and features a new platform structure. The new platform makes extensive use of aluminium at the rear section, allowing for improved weight distribution.
Both the Porsche 911 Carrera S (rear-wheel-drive) and the Carrera 4S (all-wheel-drive) now come with a revised chassis, offering rear-wheel steering on both models for the first time. This new feature, claims to offer better high-speed stability.
In terms of design, the new Porsche 911 carries forward a familiar silhouette. However, it does feature a number of noticeable updates and revisions to the design. These updates include a more muscular appearance and a new larger rear wing. The new 911 is now broader than the older-generation wide-body model.
Porsche claims that the new 911 is 45mm wider and has a longer wheelbase than its predecessor. The increased dimensions translate to a more spacious cabin as well as improved packaging of the powertrain unit.
At the front, the new Porsche 911 comes with a prominent front splitter, longer bonnet, new matrix LED headlamp units and a trio of larger air dams. The larger air dams also come with three horizontal louvres to channel the air better towards the front radiators.
The updated design continues on the sides with larger and slightly updated frameless doors, the ORVMs are now mounted on the doors, along with new door handles which sit within the body for improved aerodynamics at high speeds.
At the rear, the new Porsche 911 comes with completely restyled bumpers, large black cover housing the air ducts for the engine bay and a set of oval tailpipes. The eighth-generation Porsche 992 911 sits on 20 and 21-inch wheels at the front and rear, respectively.
The new Porsche also comes with a newly developed spoiler, revised OLED tail lights that are connected in the middle, similar to some of the newer models from the German brand.
Moving to the interiors, the new Porsche 911 features a new dashboard design, more angular than the previous model. The new 911 also comes with a new multi-function steering wheel with a rotary dial, allowing drivers to control the drive modes.
Other changes on the new 911 include a newly designed gear lever, electronic handbrake switch, touch-based switchgear for ancillary functions and an analogue rev counter in the otherwise digital instrument cluster.
New features on the 2019 Porsche 911: adaptive cruise control with automatic distance control, a thermal-imaging camera, brake assist system, emergency braking, stability management system and a host of other diver assistance functions.
In terms of mechanics, the new Porsche 911 comes with a slightly tweaked 3.0-litre turbocharged flat six-cylinder engine with a new fuel-injection system. The engine now churns out 450bhp (30bhp more than the predecessor) and is mated to either a seven-speed manual or a new eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.
Porsche claims a 0 - 100km/h timing of just 3 seconds for the Carrera S and 3.6 seconds for the Carrera 4S, with a top speed of 307km/h and 305km/h, respectively.
Both cars also come with an optional Sport Chrono package which offers additional features such as launch control, a revised gearbox software for faster shifts and a reduced 0 - 100km/h time by 0.2 seconds.
Porsche is also expected to introduce more models, as part of the 2019 911 range. This will include the more powerful GTS and Turbo models. The German brand is also said to be working on plug-in hybrid versions of the new 911 and is expected to be unveiled only by 2022.
Thoughts On The New Porsche 911
Porsche currently sells the older generation 991 models in India. There is no news of the brand bringing the new 992 911 models to the country, anytime soon. Once the new Porsche 911 is introduced in the market, it will take on the likes of the Mercedes-AMG GT and the Audi R8.