Porsche 911 official: More power, new style, and cleaner cabin

PorscheThe new 2020 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S

PorscheThe new 2020 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S

The eighth generation of Porsche's evergreen 911 sports coupé has been revealed in Los Angeles, 55 years after the first auto to wear the famous designation was introduced.

For example, the new Carrera S (the first model to go on sale), produces an extra 30bhp, taking it up to 444bhp and cutting the 0-62mph time from 4.1sec to 3.7sec in the rear-wheel-drive PDK vehicle, and from 4.3sec to 3.6sec in four-wheel-drive guise. This corresponds to an increase of 23 horsepower compared with the previous model. Prominent features include the vertical centre brake light as well as a blacked-out bumper section with large oval tailpipes. Both have a new eight-speed dual-clutch PDK gearbox. A manual will be offered sometime later for those who still prefer to row their own.

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. Porsche claims 3.7s for the Carrera S and 3.6s for the Carrera 4S. The Carrera 4S drops that by a tenth. This makes both cars 0.4 seconds faster than the previous model in each case. Only the Carrera S and Carrera 4S trims have been revealed but you can count on Porsche eventually adding close to two dozen all up.

The turbocharged 3.0-litre units are traditionally mounted at the rear and now offer slightly more power than their predecessors. That said, it was never going to look like anything else. The front is now 1.77-inches wider, while the back has increased to the same 72.91-inches of the old Carrera 4 and GTS versions. There are staggered wheel sizes now, with 20-inch fronts and 21-inch rears. There are new LED matrix headlights at the front, complete with four-point daytime running lights, while the lines of the "frunk" are straighter, evoking models of old. All models (not just those with all-wheel drive) come with a full-width LED taillight.

Porsche 911 Carrera 4S 992
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The changes on the interior of the new 911 are more significant. A center stack filled with buttons is replaced by a slick, clickable panel like the one on the Panamera.

Exterior and Interior MinutiaeAs has always been the case with the Stuttgart-based brand, large amounts of time were spent refining small details, especially on the exterior of the auto. The dash is taller and houses a wider infotainment screen. The central tachometer gets two frameless, free-form displays. The navigation system is now an online swarm data-based system. Other tech supplements the driving experience, including a standard "Wet Mode" which uses sensors in the wheel wells to detect water on the road and then alert the driver and adjust the stability control and ABS parameters.

The new 911 is available to order from today, with prices kicking off from £93,110 on-road for the Carrera S model. Fuel consumption is rated at 8.9 litres per 100 km on the S and 9.0 litres per 100 km on the 4S.

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