The eighth generation Porsche 911 made its world premiere at the Los Angeles Auto Show
Porsche turned into a showstopper once again as they revealed the 911 Carrera and 4S Coupe models in the US recently. They’re taking the brand’s iconic design forward with a more muscular look, a heightened driving experience, new technology and innovative features while keeping to tradition by offering these as your quintessential rear-engined sports cars.
The new 911 sports a completely new exterior design and now gets a wider stance than its predecessor. The wider wheel housings can accommodate 20-inch front wheels and 21-inch rear wheels and the vehicle also gets electrical pop-out handles that otherwise sit smooth with the door to give the car a sleeker appeal. The latest model also benefits from a variable position rear spoiler and a rather elegant looking light strip.
Its cabin carries that sporty appeal forward, yet manages to exude that luxury look too. Created with clear straight lines to offer an uncluttered look, its cabin draws inspiration from the Porsche cars of the ’70s. There is a central rev counter, frameless displays for the driver, a new centre screen and buttons to access important vehicle functions. In terms of digitalisation, the 911 takes the next step into the future with permanent connectivity offered on board.
The new model comes fitted with a next-generation flat-six turbocharged petrol engine that is touted to be more powerful than its predecessor by 30 bhp. The new engine delivers 450 bhp and can go from 0-100 kmph in just 3.7 seconds, while the Carrera 4S with all-wheel drive can do the dash in 3.6 seconds. The sports car gets an 8-speed Porsche dual clutch transmission that has been developed to offer faster and smoother shifts. The new Porsche 911 Carrera is capable of hitting a top speed of 308 kmph.
It also gets a feature called Wet Mode as standard. It detects whether the car is running on a wet surface and is able to precondition the systems accordingly to warn the driver who can then simply push a button on the steering wheel in order to set up the vehicle for enhanced safety. The car also gets a Night Vision Assist with thermal imaging, adaptive cruise control and emergency assist. It is the ultimate package and is expected to go on sale in India in the second half of 2019.
Prices are expected to be in the `1.5 crore to `2.5 crore depending on the variant chosen.