Porsche reveals eighth-generation 911

Judy Cobb
November 29, 2018

The all-new Porsche 911 remains painstakingly faithful to its design heritage while modernising in all the right places, particularly inside where it gets a digital makeover of note. With an exterior that unmistakably reflects the Porsche design DNA, a more muscular look, and a completely new interior layout, the new 911 is both timeless and modern. Of course, with another new 911 comes more debate about whether it will live up to the model's outstanding heritage. Bigger wheel housings fit around 20-inch front wheels and 21-inch rear wheels.

To help keep that power in check and offer improved performance to match, the 911 Carrera S is now 1.77 inches wider up front. Move to the rear and you can see a wider tail section that houses new LED tail lamps that are now connected in the middle by a full-width LED light band and look sleeker than the current generation models.

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. The rear is dominated by the significantly wider, variable-position rear spoiler and the seamless, elegant light bar which is now a feature on both two- and four-wheel drive variants. All but the front and rear fascia are now aluminum.

Although the 992-generation 911 may be somewhat hard for laypeople to differentiate visually from its most recent predecessor, the flush door handles are a dead giveaway.

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Inside the vehicle, the design has been refined and rethought and the fascia design with recessed instruments is inspired by 1970s models. A larger 10.9-inch touch screen now sits in the centre of the dash for controlling numerous car's features. There have been stylistic hiccups along the way (at least as far as the so-called purists are concerned), but the 911 has never wavered from its basic shape, nor its basic premise as a two-door, four-seat sports auto with a rear-mounted engine.

As before, the new 911 Carrera S relies on a turbocharged, flat-six motor mounted out back. A new 8-speed dual-clutch transmission handles shifts, while Porsche promises the seven-speed manual transmission will return in the 992 at a later date.

But How Fast Is It?As for speed, the new rear-wheel-drive 911 Carrera S Coupe can hit 60 miles per hour in 3.5 seconds. The sport chrono package, now a $2,380 option, will shave an extra 0.2 seconds from the time. The top track speeds are now 191 miles per hour (911 Carrera S) and 190 miles per hour for the all-wheel-drive version. That's standard along with a warning and brake assist system and Porsche's PCM, which includes online navigation based on swarm data.

Thanks to the adoption of a new 12V electrical architecture, the new 911 gets a range of new driving assistance systems including a so-called wet mode that detects water on the road and re-calibrates the Porsche Stability Management system; adaptive cruise control with automatic distance control; night vision assist with a thermal-imaging camera; and a brake assist system that detects impending collision and initiates emergency braking when required.

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