It’s been seven years since the 991 Porsche 911 hit the market, which means its time for a new 911.
Porsche has unveiled the eighth-generation (992) of its iconic sports car, and it’s a blend cutting-edge tech with a familiar design that’s both retro and futuristic.
The new 911 is instantly recognizable by an exterior design the retains the curvaceous proportions of its predecessor, but with more prominent rear hunches that give it a wider and sportier stance.
The middle section of the hood is lower than the outer edges, a homage to early 911s, while the new taillights are not only thinner than those on the 991 but are also connected by a single strip that spans the engine cover.
Beefier wheel arches house 20-inch front and 21-inch rear alloys for a nice but uncharacteristic staggered look.
Designers drew inspiration from 911s of the 1970s when crafting the thoroughly modern cockpit. An analog tachometer flanked by a pair of configurable screens make up the instrument cluster, while the infotainment system is displayed on a 10.9-inch color touchscreen on the dash.
With the 992-generation 911, Porsche introduced three smartphone applications that makes life on the road easier. The first app is called Porsche Road Trip and helps organize road trips by planning routes, recommending hotels and restaurants, and selecting viewpoints along the way.
Called Porsche 360+, the second app is a personal lifestyle assistant “intended to make everyday life easier and exclusive experiences possible.”
Finally, the Porsche Impact app tells you how much CO2 your 911 is emitting and, should you have the compulsion to clear your conscious, how to make donations (via the app) to climate projects around the world.
The long list of options — this is a 911, after all — includes Adaptive cruise control with a stop-and-go function and night vision. A new feature called the Porsche Wet Mode can detect water on the road, adjust various parameters like the ABS settings and the stability control system accordingly, and let the driver switch to a safer driving mode, all at the push of a button.
As for power, the new Porsche 911 launches with an improved version of the 991 911’s turbocharged six-cylinder engine. In the 911 Carrera S and Carrera 4S, the V6 generates 443 horsepower — 23 more horsepower than before — and be paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission or manual transmission.
The Carrera S hits 60 mph (96 km/h) from a standstill in 3.5 seconds, while the 4S completes the sprint in in 3.4 seconds.
Opt for the Sport Chrono package if you want even better performance. It drops the Carrera’s 0-60 mph time to a supercar-like 3.2 seconds.
The new Porsche 911 is a big leap forward for the iconic, evergreen German sports car. Prices in the United States start at $114,250 for the Carrera S and $121,650 for the Carrera 4S.
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