The 8th generation Porsche 911 has been unveiled, and it is safe to say it is a religious work of art! A legendary icon that is still on trendsetting mode.
More masculine, powerful and faster; the new 911 can be easily referred to as the holy grail of its predecessors. Besides being made entirely from aluminum and bearing a completely new design, the new Porsche 911 slots a 45mm wider body upfront that is dominated by new LED headlights, redesigned bonnet, electrical pop-out door handles and wider wheel arches that house 20inch wheels upfront and 21inch at the rear. The rear end is dominated by a significantly wider, variable-position rear spoiler and the elegant light bar amongst other features that include rear bumper integrated tailpipes.
The completely new interior features a new dashboard design with recessed instruments such as the central rev counter and two thin, frameless freeform displays that provide driving information. The centre console is dominated by a redesigned 10.9inch PCM screen with a compact switch unit with five buttons for direct access to important vehicle functions. New sports leather seats are also on the cards.
Highlighted safety and comfort features include a world’s first ‘Wet’ mode, a standard feature developed by Porsche which detects water on the road, preconditions the control systems accordingly and warns the driver. Also on the cards is a standard camera-based warning and brake assist system, and an optional Night Vision Assist with a thermal imaging camera available for the 911 for the first time. The adaptive cruise control option includes automatic distance control with stop-and-go function and reversible occupant protection.
Powering the new 911 range that comprises of the 911 Carrera S and Carrera 4S is a reworked 3.0litre turbocharged flat-six engine that delivers 331 kW (22kW gain from its predecessor) of power in both models. The rear wheel drive 911 Carrera S Coupe delivers the 0-100km/h sprint in 3.7sec whilst the all-wheel drive 911 Carrera 4S does it in 3.6sec. This makes both cars 0.4sec faster than the previous model in each case. Opt for the Sport Chrono Package and you get a 0.2sec head start over standard models. The top speeds are now 308km/h (911 Carrera S) and 306 km/h (911 Carrera 4S). The fuel consumption of the 911 Carrera S is claimed at 8.9 l/100 km, while the 911 Carrera 4 S records this figure as 9.0 l/100 km.
The new Porsche 911 range have been showcased at the LA Auto Show and is set for Mzansi shores with pricing as follows:
Porsche 911 Carrera S: R1 708 000
Porsche 911 Carrera 4S: R1 797 000