Published: Thu, November 29, 2018
Electronics | By Shannon Stone

Porsche reveals eighth-generation 911

Porsche reveals eighth-generation 911

But this is all mostly invisible to human eyes; what about the exterior design? 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.

It's finally here. The 992-generation Porsche 911 was unveiled overnight and we have all the juicy details.

In addition, the next generation of its turbocharged 3,0-litre flat-six engines have been "further developed" to produce more oomph in the S models.

The rear-wheel-drive S can accelerate from 0-62mph in 3.7 seconds; the all-wheel-drive of the 4S cuts that time by 0.1sec. Add the optional Sport Chrono Package to the mix and you can shave off another 0.2 seconds on the clock for both the new 911s. The top track speeds are now 191 miles per hour (911 Carrera S) and 190 miles per hour for the all-wheel-drive version. Prominent features include the vertical centre brake light as well as a blacked-out bumper section with large oval tailpipes. Across the board, Porsche is staggering the wheel sizes fore and aft - that means you'll find 20-inch wheels in the front and 21-inch wheels out back.

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. Porsche says it's created to evoke memories of the first 911 generations. 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. Electric door handles now sit flush and pop out to greet you.

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On the inside of the auto, while still evocative of the five-dialed recessed dashboard of the 1970s, the 992 now has two digital screens set on either side of the still-central analogue tachymeter.

When it comes to design, Porsche hasn't fiddled around much apart from making the 992 generation visibly wider and larger than its predecessor. Drivers get their information from an instrument cluster that blends just one analog needle-for the central tachometer-with digital displays.

The eighth-generation model carries top billing at this week's LA motor show and features revised engines, an upgraded interior and greater efficiency - all wrapped up in a design that looks nearly exactly like the old one.

It has a new centre control screen that is larger than the previous 911 (10.9 inches, up from seven) and a streamlined dashboard and knob configuration that makes it seem slightly more modern than the previous iteration. Porsche Connect Plus is included as standard.

Night Vision Assist with a thermal imaging camera is optionally available for the 911 for the first time. First up is the new Wet mode, which is prompted to the driver thanks to sensors that detect water on the road; it then preconditions the stability control systems accordingly. The adaptive cruise control option includes automatic distance control, stop-and-go function, reversible occupant protection, and an innovative autonomous Emergency Assist function. Regardless, your 911 will still be available with a stick - a feature Porsche says is driven by the US market.

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