One of the world’s most iconic and recognizable of sports cars has now reached its eighth generation. Unmistakably Porsche but with ever so subtle changes both inside and out, the 2019 Porsche 911 made its debut at this year’s L.A. Auto Show. With new driving technology, passenger infotainment, and more powerful engines, the 2019 Porsche 911 is thoroughly equipped for the modern world, while still being timeless.
The exterior has gone through some tweaking, such as wider wheel housings for the 20-inch front and 21-inch rear wheels. The front is also 45 mm wider, and the door handles are flush, electronically popping out when unlocked and ready for entry. A bonnet with a pronounced recess is a throwback to the previous 911 generations. New LED headlights and the seamless rear elegant light bar present a new lighting signature. The rear wing is now significantly wider, and is still adaptive.
The interior is completely new, featuring clear and straight lines on the dashboard with recessed instruments. Near the rev counter, there’s two frameless freeform displays that supply information to the driver. Infotainment is now handled by a 10.9 inch touchscreen which features faster operation and touch performance. Located underneath this there is a compact switch unit with five buttons for direct access to important vehicle functions.
Porsche has further developed its 3.8L flat-six turbocharged engines and have been able to squeeze out more power. 443 hp is the new standard figure, about 30 hp more compared to the previous model, and drive efficiency has been improved thanks to a tweaked injection process and new layout for the turbochargers and air cooling system. The engine is mated to a new eight-speed dual clutch transmission and features new driving assistance systems such as Porsche Wet mode, Night Vision Assist with thermal imaging camera, adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go function, and an emergency assistance function.
This engine helps the 911 Carrera S and 911 Carrera 4S to reach 100 km/h in just 3.7 seconds for the former, and 3.6 seconds for the latter. This makes both cars 0.4 seconds faster than the previous model, with the advantage increased by a further 0.2 seconds with the optional Sport Chrono Package. Top speeds are now at 308 km/h for the rear-wheel drive version, and 306 km/h for all-wheel drive.
Initial pricing shows the 911 Carrera S costing 120,125 Euros (P7,170,000) and the 911 Carrera 4S at 127,979 Euros (P7,638,000). Country specific taxes and a wide variety of standard and optional equipment will affect these prices, but we’re pretty sure that this new model will reach the Philippines very soon next year in one way or another.
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