Porsche’s new 911 is faster, more refined and more connected that ever before without losing the appeal of the evergreen design. This latest version (known internally and to petrolheads the world over by its code 992) is faster, more efficient and better equipped than ever. It’s available from launch in all-wheel drive 4S as well as rear-drive Carrera form.
The Porsche 911 is a joyous paradox – constantly evolving performance and technology within a familiar, iconic silhouette. For many, the extra security and traction of all-wheel drive makes the 4S the pick of the range for year-round, all-seasons driving enjoyment.
‘Continuity is not stagnation’ was the defiant message of Porsche CEO Oliver Blume at the launch of the latest 911. The lines of the evergreen 911 don’t need reinventing, but in the latest version the rear-end treatment has been tidied and simplified, with vertical slats over the engine compartment, a full-width light strip and a neatly integrated rear bumper. The front end is 45mm wider than before with full-width air intakes, distinctive round LED matrix headlamps and four-point daytime running lights.
All versions will feature the same rear arches, so there won’t be a wider-track Turbo or GT2 to come later. Inside, the driver will find an analogue rev counter direct centre in his or her line of vision but the instrumentation either side is digital, with the option of Night Vision.
In the new 911 Carrera 4S, the 3.0-litre six develops 444bhp sending power to all four wheels via a PDK 8-speed transmission. Acceleration from 0-62mph takes 3.6 seconds, a tenth faster than the rear-drive Carrera S. Choose the optional Sport Chrono Package and Launch Control and the 4S will cut that time to just 3.4 seconds.
Porsche Traction Management (PTM) and Porsche Stability Management (PSM), ensures that the all-wheel drive system always sends the right amount of torque to each wheel for perfectly-balanced handling at the limit.
The new 911 now has the 10.9-inch infotainment screen familiar from the Panamera, Cayenne and Macan. Swarm data-based live mapping is always connected and will help you avoid the traffic jams that are a bane of modern driving life. All the controls you’ll need on the move are located within reach of the multifunction steering wheel, leaving just a few partially touch-sensitive buttons on the elevated centre console.
The familiar Porsche Communication Management (PCM) has been updated and provides a central control centre for audio, navigation and communication as well as for a variety of assistance systems. The Burmester® High-End Surround Sound System is another option for the audiophile.
The new 911 has a full panoply of safety aids, including adaptive cruise control and the option of infrared night vision cameras to help you spot stray animals or pedestrians on unlit roads at night. Other systems include the collision and brake assist system as well as a new WET mode, a system for recognising wet road surfaces vital seconds before you might.
Lighting is another area where clarity means safety: the LED main headlights with matrix beam include Porsche Dynamic Light System Plus (PDLS Plus) and Main Beam Assistant. Thanks to 84 individually controlled LEDs, the light cones are optimally configured for any driving situation yet without dazzling oncoming traffic.
|Dimensions||Porsche 911 Carrera 4S|
|Vehicle Length||4,519 mm|
|Vehicle Width||1,852 mm|
|Vehicle Height||1,300 mm|
|Unladen Weight (DIN)||1,640 kg|
|Engine / Cylinders||6|
|Max Torque||530 Nm @ 2,300 - 5,000 rpm|
|Max Power||450 PS @ 6,500 rpm|
|Top Speed||190 mph|
|Acceleration||3.4 Seconds 0-62 mph (With Sports Chrono Package)|
|Combined Cycle||31.4 mpg|
|Urban Cycle||25.4 mpg|