(MENAFN - Gulf Times) Entering the eighth generation, the new Porsche 911 celebrated its world premiere on the eve of this year's LA Auto Show in the US, with the reveal of the 911 Carrera S and 4S Coupé models.
'The brand's icon continues to set the standard when it comes to exclusive sportiness. Unmistakably committed to the Porsche design DNA with a more muscular look and an interior featuring a 10.9-inch touchscreen monitor, the new 911 is timeless and modern. Intelligent control and chassis elements as well as innovative assistance systems enhance the masterfully uncompromising dynamism that the classic rear-engine sports car is famed for, according to a statement issued in Doha by Porsche Centre Doha Al Boraq
The next generation of flat-six turbocharged engines has been further developed and is more powerful than ever before, resulting in a performance of 450hp (331kW) in the 911 Carrera S and 4S, the statement notes. An improved injection process and a new layout for the turbochargers and charge air-cooling system enhance drive
efficiency even further.
The power is delivered by a newly developed eight-speed Porsche Doppelkupplung (dual-clutch transmission). Additional highlights include new assistance systems, such as the Porsche Wet mode to make driving even safer, Night Vision Assist with thermal imaging camera, as well as comprehensive connectivity now also using swarm intelligence.
The turbocharged flat-six engine of the 911 Carrera S and 911 Carrera 4S now produces 450hp (331kW). This corresponds to an increase of 30hp (22kW) compared with the previous generation. Both 911 models beat the four-second mark for acceleration from zero to 100km/h: the rear-wheel-drive 911 Carrera S needs 3.7 seconds and the 911 Carrera 4S, with all-wheel drive, just 3.6 seconds. This makes both cars 0.4 seconds faster than their predecessors.
The optional Sport Chrono Package reduces the sprint by a further 0.2 seconds. The top speed has been measured at 308km/h for the 911 Carrera S and 306km/h for the all-wheel-drive version. The fuel consumption (NEDC-correlated) of the 911 Carrera S is 8.9 l/100km, while the 911 Carrera 4S records this
figure as 9.0 l/100km.
The exterior design is completely new and emphasises the leap in performance for the 911 internally coded as 992. Significantly wider wheel housings arch over the 20-inch front wheels and 21-inch rear wheels. The rear end is now the same width across all models, highlighting the slimline centre section. At the front, the body is 45mm wider. At the rear, all models feature a rear significantly wider, variable-position rear spoiler and the seamless, elegant light strip.
The completely new interior is characterised by the clear and straight lines of the dashboard with recessed instruments, inspired by the 911 models from the 1970s. The centre screen of the Porsche Communication Management (PCM) is now 10.9 inches, and can be operated easily and without distraction thanks to the new interior design. Located underneath this is a compact switch unit with five buttons for direct access to important vehicle functions. The standard PCM features include navigation as well as Porsche Connect Plus.
In a world first, Porsche has developed the Wet mode, included as standard. This function detects water on the road, preconditions the control systems accordingly and warns the driver, who can then set up the vehicle for enhanced safety, by pushing a button or using the mode switch on the steering wheel (Sport Chrono Package). The warning and brake assist system, also fitted as standard, detects the risk of collisions with moving objects and initiates emergency braking if necessary. Night Vision Assist with a thermal imaging camera is optionally available for the 911 for the first time. The adaptive cruise control option includes automatic distance control, stop-and-go function, reversible occupant protection and an innovative autonomous Emergency
The 911 Carrera S and 4S models are available for order now and first deliveries are expected mid next year. For country-specific model information, pricing and market arrival date, one can contact the local Porsche Centre.