Porsche 911: Here's everything you want to know about the 992

Yolanda Curtis
November 29, 2018

The eighth generation of the iconic sports auto, the new 911 gets refreshed styling, a whole new interior, and more power, though purists will be pleased to hear that some of the mainstays have stayed the same.

Carrera S models start from 330kW.

Priced from £207,506, the first new 911 GT2 since 2010 is also the fourth to enter production since the model name's introduction to the Porsche line-up in 1995.


Powered by a 3.0-litre turbocharged flat-six engine that churns out 450PS of power, both the Carrera S and 4S have received a decent bump in power over their predecessors. The motors can be mated to either a standard 7-speed manual or a new 8-speed dual-clutch automatic. Add the optional Sports Chrono pack and the 0-60 drops by a further 0.2 seconds. The new 911 Carrera S tops out at 308 km/h, while the 4S runs out of puff at 306 km/h. The rear hips around the 21-inch wheels have grown by 45mm in width and are now shaped equally on all models. Between the new LED headlights, the front luggage compartment lid with pronounced contours evokes the design of the first 911 generations. Flush integration of the electric door handles that extend outward when needed emphasizes the tapered and smooth side contour. The car's all aluminum bodywork is wider than before, with the front growing by 1.77 inches. Meanwhile the rear gets a wider, variable-position rear spoiler, together with a car-spanning light bar. Apart from the front and rear fascias, the body panels are now entirely made from aluminium.

The interior has been completely revamped and now gets the sharper design from the new Cayenne and Panamera. Drivers get their information from an instrument cluster that blends just one analog needle-for the central tachometer-with digital displays. What you don't see in the photos is the significantly advanced connectivity of the new infotainment system - navigation, for example, will be based on "swarm data" in the future, in what is another step towards autonomous driving.

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.


There also a few new assistance systems which include "Wet" mode which detects water on the road and warns the driver, who can then set up the vehicle for a particular emphasis on safety, by simply pushing a button or using the mode switch on the steering wheel.

The easiest way to tell the difference between the new model and the older ones is by the single, thin light bar that stretches right across the rear. Other systems available include a camera-based warning and brake assist system fitted as standard, as well as Night Vision Assist, which uses a thermal imaging camera, and an adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go functionality.

According to Porsche South Africa, the new 911 is likely to reach local shores around the middle of 2019, with indicative pricing to be announced shortly.


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