The next generation Porsche 911 made its global debut at the LA Auto Show in November last year, and the legendary sports car is all set to make its way to India soon. Carandbike can exclusively tell you that the all-new Porsche 911 will be launched in India on April 11, 2019, taking a giant leap in both performance and tech advancement over its predecessor. Internally codenamed 992, the two-door offering retains that iconic silhouette that is distinctive to the 911 family, albeit with the heavily revised range of six-cylinder turbo petrol engines that boast of more power.
The eighth generation Porsche 911 gets an extensively re-engineered platform that uses generous amounts of aluminium in its construction in its rear section, for improved weight distribution. The improved chassis also brings rear-wheel steering to both Carrera and Carrera S models for the first time, with improved agility and high-speed stability. The sportscar is also significantly wider than its predecessor with the larger wheel housings arch with 20-inch front and 21-inch rear wheels. It is also the complete 911 family gets the same width rear end, highlighting the slimline centre section. Overall, the new 911 is 45 mm wider at the front, while the overall lines are more muscular than the older model. The rear wing is wider too on the new model.
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Inside, the cabin on the new generation Porsche 911 gets extensive updates with a dashboard that has been inspired by the 911 models of the 1970s. The multi-function steering wheel is new while the traditional dials have been replaced by digital displays with the rev counter in the centre. There is also a nee 10.9-inch touchscreen monitor within the centre console and comes with a host of connectivity functions including navigation featuring swarm-based data. Porsche Connect Plus too is now standard on the two-door model. Other updates include newly designed gear lever, electronic handbrake switch and a combination of touch-based and toggle type switches across the cabin. The 911 also gets electrical pop-out handles as a new feature.
Under the hood, the Porsche 911 Carrera S and the 911 Carrera 4S are powered by the extensively 3.0-litre flat-six, turbo petrol engine that makes an additional 30 horses. The total power output now stands at 444 bhp, while 0-100 kmph times have been dropped under 4 seconds. The new Porsche 911 Carrera S can hit 0-100 kmph in 3.7 seconds, while the 911 Carrera 4S does the same run in just 3.6 seconds. The latter comes with all-wheel drive as well. The optional Sport Chrono Package further reduces the sprint by 0.2 seconds. The top speed on the Carrera S is rated at 308 kmph, while that on the heavier Carrera 4S is 306 kmph. The eighth generation Porsche 911 will be competing against a number of sports cars in India including the Mercedes-AMG GT, Nissan GT-R, Audi R8, Lamborghini Huracan and the likes.