Here comes the Porsche 911 Type 992, the eighth generation of the German sportswoman.
55 years after the presentation of the original model, the Porsche 911 is renewed with an eighth generation, the 911 Type 992. The manufacturer of Stuttgart presents the last iteration of its iconic sport, in versions Carrera S and Carrera 4S, for the opening of the Los Angeles lounge 2018 . The evolution, sweet but significant, is part of the continuity of the strategy of Porsche in recent years. Design first, this 911 continues in the path of his elders. Retaining a distinctive design, it is therefore a little larger than its predecessor (Type 991), with more prominent shields.
The vents in the front bumper are completely black and emphasize the nose of the car. Round lights retain the four-point light signature. The front cover found a central part dug that had disappeared since the 996, even if it now leads to no visible air intake. The front fenders are wider than the previous model (+ 45mm total) and the rear fenders, as wide as those of the 991 Carrera 4S, are now the same on the variants with two or four wheel drive. At the stern, a light band travels the width of the hood by connecting the upper part of the optical blocks. The rear air intake keeps its vertical slats. Two of them welcome the third stop light. The mobile rear wing, invisible when inactive, has gained in width and also accommodates a lighting element. The lower part of the rear bumper, black, echoes that of the front and incorporates two imposing oval exhaust outlets. Note that the acronym “911” adopts an angular typography evoking the first generations of the model.
The cabin of the new 911 is purified and modernized compared to the previous generation. The emphasis has been on horizontality with a dashboard that is no longer cut off by the center console. At the top of the latter, integrated into the dashboard, throne a new touch screen 10.9 inches located above the aerators. Between the two are five switches. The number of buttons has been significantly reduced. The central tunnel, reminiscent of the Panamera or Cayenne, especially hosts the controls of the ventilation. Under the cap housing the combined instrumentation, Porsche has made a small revolution. There is a screen on each side of the tachometer, which remains analog. The monitors display digital counters with the appearance of five-dial historical instrumentation.
These screens indicate a new high-tech orientation for the GT 2 + 2, including the arrival of a GPS connected as standard, and services such as the Road Trip application for route suggestions, the Porsche 360 personal assistant + or the Impact app that measures CO2 emissions from car journeys and offers the owner to finance environmental projects to compensate. A thermal camera for night vision is available as an option, as well as an adaptive cruise control.
Under the hood, there is a six-cylinder flat 3L biturbo. Its performance has been improved through work including admission and injection. The block develops 450hp on the Carrera S and 4S, 30h more than before and as much as the 991 GTS. These models are the first to come on the market, exclusively equipped with a new eight-speed PDK dual-clutch gearbox which is controlled via paddles on the steering wheel or by a new small lever. As purists reassure themselves, a manual gearbox will be launched later.
If the 991 was based on a mix of steel and aluminum, the chassis and body of the 992 are entirely made of aluminum with the exception of shields. This does not prevent the coupe from taking about 50kg. the 0 to 100 km / h requires 0.4s less than before with 3.7s for the Carrera S and 3.4s for the Carrera 4S. The optional Sport Chrono pack still lets you graze 0.2s. The top speed remains unchanged at 308 km / h for the first and 306 km / h for the second. A driving mode “rain” made its appearance, playing on the controls of traction and stability.
The Porsche 911 Carrera S and 911 Carrera 4S Type 992 PDK are available to order in France today. Count 122.255 € minimum for the first and 130.175 € for the second. It’s a little over € 4,000 more than the ones they replace.
Porsche announces an average consumption of 8.9L / 100km for the Carrera S and 9L / 100km for the Carrera 4S, with respective CO2 emissions of 205g / km and 206g / km corresponding in both cases to an ecological penalty of 10.500 € .