Porsche 911 Unveiled: 992 Generation Displays Refinement in Digital Form

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The Porsche 911, evergreen as it is, is due for a makeover, and after a series of increasingly more revealing spyshots and leaked photos, we've now got the new 992 version in all its glory.

Though completely redesigned and sporting a wider stance, it still looks unmistakably 911, but the design has been sharpened up, particularly at the back where we see new 3D taillights joined by a central strip in the modern Porsche fashion. For now, only the Carrera S and 4S models have been detailed so far, and both get a revised turbocharged flat-six of unspecified capacity (3.0 litres in the current facelifted 991) making 450 PS. Mated to a new eight-speed dual-clutch automated gearbox, the Carrera S produces 331kW, 22kW more than before, and enough for a 3.7 second 0-100km/h sprint in the case of the rear-wheel-drive model, while the all-wheel-driven Carrera 4S is said to take 3.6. With the PDK, a Carrera S Coupe hits 60 miles per hour in just 3.5 seconds. The Carrera S has a top speed of 191 miles per hour and accelerates from zero to 60 miles per hour (96.5 kph) in 3.5 seconds. Claimed fuel efficiency figures are also more or less unchanged. With the exception of the front and rear fasciae, the entire outer skin is now made of aluminum. On the eve of the Los Angeles Auto Show, the new 911 celebrated its world premiere at the Porsche Experience Center Los Angeles.

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Classic elements like the comparatively upright windscreen and shape of the glasshouse are unchanged. The door handles are now electric units, and the taillights are much slimmer and feature a full-width LED bar.

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"It's very handy with quick changes of direction and braking on the twisty sections we test on and the new systems such as the Wet Mode is simply mind-blowing in the way it helps the driver in tricky conditions". In terms of digitalization, the 911 is more connected than ever before thanks to new functions and services. The dashboard features a more angular design and comes with a new multi-function steering wheel equipped with the sports response rotary dial, allowing the driver to alter the car's drive modes. Meanwhile, inside there's a 10.9in touchscreen infotainment system, and the large analogue rev counter that remains the focal point of the instrument panel is now flanked by two customisable digital readouts. Below this, a bank of five toggle switches has been provided to access important function. Night Vision Assist - which uses a thermal imaging camera - is an option, as is adaptive cruise control.

The new 911 is available to order from today, with prices kicking off from £93,110 on-road for the Carrera S model.

At the heart of every 911 is a rear-mounted flat-six engine. Regardless, your 911 will still be available with a stick - a feature Porsche says is driven by the USA market.

There is no word on when the new 911 range will come to India, where the older, 991 models are on sale and priced between Rs 1.42-3.88 crore (depending on whether it is the standard Carrera or the range-topping 911 GT2 RS).

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