The eighth generation of the iconic Porsche 911 was presented at the Californian kermesse: an evolution of a winning project for 50 years.
The wait is over: the new Porsche 911 made its world premiere debut at the Los Angeles Show 2018, presenting itself with the umpteenth evolution of a design able to withstand the passage of time for over 50 years. The eighth generation, whose forms had been largely anticipated by spy photos and sightings in the testing phase, in fact, presents stylistic and mechanical innovations while not betraying the original setting. The “purists” can cheer: no electrification, at least for the moment, but a handful of extra horses for the 3.0 biturbo boxer that pushes the icon of sportiness made in Germany. Porsche has already announced the launch prices for the Italian market:123,999 euros for Carrera S and 132,051 euros for Carrera 4S.
New Porsche 911: how it is made
The proportions do not change, as in fact the front, in which we find a new bumper with slightly enlarged air intakes. Also new are the LED light clusters and the profile of the bonnet, which recalls the first 911. More renovated the rear, with new LED light clusters just above the redesigned bumper, which now incorporates two large tailpipes very close to the plate. The side features flush handles and contributes decisively to the more muscular look of the new Porsche 911, which boasts an enlarged 45 mm track at the front. The alloy wheels are 20 “in front and 21” in the rear.
The reference to the ancestors is also present in the interiors, proposed in a past-future mix given by the stylistic setting that recalls the 70s models, in contrast with the current 10.9 “touchscreen placed above the ventilation openings. New the instrument panel, which places next to the analog central tachometer, typically Porsche, two thin frameless screens that provide information to the driver.
The infotainment includes as standard the navigation system, in addition to the various services offered by the Porsche Connect Plus, as well as integrating for the first time the Night Vision system that uses the camera with thermal sensor. This is not new, but other ADASs have been updated, such as the Adaptive Cruise Control with stop & go function and the Emergency Assist.
The evolution also involved the 3.0 biturbo boxer engine, updated with a more efficient injection system and supercharging, so as to reach 450 hp compared to the 420 available on the 991. Horses that naturally lead to a performance in acceleration 0- 100 km / h: the 911 rear-wheel drive stops at 3.7 seconds and the 911 Carrera 4S with all-wheel drive even at 3.6 seconds. Performance that improves by a few tenths with the Sport Chrono package available as an option.
The maximum speeds are 308 km / h (911 Carrera S) and 306 km / h for the four-wheel drive version. Consumption calculated according to the NEDC cycle indicates 8.9 l / 100 km for rear-wheel drive and 9.0 l / 100 km for the four-wheel drive version. The most important technical innovation, however, is the introduction of the eight-speed Pdk automatic clutch transmission, which can be managed both by the paddle on the steering wheel and by the small lever in the central tunnel. The Wet driving mode makes its debut, which makes life easier for less experienced drivers struggling with the most difficult road conditions. The manual transmission is not currently available.