The new Porsche 911 is stronger, faster - and fully connected

The new Porsche 911 is stronger, faster - and fully connected

Porsche has unveiled the latest incarnation of its most famous model - the all-new Porsche 911.

The all-new car's internal designation is the 992 series (logically, it replaces the 991 variant, but as ever with the different generations of 911 it's confusing as the 991 replaced the 997.).

In addition, the next generation of its turbocharged 3,0-litre flat-six engines have been "further developed" to produce more oomph in the S models. That now musters 443 horsepower - up 23hp over the old vehicle - paired with an 8-speed PDK dual clutch transmission as standard. Porsche says this has cut 0.4 seconds off the 0-100km/h sprint with the rear-wheel drive Carrera S managing the feat in 3.7 seconds and the all-wheel drive 4S in 3.6 seconds. Cars with the optional Sport Chrono package are even quicker, with 0-to-60 times dropping to 3.3 seconds in the Carrera S and 3.2 seconds in the Carrera 4S. The base Carreras and the inevitable cavalcade of cabriolets, Targas, Turbos, and RS cars will begin soon, but the 992 is being launched first in Carrera S and 4S trim, where output has been raised to 443 horsepower. Still, the automaker says the wheel housings are "significantly wider" (covering 20-inch front and 21-inch rear alloys), while the rear end is now the same width across all models. There are new LED matrix headlights at the front, complete with four-point daytime running lights, while the lines of the "frunk" are straighter, evoking models of old. Porsche says it's created to evoke memories of the first 911 generations. The front is now 1.77-inches wider, while the back has increased to the same 72.91-inches of the old Carrera 4 and GTS versions. The new door handles now sit flush with the body when the door is closed for added aerodynamic efficiency. While the nose is quite similar to what we've seen on the 991, bigger changes are found at the rear, with clean, seamless rear lights running the entire width of the rear of the vehicle.

The Porsche 911 is one of the most important models in automotive history, and so one doesn't make changes lightly. However, this week was the first official confirmation from Porsche of the 911's details, such as an outer skin entirely made from aluminum, as well as the first chance to see properly inside.

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Inside, you'll find two frameless freeform displays.

The interior marks a far greater departure from the outgoing 911. Other tech supplements the driving experience, including a standard "Wet Mode" which uses sensors in the wheel wells to detect water on the road and then alert the driver and adjust the stability control and ABS parameters.

While Porsche hasn't yet confirmed details of the hybrids, we understand that the batteries will be positioned up front, counterbalancing the 911's rear-mounted engine and giving the auto nearly ideal 50/50 weight distribution for the first time in its long history. The models can be ordered now and are expected to reach US dealers in Summer 2019.

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