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Porsche steps into the next generation with new 911 in LA

Under the hood of the new eighth-generation 911, a turbocharged flat-six engine pumps out 331 kW (450 PS)
Under the hood of the new eighth-generation 911, a turbocharged flat-six engine pumps out 331 kW (450 PS)
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The new Porsche 911, from the rear
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The new Porsche 911, from the rear
Under the hood of the new 911, a turbocharged flat-six engine pumps out 331 kW (450 PS)
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Under the hood of the new 911, a turbocharged flat-six engine pumps out 331 kW (450 PS)
The LA Auto Show mightn’t officially get underway until tomorrow, but Christmas has come a little early for fans of Porsche’s iconic sports cars
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The LA Auto Show mightn’t officially get underway until tomorrow, but Christmas has come a little early for fans of Porsche’s iconic sports cars
Interior detail on the new 911
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Interior detail on the new 911
Porsche has unwrapped its powerful new 911 in LA
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Porsche has unwrapped its powerful new 911 in LA
Interior detail on the new Porsche 911
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Interior detail on the new Porsche 911
Under the hood of the new 911, a turbocharged flat-six engine pumps out 331 kW (450 PS)
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Under the hood of the new 911, a turbocharged flat-six engine pumps out 331 kW (450 PS)
A look at the redesigned interior of the new 911
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A look at the redesigned interior of the new 911
A look at the redesigned interior of the new 911
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A look at the redesigned interior of the new 911
Porsche has revealed the new 911 on the eve of the LA Auto Show
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Porsche has revealed the new 911 on the eve of the LA Auto Show
Porsche has revealed the new 911 on the eve of the LA Auto Show
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Porsche has revealed the new 911 on the eve of the LA Auto Show
Pricing for the 2020 911 Carrera S starts at US$113,200, while the 4S will be offered from $120,600
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Pricing for the 2020 911 Carrera S starts at US$113,200, while the 4S will be offered from $120,600
Rear detail on the new Porsche 911
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Rear detail on the new Porsche 911
LED headlight detail on the new 911
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LED headlight detail on the new 911
A look at the redesigned interior of the new 911
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A look at the redesigned interior of the new 911
The new Porsche 911 is more powerful than its predecessor
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The new Porsche 911 is more powerful than its predecessor
Under the hood of the new eighth-generation 911, a turbocharged flat-six engine pumps out 331 kW (450 PS)
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Under the hood of the new eighth-generation 911, a turbocharged flat-six engine pumps out 331 kW (450 PS)
The new Porsche 911
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The new Porsche 911
The new Porsche 911 is more powerful than its predecessor
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The new Porsche 911 is more powerful than its predecessor
Top speeds for the new 911 are listed as 308 km/h for the Carrera S and 306 km/h for the 4S
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Top speeds for the new 911 are listed as 308 km/h for the Carrera S and 306 km/h for the 4S
The new 911, to be known as type 992, features the familiar styling of the classic but with what Porsche describes as a more “muscular” look
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The new 911, to be known as type 992, features the familiar styling of the classic but with what Porsche describes as a more “muscular” look
Porsche has unwrapped its powerful new 911 in LA
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Porsche has unwrapped its powerful new 911 in LA
The LA Auto Show mightn’t officially get underway until tomorrow, but Christmas has come a little early for fans of Porsche’s iconic sports cars
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The LA Auto Show mightn’t officially get underway until tomorrow, but Christmas has come a little early for fans of Porsche’s iconic sports cars
A look at the redesigned interior of the new 911
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A look at the redesigned interior of the new 911

The LA Auto Show mightn't officially get underway until tomorrow, but Christmas has come a little early for fans of Porsche's classic sports cars. The German automaker has unwrapped its powerful new 911 on the eve of the event, offering folks a first real look at the eighth generation of one of the motoring world's most recognizable rear-engined icons.

The new 911, to be known as type 992, features all the familiar stylings of the famous model but with what Porsche describes as a more "muscular" look. In technical terms this means wider arches covering 20-inch wheels up front and 21-inch wheels down back, while the front end has been stretched out by 45 mm (1.77 in) to make for a slightly wider stance. Electrical pop-out flush doorhandles, meanwhile, make for a smoother finish along the sides.

Beneath the hood a turbocharged flat-six engine pumps out 331 kW (444 hp), powering the rear-wheel-drive Carrera S to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 3.7 seconds and the all-wheel-drive Carrera 4S in 3.6 seconds via a new eight-speed dual clutch transmission. The optional Sports Chrono package shaves a further 0.2 seconds of those times.

The new Porsche 911 is more powerful than its predecessor
The new Porsche 911 is more powerful than its predecessor

This marks a power increase of 22 kW (30 hp) compared to the previous model, which Porsche attributes to a new injection process and revamped configuration for the turbochargers and charge air cooling system. Top speeds are listed as 308 km/h (191 mph) for the Carrera S and 306 km/h (190 mph) for the 4S.

The redesigned interior brings plenty of modern touches for the digital era, spearheaded by a new 10.9-inch center touchscreen. This is a seven-inch upsize from the previous model and displays software like Porsche's Road Trip planning app with its curated routes, the Porsche 360+ lifestyle assistant, and the web-based emissions calculator. The instrument cluster, meanwhile, is apparently inspired by 911s from the 1970s era, with a central rev counter flanked by two smaller, freeform displays.

A look at the redesigned interior of the new 911
A look at the redesigned interior of the new 911

And in what Porsche bills as a world first, the new Carrera S and 4S will come with a driver assistance technology called "Wet Mode" as standard. This works by detecting a wet road surface, alerting the driver and making adjustments to the car's control systems to improve safety. Also coming standard is an emergency braking system, while Night Vision Assist with a thermal imaging camera comes as an optional extra.

Pricing for the 2020 911 Carrera S starts at US$113,200, while the 4S will be offered from $120,600. Both are available for order now, with the cars expected to arrive at US dealerships in the summer of 2019.

You can check out the new cars in the promo video below.

Source: Porsche 1, 2

The new Porsche 911: Highlight Video.

2 comments
EH
Exciting, but wish they'd give the full specs, for instance the weight.
guzmanchinky
Truly the best pure sports car in the world. They look a little egg like and repetitive to me, but I understand their brilliance.