Porsche 911, 2020 Lincoln Aviator, 2019 Mazda 3

Thursday, 29 Nov, 2018

Porsche claims the new model can accelerate from zero to 60 miles per hour in 3.5 seconds in rear-wheel-drive S spec and 3.4 seconds if configured with the 4S's all-wheel drive.

It is unmistakably a 911 but looks a little more muscular from the front and significantly wider wheel housings arch over the 20-inch diameter front wheels and 21-inch diameter rear wheels.

Power is fed t the wheels by an all-new eight-speed dual-clutch PDK transmission. With the exception of the front and rear fasciae, the entire outer skin is now made of aluminum.

Powering the 911 Carrera S and 911 Carrera 4 is a is a turbocharged flat-six engine which now produces 450 PS (331 kW), a 30PS increase in power compared to the previous generation model.

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There are also now door handles that lie flush with the side of the vehicle until you need them, at which point they extend out; plus a movable rear spoiler and a seamless bar of brake lights that runs across the back.

The new 911 doesn't look much different than earlier editions of the vehicle. 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. 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 911 models from the 1970s provided the inspiration here. In addition to a central tachometer, the driver looks at two frameless displays, while beneath the large central screen are five buttons for quick access to the most important functions. The PCM can be operated quickly and intuitively thanks to the new architecture. In a departure from tradition, Porsche will not offer two body structures in differing widths and instead, the new 911 will come with one standard body with rear wings that are said to be slightly broader than those on the older, wide-body 911. The vehicle equipment necessary to use Porsche Connect is only available factory-installed, and can not be retrofitted. Some functions may require separate subscriptions, or data charges may apply. With that in mind, the new 911 now has a standard wet mode that uses sensors to detect a wet road surface and better manages the stability control and antilock brakes.

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 Adaptive Cruise Control option includes automatic distance control, stop-and-go functionality, and an innovative Emergency Assist function.

According to Porsche South Africa, the new 911 is likely to reach local shores around the middle of 2019, with indicative pricing to be announced shortly. The 911 Carrera S and 911 Carrera 4S are powered by a heavily revised version of the last gen cars' 3.0 litre turbocharged flat six.