Porsche 911 S and 4S: The All-New 992-Generation Is Here


The 911 Carrera S Coupé with PDK costs from £93,110 and the 911 Carrera 4S Coupé with PDK from £98,418.

It's interesting that the new Porsche 911 incorporates not only technology from the future but also intelligent design cues from the past. Primary among them is the turbocharged flat-six engine that produces 443 horsepower, a 23 hp improvement over previous models.

Power is put to the ground through a new, eight-speed, dual-clutch PDK gearbox, but interestingly, Porsche promises that a proper manual transmission will be available - eventually.

Both 911 models can accelerate from zero to 62 miles per hour in under four seconds: the rear-wheel-drive Coupé can achieve this benchmark in 3.7 seconds and the 911 Carrera 4S with all-wheel drive 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 top speeds are now 308 km/h (911 Carrera S) and 306 km/h for the all-wheel-drive version. It features a significantly wider body, with 4cm of extra metal across the nose and rear wheel arches, which are now the same width across all models and house 21-inch rear wheels.

At the front, new LED headlamps flank more pronounced contours to the hood. The car's all aluminum bodywork is wider than before, with the front growing by 1.77 inches.

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Carfection and Carwow give us an early tour of the new Porsche 911 at the videos linked below.

Porsche has arguably zagged from the 911's gradual evolutionary line only once, when it introduced a water-cooled engine and the famous "cracked egg" headlights with the 1997 996. This sense of width is carried over to the rear with the larger rear spoiler, the new engine cover and the full-length LED light bar. Apart from the front and rear sections, the entire outer skin is now fashioned from aluminium. Drivers get their information from an instrument cluster that blends just one analog needle-for the central tachometer-with digital displays.

The easiest way to tell the difference between the new model and the older ones is by the single, thin light bar that stretches right across the rear. Located underneath the screen, a compact switch panel with five buttons provides direct access to key vehicle functions. The navigation system is now an online swarm data-based system.

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.

A new "Wet Mode" that automatically detects low grip conditions, interestingly by using water sensors inside the fenders that detect the flow of the stuff off the front tires. The Adaptive Cruise Control option includes automatic distance control, stop-and-go functionality, and an innovative Emergency Assist function. The models can be ordered now and are expected to reach USA dealers in Summer 2019.