2020 Porsche 911 officially revealed: iconic sports car enters eighth generation

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The all-new eighth-generation ‘992’ Porsche 911 has been officially revealed, ahead of a public debut at the Los Angeles motor show next week.

As with all new 911s, the 992 doesn’t really depart much from its 991 predecessor, and still retains much of the styling DNA of the 1960s original. Up front there are new LED headlights, which sit alongside a more angular grille and straighter bonnet. Down the side the new 911 gets flush door handles and large RS Spyder Design wheels, along with wider front and rear arches. Around the rear, there’s a full-width light bar that connects two slim taillights, located above a sporty rear diffuser with two inbuilt exhaust tips.

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The two variants revealed (and the first ones to hit the market) in LA are the higher-output Carrera S and 4S models. Each is powered by a 3.0-litre twin-turbocharged flat-six petrol engine, which produces 331kW of power – 22kW more than the outgoing model. Paired to an eight-speed PDK dual-clutch automatic gearbox, the sprint to 100km/h is covered in 3.7 seconds in the rear-drive S or 3.6 seconds in the all-paw 4S – those times can be dropped further by 0.2 seconds by optioning the Sport Chrono package.

Porsche will offer an entry-level Carrera later in 2019, which uses a 283kW version of the same engine, paired to the same eight-speed PDK or a seven-speed manual. High-performance GT3, GT2, GTS and Carrera T versions of the 992 911 will also be offered, along with convertible and targa bodystyles.

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Bigger changes can be found inside. Inspired by the larger Panamera sedan and Cayenne SUV, the new 911 features much straighter lines and a cleaner instrument layout. In the centre of the dash, there’s a new 10.9-inch Porsche Communication Management (PCM) touchscreen infotainment system, accompanied by a number of touch-sensitive buttons in the centre console. In front of the driver there’s still an analog rev counter with a digital speed readout, however it’s now flanked by two large displays that show other information.

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A number of new driver assistance technologies are debuting on the 911 with the new 992. All models get a new ‘Wet’ drive mode, which detects water on the road and alters the car’s ESC and other systems to keep control. There’s now also the ‘Warn and Brake’ system (i.e. autonomous emergency braking), along with ‘Night Vision Assist’, which consists of a thermal imaging camera that improves visibility in low light conditions.

The new 992-generation Porsche 911 goes on sale in European markets in early 2019, following its public debut at the LA auto show. It will land in Australia in the second quarter of 2019, priced from $265,000 plus on-road costs for the Carrera S or $281,100 plus on-roads for the Carrera 4S.

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