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Eighth Generation 2020 Porsche 911 is Faster and More Powerful

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Porsche has unveiled the new eighth generation 911 at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show. Exuding classic 911 DNA, it now has a more muscular overall appearance. The rear-engine sports car has a flat-6 turbocharged engine which is more powerful than ever before. It is also more fuel efficient with an improved injection process, and a new layout for the turbochargers and charge air-cooling system. The power is delivered to a newly developed 8 speed dual-clutch transmission.

Engine and performance details have only been released for the 911 Carrera S and Carrera 4S models. Both are powered by 443 hp 3.0 litre flat 6 engines, an increase of 23 hp over the previous models. Both can accelerate from 0-100 km/h in less than four seconds. The rear-wheel-drive 911 Carrera S coupe needs 3.7 seconds and the all-wheel drive 911 Carrera 4S just 3.6 seconds to hit 100 km/h from rest. This makes both cars 0.4 seconds faster than the previous models. 0-100 km/h times can be reduced by an additional 0.2 seconds with the addition of the optional Sport Chrono Package. The top speeds are now 308 km/h for the Carrera S and 306 km/h for the Carrera 4S.

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The exterior design is new and emphasizes the increased performance for the 911 type 992. Significantly wider wheel housings arch over the 20-inch front wheels and 21-inch rear wheels. The rear end is now the same width across all models, highlighting the “slim line” centre section. At the front, the body is 45 mm wider. Flush integration of the electrically activated pop-out handles in the doors emphasizes the tapered and smooth side contour.

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Between the new LED headlights, the hood with a pronounced recess evokes the design of the first 911 generations. The rear is dominated on all models by the significantly wider, variable-position rear spoiler and the seamless light bar. Apart from the front and rear sections, the entire outer skin is now made from aluminium. The completely new interior is characterized by the clear and straight lines of the dashboard with recessed instruments. The 911 models from the 1970s provided the inspiration.

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Alongside the central rev counter, typical for Porsche, two thin, frameless freeform displays supply information to the driver. The centre screen of the PCM is now 10.9 inches, and can be operated quickly and without distraction thanks to the new architecture. Located underneath this there is a compact switch unit with five buttons for direct access to important vehicle functions.

New assistance systems increase safety and comfort. In a world first, Porsche has developed Wet mode, included as standard. This function detects water on the road, preconditions the control systems accordingly and warns the driver, who can then set up the vehicle for a particular emphasis on safety, by simply pushing a button or using the mode switch on the steering wheel (Sport Chrono Package). The warning and brake assist system, also fitted as standard, detects the risk of collisions with moving objects and initiates emergency braking if necessary. Night Vision Assist with a thermal imaging camera is optionally available for the 911 for the first time.

The adaptive cruise control option includes automatic distance control, stop-and-go function, reversible occupant protection and an innovative autonomous Emergency Assist function. The 2020 911 Carrera S pricing begins at $129,100 and $137,400 for the 911 Carrera 4S. The new models are available for ordering now and will arrive in Canada in the fall of 2019.

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