The Porsche 911 is one of the most iconic sports cars in the world. It is adored by many, since it's inception in 1963 it's lured people in with it's classic charm and it's gracefully contained horsepower. And there's that thing which avid 911 enthusiast will tell you they can't really put into words, they can't put their finger on why it is they fall completely hear over heels in sports car love with their 911, but it just feels right.
The all new 2020 8th Generation Porsche 911 "912" follows the evolution of it's predecessors and with the advantage of hindsight, the much loved classic is being improved and perfected even more.
While the design of the new Porsche 911 retains that classic look we have all fallen in love with, there have been some impressive innovations in the production of the 992 body.
Essentially, Porsche is following two main objectives. The first is the responsible use of resources, the second is continuing in their development in lightweight construction.
The new 992 uses dramatically higher proportions of aluminium in it’s bodyshell than previous Porsche 911 models. The outer-shell is is completely made out of aluminium. Cast aluminium is also used for the rear tunnel cell, impact absorber mounts, as well as the front shock mount. The exception is the parts surrounding the passenger compartment, which are made from hot steel, as these components require a stronger metal for maximum safety.
Although the new eighth generation Porsche 911 is actually larger in dimensions than previous models, it is no heavier. This is thanks to Porsches intelligent material mix, utilizing composite construction, implementing completely new and innovative production technologies.
The interior of the “992” is a nice upgrade. The instruments panel spreads beautifully across a slick horizontal panel. The center tunnel stylishly sports a minimalistic glass-top.
Behind the steering wheel sits a tachometer, nestled in the virtual dashboard. The display shows useful information, including video from the wide angled cameras around the car.
Upgraded driver assistance is integrated in the new 911 in a bid to increase safety, this includes: Adaptive cruise control, night vision, surround view and traffic sign recognition.
As we dig a little deeper, beyond it’s classic, aluminium favoured body, we find the new Porsche 911 to be more technologically advanced than it’s predecessors.
One of the signatures of the Porsche 911 is it’s rear mounted flat 6 cylinder engine, which is passed down to the new 911 as you might expect. It’s packing a mighty 443 horsepower with 390 lb-ft of torque. The Carrera S has increased by 30bhp from the last model, taking it’s horsepower to 444bhp.
It takes off quick, going from zero to 95 km/h in only 3 seconds. The brakes do their job well, stopping from 110 km/h to zero in just 42 meters.
Turbos on the new 911 are bulked up and with larger chambers, 3 mm wider than before. The upgraded bypass valves give a more precise boost control. The turbo’s layout has been redesigned, so as to shorten the distance the air needs to travel. The intercoolers have been moved to the top of the engine beneath the rear decklid. This makes the air coolers larger and reduces air flow by around half. An updated, lightweight manifold, improves air flow and increases responsiveness.
The exhaust system has had fully variable exhaust flaps added, which are controlled by electric stepper motors, providing a deeper range of sound.