Trickle to flow

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Trickle-down tech is in clear ev­i­dence in the new 911 – not be­cause it’s a lesser sib­ling, sim­ply be­cause of the time­line in which new mod­els are rolled out. The adop­tion of the eight-speed PDK trans­mis­sion from the Panam­era is one ex­am­ple; the tung­sten-car­bide coat­ing (‘PSCB’ in Porsche speak) on steel brake discs, to im­prove heat dis­pas­sion and cut down dust, is an­other. Other de­tails in­clude a five-per­cent quicker ra­tio for the steer­ing rack, and a greater span of damp­ing ac­tion for the ad­justable Bil­stein dampers. As for the base-model Car­rera, power from its (same-size) 3.0-litre twin-turbo six has been bumped 11kw to 283kw, but specced as a man­ual with the me­chan­i­cal LSD and smaller wheels and tyres, we sus­pect it will be a lit­tle-ex­plored de­light.

The en­tire side panel, from the A-pil­lar to the rear guard, is now alu­minium, sav­ing over 10kg AU­THOR KYLE FOR­TUNE (LEFT) WITH AU­GUST ACH­LEIT­NER, THE MAN IN CHARGE OF CON­TIN­U­ING THE 911’S EN­DUR­ING LEGACY AS A SPORTS-CAR ICON

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