Trickle to flow
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