Retouched in all the right places

Saturday Star - - M O T O R I N G MOTO RING -

THE all-new Porsche 911 re­mains painstak­ingly faith­ful to its de­sign her­itage while mod­ernising in all the right places, par­tic­u­larly the in­te­rior, where it gets a dig­i­tal makeover of note.

And that sense of balanc­ing past and present is noth­ing less than what you’d ex­pect.

Though com­pletely re­designed and sport­ing a wider stance, it still looks un­mis­tak­ably 911, but the de­sign has been sharp­ened up, par­tic­u­larly at the back where we see new 3D tail lights joined by a cen­tral strip in the mod­ern Porsche fash­ion.

First out of the start­ing blocks is the Car­rera S, re­vealed ahead of the Los An­ge­les Auto Show on Wed­nes­day and sport­ing a re­designed flat-six tur­bocharged en­gine fea­tur­ing an im­proved in­jec­tion process and repo­si­tioned tur­bocharg­ers.

Mated to a new eight-speed du­al­clutch au­to­mated gear­box, the Car­rera S pro­duces 331kw, 22kw more than be­fore and enough for a 3.7 sec­ond 0-100km/h sprint in the case of the rear-wheeldrive model, while the all-wheeldriven Car­rera 4S is said to take 3.6.

Nat­u­rally, there will even­tu­ally be a full range of Turbo and RS badged 911s, but those will be an­nounced at a later stage.

In­side is where things have been shaken up the most, the sports car en­joy­ing a dig­i­tal makeover that brings it into line with the lat­est Panam­era and Cayenne.

The cen­tral air vents move down to make way for a 27.6cm touch­screen, which houses some in­no­va­tive apps and func­tions, in­clud­ing the Porsche Road Trip app which not only rec­om­mends ho­tels and restau­rants, but scenic view­points as well and the Porsche 360+ “per­sonal lifestyle as­sis­tant”.

As for driv­ing giz­mos, there’s a new “wet mode” that de­tects wa­ter on the road and pre­con­di­tions the control sys­tems ac­cord­ingly and warns the driver.

That’s stan­dard along with a warn­ing and brake as­sist sys­tem and Porsche’s PCM, which in­cludes on­line nav­i­ga­tion based on swarm data.

Fur­ther to that, buy­ers can opt for a Night Vi­sion As­sist sys­tem linked to a ther­mal imag­ing cam­era.

So when can you have one?

Ac­cord­ing to Porsche South Africa, the new 911 is likely to reach lo­cal shores around the mid­dle of 2019, with in­dica­tive pric­ing to be an­nounced shortly. |

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from South Africa

© PressReader. All rights reserved.