WHAT THE NEW 911 MUST BEAT

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MERCEDES-AMG GT AND SL

Ar­riv­ing in the UK in facelifted form early next year, AMG’S hard-charg­ing GT range is Porsche’s prime com­peti­tor for all 911 vari­ants over £100k. The newly tur­bocharged 911 GT3 will give AMG’S range-top­ping GT R a run for its money, while the 911 Turbo and GTS mod­els will com­pete with lesser GTS.

JAGUAR F-TYPE

A new F-type isn’t due un­til around 2021 and Jaguar is weigh­ing up the idea of go­ing all-elec­tric. So the 992-gen 911 will be com­pet­ing with the cur­rent F-type, re­cently up­dated for the 2020 model year. Although a four-cylin­der en­try-level F-type un­der­cuts the 911 range, the su­per­charged V6 and V8 ver­sions have the char­ac­ter and per­for­mance to com­pete.

AUDI R8

Higher-end 911s, such as the Turbo and GT3, will find stiff com­pe­ti­tion in the form of the re­cently facelifted R8. The ‘base’ model has had power from its nat­u­rally as­pi­rated V10 boosted from 533bhp to 562bhp, squar­ing up neatly with the 911 Turbo, while the 611bhp R8 Per­for­mance should give even the fastest 911 vari­ants a chal­lenge from within the VW Group.

AS­TON MARTIN VAN­TAGE

As­ton Martin freely ad­mits that its aim for the new Van­tage was for it to be bet­ter than the cur­rent 911, but the 992 gen­er­a­tion could prove the Brit-built sports car’s tough­est test yet. With its £120,000 price squarely in 911 GTS ter­ri­tory, the Van­tage im­pressed us at launch and will pro­vide a fas­ci­nat­ing head-to-head con­test with the new Porsche.

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