Yesterday morning saw Sime Darby Auto Performance (SDAP) unveil the eighth generation Porsche 911 at Sepang Circuit. This weekend, race versions of the iconic sports car, the 911 GT3 Cup, will compete in rounds 6, 7 and 8 of the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia (PCCA) race series – a testament to the racing heritage of the 911.
While the 911 can easily finish a track session, it can also be driven comfortably back to Kuala Lumpur on the same day. The combination of far-reaching technical improvements, a timeless modern design and its new assistance systems provides a level of comfort and everyday usability that makes the 911 the perfect every day sports car, like every one of its forebears.
“The new 911 is a reflection of the past and a vision of the future, with its iconic silhouette and timeless design. It remains a sports car icon that has retained the public’s fascination since its arrival in the automotive scene over half a century ago. Due to the passionate and loyal following here, it comes as no surprise that Malaysia is the top market for the 911 in 2018 within the Porsche Asia Pacific region. The 911 GT3 Cup Car training at Porsche Experience Centre Sepang also took place for the first time in South East Asia in 2018, a reflection of the fervent customer base,” said Christopher Hunter, Chief Executive Officer of Sime Darby Auto Performance during the launch of the new 911.
He added: “With the new standard Wet Mode function, the iconic model’s capability in handling difficult adverse driving conditions is second to none, which is especially useful in our climate.”
More powerful, faster, digital
Unmistakably committed to the Porsche design DNA, with a much more muscular look and an interior featuring a 10.9-inch touchscreen monitor, the new 911 is timeless and modern. Intelligent control and chassis elements as well as innovative assistance systems combine the masterfully uncompromising dynamism that the classic rear-engine sports car is famed for, with the demands of the digital world.
The next generation of flat-six turbocharged engines has been further developed and is more powerful than ever before, with 331 kW (450 hp) in the S models. The drive efficiency has been increased by way of an improved injection process and a new layout for the turbochargers and charge air cooling system. The power is delivered by a newly developed eight-speed dual-clutch transmission. Additional highlights include the new assistance systems, including Porsche Wet mode to make driving on wet roads even safer, and Night Vision Assist with thermal imaging camera.
An exterior design reminiscent of earlier generations of 911
The exterior design evokes a sense of nostalgia but is unmistakably new, and emphasises the leap in performance from its predecessor. It is more assertive and more advanced with significantly wider wheel housings that arch over the 20-inch front wheels and 21-inch rear wheels, giving off a certain dynamic profile that hints at its performance potential. At the front, the body is 45mm wider, and revives a traditional feature of earlier 911 generations – a forward-extended bonnet with a distinctive re-cess in front of the windscreen. Housed at the corners of the characteristic-looking bonnet are newly developed LED headlights with four-point daytime running lights and dimmed beam, and are integrated into the wings almost seamlessly, taking away the typically round and upright form of the 911. The tapered and smooth side contour is emphasised by the flush integration of the electrical pop-out handles.
The rear of all models is dominated by the significantly wider, variable-position spoiler and the seamless, elegant light bar. The vertically arranged louvres of the air intake echo the contours of the rear window and the centrally located third brake light has also been integrated in the intake louvre, merging the rear window and air intake below it into a single visual unit. The 25% width increase of the rear spoiler runs almost all the way to the outer edge of the tail light, giving the upper part of the rear a much cleaner and modern look. As a distinguishing feature, the rear-wheel-drive models have black louvres, while the all-wheel-drive models have chrome elements in the rear grille. Apart from the front and rear sections, the entire outer skin is now made from aluminium. Not only does the downwards shift of the number plate, tailpipe trim and auxiliary lights give the new 911 a lower stance, it provides the rear apron an overall minimalist look.
Redesigned interior with clear lines
The dashboard comprising a harmonious combination of traditional elements and forward-looking technology, is defined by clear, straight lines with recessed instruments, taking inspiration from the first four generations of the 911. With a centrally positioned analogue rev counter housed between two thin, frameless freeform high-resolution 7-inch displays, driving information is supplied to the driver within a clutter-free cabin. Its new 10.9-inch touchscreen, the centre screen of the Porsche Communication Management (PCM) can be operated quickly and without distraction thanks to the new architecture. Located underneath, a docked-on control panel of five buttons provides direct access to essential drive and chassis functions.
New assistance systems enhance safety and comfort
A distinctive new function and a world’s first, Porsche’s Wet mode that was developed to detect water on the road and precondition the control systems accordingly, will be included as standard across all new 911 variants. The system will warn the driver in advance, who can then adjust the vehicle settings to emphasise on safety at the push of a button or using the mode switch on the steering wheel (Sport Chrono Package). Emergency braking with the help of the camera-based warning and brake assist system, also fitted as standard, may subsequently be initiated where necessary in the event a risk of collision with moving objects is detected. Another first – there is also the option for Night Vision Assist with thermal imaging camera for the 911. Adaptive cruise control option includes automatic distance control, stop-and-go function, reversible occupant protection and an innovative autonomous Emergency Assist function.
More powerful and more efficient with the next generation of flat-six engines
The performance of the new 911 Carrera S/4S is enhanced with the next generation of turbocharged flat-six engines, illustrated by the increase in its power and torque – 22kW (30 hp) and 30 Nm higher than its predecessor. This means the new rear-engine icon is capable of 331 kW (450 hp) of power at 6,500 rpm and a constantly available torque of 530 Nm, from 2,300 to 5,000 rpm. With the additional eighth gear in the fully redeveloped 8-speed PDK, the overdrive has been further extended and there is a more harmonious transmission process in the new 911. This gives both 911 Carrera S and 911 Carrera 4S models impressive acceleration values with both beating the four-second mark for acceleration from zero to 100km/h (3.7 seconds and 3.6 seconds respectively). The top speeds are now 308 km/h (911 Carrera S) and 306 km/h for the all-wheel-drive version. The fuel consumption (NEDC-correlated) of the 911 Carrera S is 8.9 l/100 km, while the 911 Carrera 4S records this figure as 9.0 l/100 km.
The new 911 Carrera S price starts from RM1,150,000 while the new 911 Carrera 4S price starts from RM1,220,000. Do we like the latest 911 on the block? You bet we do. And if you’ve always wondered how the iconic nine-eleven has evolved over the years, SDAP went the extra mile to assemble the complete line-up, which we’ve shared in the gallery below.
Porsche 911 (992) Carrera — RM1,150,000 (Carrera S) & RM1,220,000 (Carrera 4S)
– 3.0 twin-turbocharged six cylinder
– 450 hp (6,500 rpm)
– 530 Nm (2,300 – 5,000 rpm)
– 8-speed PDK
– 0-100 km/h in 3.7 seconds (Carrera S) / 3.6 seconds (Carrera 4S)
– Vmax 308 km/h (Carrera S) / 306 km/h (Carrera 4S)