The new Porsche 911 will be a little quicker, a little larger, a little smarter and better equipped. The 2019 911's shape is quite familiar though there are a few styling changes. The engine makes 443 horsepower and 390 pound-feet of torque, up 23 horsepower and 22 pound-feet over the outgoing model.
All this comes thanks to an improved injection process and a new turbocharger and intercooler layout. An eight-speed PDK transmission will be standard, with a seven-speed stick shift available later. The power translates to a 3.3-second 0-60 time, or 3.2-seconds if you opt for the all-wheel-drive version. That's shortened by a further 0.2 seconds with the optional Sport Chrono Package, which adds launch control, revised gearbox software and a "sport" function. Meanwhile, top speeds are 191mph and 190mph respectively. Claimed fuel efficiency figures are also more or less unchanged. However, this week was the first official confirmation from Porsche of the 911's details, such as an outer skin entirely made from aluminum, as well as the first chance to see properly inside. The rear width, which used to be wider on all-wheel drive models, has been standardised to emphasised the tapered middle section.
Extra power means improved performance. On the eve of the Los Angeles Auto Show, the new 911 celebrated its world premiere at the Porsche Experience Center Los Angeles. The navigation system is now an online swarm data-based system.
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At the front, new LED headlamps flank more pronounced contours to the hood. The vehicle also has electric door handles that only appear when they're needed. The rear sports a wider window with more rounded edges at the top. The door handles are now electric units, and the taillights are much slimmer and feature a full-width LED bar.
Other updates include a new Wet Mode that detects water on the road and adjusts the ABS and stability control accordingly. There are staggered wheel sizes now, with 20-inch fronts and 21-inch rears.
The easiest way to tell the difference between the new model and the older ones is by the single, thin light bar that stretches right across the rear. The 911 will also pack automatic emergency braking, a night-vision camera and adaptive cruise control. The 2020 911 Carrera S will start at $113,200, while the 2020 911 Carrera 4S will start at $120,600 (both before $1,050 destination). The new 911 range will include a less powerful version of the flat-six in the Carrera and Carrera 4 models, and more powerful variants in future GTS and Turbo models. The models can be ordered now and are expected to reach US dealers in Summer 2019.