In the new rear-wheel-drive Carrera S and four-wheel-drive Carrera 4S, the reworked powerplant delivers 30bhp more than before, at 444bhp. Together with the revised gearing of the new dual-clutch gearbox, this results in a 0-62mph time that’s 0.4sec faster for both of the new 911 launch models, at 3.7sec for the Carrera S and 3.6sec for the Carrera 4S.
These times are shortened by a further 0.2sec with the inclusion of the optional Sport Chrono Package. This brings launch control, revised gearbox software that allows faster gearshifts and a sport response function for added performance. As a result, it provides the new 911 Carrera 4S with a 0-62mph that is 0.6sec inside the time of the old 911 Carrera 4 GTS, at just 3.4sec.
Despite the claim of improved aerodynamics, top speeds are little changed from the outgoing seventh-generation’s, with the Carrera S put at 191mph and the heavier Carrera 4S at 190mph. Combined fuel consumption on the superseded NEDC cycle is also close to the old 911’s, at 31.7mpg for the Carrera S and 31.4mpg for the Carrera 4S.
Known under the internal codename 992, the new 911 has been extensively re-engineered. It features a new platform structure with a greater amount of aluminium in its rear section, improving weight distribution. It also receives a revised chassis, which brings rear-wheel steering to both Carrera and Carrera S models for the first time in a move that, Porsche claims, provides the 911 with added agility and improved high-speed stability.
Stylistically, the new 911 continues the evolutionary theme that has characterised all of its predecessors since the introduction of the original in 1963. The 2019 model, pictured here in production guise for the very first time, is the second to be wholly designed under the guidance of Porsche design boss Michael Mauer, who also oversees the design activities for the whole of the Volkswagen Group.
Overall, the initial coupé model takes on a more muscular appearance, with tauter surfacing and added width to the rear wings. In a departure from tradition, Porsche has done away with offering two body structures in differing widths. Instead, it will provide the new 911 with one standard body that has rear wings described as being slightly broader than those on the wider body of the old 911.
Up front, a new bumper features a more prominent splitter element along its leading edge as well as a trio of larger cooling ducts. These are mounted outboard and feature three horizontal louvres, each to better channel air to the front-mounted radiators. Above the outer cooling ducts, Porsche has fitted new slimline LED driving lights that, like those of the old model, double as indicator units.