Next-gen Porsche 911 unveiled

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Porsche has unveiled the next generation of 911s at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show.

Of course, it wouldn't be a Porsche 911 without a rear-mounted, flat-six engine - and that's exactly what Porsche has installed here.

"We use slightly larger turbochargers that are bigger on the compressor side as well as the turbines, and we can combine these with a different layout for the intercoolers for better efficiency, in that the intake air temperature is cooler, providing more oxygen for better engine response and therefore even less lag", he explained. Primary among them is the turbocharged flat-six engine that produces 443 horsepower, a 23 hp improvement over previous models. When fitted with the eight-speed PDK transmission, the new 992 Carrera S Coupe needs just 3.5 seconds for the 0-60mph (4S: 3.4 seconds).

Quoted top speeds are 191mph for the Carrera S, with the 4S 1mph slower. It'll also warn the driver of the change in conditions.

The Clubsport weighs 3,064 pounds (1,390 kg) thanks to the fact it is made of aluminum-steel composite and uses carbon fiber on the roof (which comes complete with an escape hatch), and front and rear lids.

The first models of the classic sports vehicle to arrive will be the Carrera S and its AWD version, the Carrera 4S, and they'll be a little more expensive, too: The S will list for $129,100 (up from $120,000), the 4S for $137,400 (up from $127,900).

Not only is it more powerful and faster than its predecessor, but the new 911 also looks more imposing despite the oh-so-familiar design language.

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Oh, and eagle-eyed Porschephiles will note the existence of an actual cupholder mounted below the shift lever, meaning we no longer have to put up with the spindly, ugly and pretty much useless items that used to telescope out of the dash ahead of the front passenger.

August Achleitner, vice president of the Porsche 911 and 718 product lines, detailed some of the trickier parts of developing an all-new take on the world's favourite rear-engined sports auto.

Classic elements like the comparatively upright windscreen and shape of the glasshouse are unchanged. The nose now features LED headlights, while the rear has a new variable-position spoiler and a seamless light bar.

Porsche says the new 2020 911 will roll into dealerships in the summer of 2019. There are staggered wheel sizes now, with 20-inch fronts and 21-inch rears. The new 992 cars seem to do what every 911 before seems to have done and set new standards for cars in this class.

The eighth-generation model carries top billing at this week's LA motor show and features revised engines, an upgraded interior and greater efficiency - all wrapped up in a design that looks nearly exactly like the old one.

While the rev counter in the instrument cluster is analogue, all other dials are digital.

New tech features will include a new Wet Mode system that detects waters on the road and preconditions the stability and traction controls for less grip, an optional night vision system, and an updated version of the Porsche Communication Management infotainment system. The rear of the Carrera S is now as wide as the Carrera 4, 4S and GTS models. But, the improved grip isn't just mechanical, with a series of new driver assists helping to make the 992 safer. The brand will also introduce plug-in hybrid versions of the latest 911, though they will only arrive with the facelifts that are expected to come in 2022.

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