Premium performance car manufacturer, Porsche, has launched the eighth-generation 911 in India in two variants – 911 Carrera S and the 911 Carerra S Cabriolet. The 911 Carrera S is priced at Rs 1.82 crore, while the 911 S Cabriolet is available for Rs 1.99 crore (both ex-showroom, India). The new 911, which was internally codenamed as 992, gets the distinctive 911 family face. The vehicle is based on the new modular MMB platform which will also underpin the next generation of 718 Cayman and 718 Boxster models.
Mechanically, the new Porsche 911 is powered by a 3.0-litre twin-turbocharged petrol engine that generates an additional 30bhp over its predecessor, for a total of 444bhp and 530Nm of torque. The upgraded engine comes mated to a new eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. The new Carrera S is capable of sprinting from 0 -100kmph in just 3.7-seconds and is just about 0.1-seconds slower than the Carrera 4S that does three digit figures in 3.6-seconds. Add the optional Sport Chrono Package to it and the vehicle will touch the 100kmph mark faster by 0.2-seconds. The Carrera S is capable of reaching a top speed of 308kmph, while the Carrera 4S has a top speed of 306kmph.
In terms of design, the new 911 Carrera has retained its iconic styling with mild tweaks for freshness. The vehicle now gets a wide body look which was earlier limited to the older generation all-wheel drive and turbo model cars. The rear section now flaunts a distinctive full-length light strip. Moreover, this time the 911 has been offered with a 20/21-inch wheel setup on the front and the rear.
As for the interior, the new Carrera S offers a fine balance of modern technology and iconic styling. The centre console gets a 10.9-inch touchscreen infotainment system and drive mode selector on the steering wheel. The vehicle gets an analogue central tachometer to retain its heritage touch. As for safety, it gets autonomous emergency braking, wet driving mode, night vision and adaptive cruise control as standard.