Porsche 911 Carrera S, Carrera 4S debut with 443 bhp

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Now the 2020 Porsche 911 Carrera has arrived at the Los Angeles auto show, which is held in a bastion of P-car enthusiasm.

It's no secret that Porsche's been working on a replacement for the 991.2-generation Porsche 911 - hell, Porsche even teased it earlier this month.

The turbocharged flat-six engines carry over from the last-gen models, but, at least on the Carrera S trim, get a power bump.

Power is put to the ground through a new, eight-speed, dual-clutch PDK gearbox, but interestingly, Porsche promises that a proper manual transmission will be available - eventually.

Both 911 models beat the four-second mark for acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h: the rear-wheel-drive Coupé needs 3.7 seconds and the 911 Carrera 4S with all-wheel drive just 3.6 seconds. This drops by another 0.2 seconds with the optional Sport Chrono Package, and the two cars max out at 308 km/h for the S and 306 km/h for the 4S. This is largely because the vehicle has been widened by almost two inches over the front wheels and now has large 20-inch front wheels and 21-inch rear wheels, in order to give it a broader sense of control and contact over the road. We won't see the first of the new 911s, dubbed the Type 992, until next September or October, but when we do, they'll be a little quicker, a little larger, a little smarter and better equipped. Standard wheel sizes have not been revealed yet but Porsche says the new 911 will have the same sized wheels as its predecessor - 20-inchers at the front and 21-inchers at the rear. As we've seen in spy photos, the front fenders now extend all the way to the bumper, fully encompassing the headlights like on the old air-cooled models. The body is 1.77 inches wider up front and 1.71 inches wider in the rear. Porsche says it's created to evoke memories of the first 911 generations.

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Blume says nonetheless by 2025 about half of all new Porsche cars and SUVs will have electric motors, whether they are all-electric or hybrids combining batteries with internal combustion engines. This sense of width is carried over to the rear with the larger rear spoiler, the new engine cover and the full-length LED light bar.

Agility and stability should be improved thanks to the use of more aluminium in the rear section, which aids weight distribution. Completely reworked, it recesses the instruments into a far cleaner dashboard.

The interior is significantly different than the outgoing model. In a departure from tradition, Porsche will not offer two body structures in differing widths and instead, the new 911 will come with one standard body with rear wings that are said to be slightly broader than those on the older, wide-body 911. A new "wet mode" has also been introduced (which detects water on the road, "preconditions" the control systems and warns the driver), along with Night Vision Assist (with a thermal imaging camera).

According to Porsche South Africa, the new 911 is likely to reach local shores around the middle of 2019, with indicative pricing to be announced shortly.

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