All-new Porsche 911 breaks cover

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It's interesting that the new Porsche 911 incorporates not only technology from the future but also intelligent design cues from the past.

Although the 992-generation 911 may be somewhat hard for laypeople to differentiate visually from its most recent predecessor, the flush door handles are a dead giveaway.

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. The rear wheel drive S gets from 0 to 100 in 3.7s and the all-wheel drive does this run in 3.6s. With the PDK, a Carrera S Coupe hits 60 miles per hour in just 3.5 seconds. For example, you'll be able to get a do-it-yourself seven-speed 'box for the non-S Carrera. Claimed fuel efficiency figures are also more or less unchanged.

Agility and stability should be improved thanks to the use of more aluminium in the rear section, which aids weight distribution. The rear of the Carrera S is now as wide as the Carrera 4, 4S and GTS models.

However, Porsche enthusiasts will no doubt be relieved to learn that both hybrids will retain the 911's traditional flat six engine configuration, instead of downsizing to four-cylinder units. Notable changes are a new intake system, a repositioned intercooler setup, new housings for the turbo, piezo injection and a new exhaust system which comes with a particulate filter. These are mounted outboard and feature three horizontal louvres, each to better channel air to the front-mounted radiators.

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The whole exterior shell excluding the front and rear sections is made entirely out of alluminium and the car's door handles electronically pop out of the side of the auto, so they are completely flush when driving. The rear sports a wider window with more rounded edges at the top. The rear hips around the 21-inch wheels have grown by 45mm in width and are now shaped equally on all models.

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Last but not least is safety, and the 911 has been improved significantly in this regard. The new 911s make 30PS more than the outgoing models.

The Zuffenhausen-based brand has also added various chassis updates and assistance systems under the skin. Below this, a bank of five toggle switches has been provided to access important function. The adaptive cruise control option includes automatic distance control, stop-and-go function, reversible occupant protection, and an innovative autonomous Emergency Assist function.

The 2020 911 Carrera S has a base MSRP of $113,200, while the 2020 911 Carrera 4S will be offered starting at $120,600, each not including the $1,050 delivery, processing and handling fee.

The turbocharged flat-six engine of the 911 Carrera S and 911 Carrera 4S now produces 443 horsepower.

The 2020 Porsche 911 will arrive in dealerships in the summer of 2019.

There is no word on when the new 911 range will come to India, where the older, 991 models are on sale and priced between Rs 1.42-3.88 crore (depending on whether it is the standard Carrera or the range-topping 911 GT2 RS).

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