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    992’S TICKET TO ENTRY

    PORSCHE reveals base #Porsche-911-Carrera-992 / #Porsche-911-992 / #Porsche-911-Carrera / #Porsche-992 / #Porsche-911 / #Porsche / #Porsche-992 / #2020-Porsche-911-Carrera-992 / #2020

    It’s very fast

    While the eighth generation Porsche 911 Carrera S has been public knowledge for some time, details on the base Carrera and Cabriolet remained guarded secrets... until now.

    Porsche has finally revealed how much its base 911s will cost, how fast they’ll go and what they look like, gifting the sportscar world a new benchmark to measure itself against. The 911 Carrera Coupe starts from $229,500 in Australia, with the Cabriolet costing an extra chunk for $251,000. Or a $3050 and $3500 increase, respectively, on the previous generation’s PDK-equipped base models.

    For that, customers get plenty as standard, including lane change assist, 14-way heated seats, a BOSE sound system, and metallic paint. Mechanically it is very similar to both its predecessor and the more powerful Carrera S that’s already been revealed, powered by a 3.0-litre twin-turbo flat-six producing 283kW and 450Nm.

    That’s 48kW/80Nm less than the Carrera S but 11kW more than the previous base Carrera. Acceleration from 0-100km/h is claimed to take 4.2sec for the Coupe, or 4.0sec when optioned with Sport Chrono, while top speed is 293km/h.

    Braking is provided by 330mm discs and four-piston calipers at both ends, while the wheels are an inch smaller than on the S, measuring 19s on the front and 20s at the rear wrapped in 235/40 and 295/35 tyres respectively. An eight-speed dual-clutch is currently the only available transmission, but we’d expect a seven-speed manual to appear at a later date.

    Like its more powerful sibling, the 992 Carrera uses the widebody shell which allows for expanded tracks and a larger footprint on the road. Despite its extra size an increase in the amount of aluminium and high-strength steel makes the body lighter than its predecessor, though weight has crept up to 1505kg when empty.

    The biggest alterations have taken place inside, where the base Carrera apes the S by adopting a brand new interior design with substantially upgraded connectivity, a 10.9-inch touchscreen display and a pair of digital displays that flank the iconic central analogue tachometer.

    The new 911 Carrera is available to order locally now, with deliveries expected to commence in Q4 this year.

    BELOW Drop-top takes two tenths longer in the (0-62mph) 0-100km/h stakes
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    Old rivals, new scores 2020 Porsche 911 Carrera S 992 vs. 2019 Audi R8 V10 Type 4S

    Posted in Cars on Wednesday, 01 May 2019

    Blurring the line between sports car and supercar has always been one of the Audi R8’s special talents. Not only did it blow everybody away with its incredible proportions when it was launched in 2006, Audi’s first attempt at a mid-engined two-seater was easily the best-handling car the company had ever produced. The high-revving 414bhp V8 was an absolute gem and you could even get an open-gated six-speed manual transmission. It’s easy to forget that the R8 was pitched as a rival to a fairly run-of-the-mill Porsche 911.

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    Hybrid #Porsche-911-992 ‘in three or four years’

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    Porsche chairman Oliver Blume has reaffirmed that the company is committed to launching a petrol-electric hybrid version of the 911. “We will continue with high-performance petrol engines in our sports car for as long as possible,” said Blume. “We are thinking about a hybrid drivetrain for the 911. The platform is already prepared.” Porsche has gained expertise in hybrid drivetrains through its motorsport activities, including three wins at Le Mans with its 919 Hybrid. Blume said the hybrid driveline under development would be the highest-powered driveline in the 911. He pointed to the Panamera S-E Hybrid as an example of what is possible, noting that it uses 60Ah battery technology and makes around 700bhp. By comparison, the latest evolution of the 911 Turbo uses a twin-turbo 3.8-litre petrol engine developing 532bhp. “There’s no decision yet whether we will have a plug-in hybrid, which has more weight but more range, or a solution like that in the 919 Hybrid race car,” said Blume. “But in three or four years we’ll be able to offer a hybrid of some sort in the 911.”

    A hybrid 911 would be the most powerful in the model’s line-up
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