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    It was back down to supercar tuning house #Litchfield-Motors for me this month; it needed some professional photography of a brand-new, Guards red #Porsche-911-Carrera-4S-992 that it had been testing for the last few weeks on its dyno. The guys at Litchfield were confident they could make some impressive power gains out of the new 3.0-litre, twin-turbocharged flat six engine following successful tweaks to the previous 991.2 3.0 engine. The turbocharged units in today’s modern era of #911 s are making Porsche more tunable than ever, and when it comes to tuning turbocharged cars, Litchfield certainly knows what it’s doing with its state-of the- art MAHA dyno cell. After just a few runs the team were able to safely increase the power from the respectable standard figure of 450ps to a whopping 580ps at the flywheel – I should point out that this is with just a remap tune and no additional modifications! There’s a plan to add more modifications soon, including an Akrapovic exhaust. Iain Litchfield talked about how it would seem the engines in the 992s are heavily detuned, with lots of exciting potential, and another interesting point is that it would appear that the standard 992 Carrera uses largely the same engine as the ’S’ models but detuned further still, meaning a standard 992 Carrera could potentially be tuned to similar figures that they have achieved with the 4S. I’m personally excited to see the results once they’ve got their hands on a base Carrera.

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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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    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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    First 992 products from Exclusive revealed

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    Porsche has revealed the first options readily available for the #Porsche-911-992 from its Exclusive Manufactur department. A lightweight- #carbon-fibre-roof , #LED headlights and Porsche-embossed headrests are already available via the 992’s online configurator, with leaked images on social media showing a forthcoming GT3-style fixed rear wing.
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    Drive-My 992 Club takes a look under the skin of the #Porsche-992 at a #Porsche technology workshop for the new 911. Here you can see the return of the twin intercoolers to above the flat six (see aft of decklid, inset), as first used on the #Porsche-911-Turbo-993 . The air box has been moved out into the wings in their place. #Porsche-911 / #Porsche-911-992
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    Porsche’s decision to put on a #Porsche-992 workshop for selected media was a wise one, chiefly because the upstep in technology is so great. I’m not just talking about engine and chassis gadgetry on the 992, either. With new apps and online services dedicated to road trips, restaurant ratings and even your environmental impact, this isn’t just a new car anymore, it’s a whole new lifestyle for the Porsche 911 driver.

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    First we visited the production line at #Zuffenhausen to see how the 992 is made, with a notable emphasis on quality and sustainability. Quality has always been important to Porsche, but a £700 million investment in Zuffenhausen with a new paint shop, new engine shop, and a doubling in size of its trim shop for the 992 shows how seriously the company is taking it going forwards. This thirst for quality is matched by sustainability, which is all part of Porsche’s push towards smart manufacturing with ‘Production 4.0’, the ultimate aim of which is to be a carbon neutral factory lead by humans and assisted by robots. Porsche says a complete overhaul in infrastructure at Zuffenhausen has been necessary to comply with its wider environmental commitment, especially as it plans to up its build quota of 250 cars per day currently to 440 per day by 2020.

    Then it was off to the track at Hockenheimring where we could get our first glimpse of the car in action, and better understand the componentry behind it. We’ll be dissecting every aspect of the 992 at great length in coming issues. It’s going to be an exciting year ahead, and we’ve upped our own quality too – subscribers will now get each Drive-My/992 post delivered with an exclusive cover, ensuring a clean and classy addition to your coffee table.
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