If I could use an analogy for the Porsche 911, it would be this – it is the Toyota Corolla of the sports car world. The analogy falls on its head at one crucial point. You can differentiate between two successive generations of the Corolla with relative ease. In case of the 911 though, you’ve got to know the car in and out. After all, design wise, there is very little separating the new 911 from the old model. That means it’s time to go deeper into what makes the 2019 Porsche 911. An important note before I start – I call it the 2019 model as it will arrive in India in 2019.
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What’s new about the 2019 Porsche 911?
Despite being an eighth-gen model, the 2019 Porsche 911 retains the same basic shape as its predecessor. The devil is in the details though as the new car looks more chiselled than before. Overhangs seem shorter than before and the haunches feel more muscular too.
The roof of the car seems to stretch all the way back to the rear bumper. To an average Joe, this 911 is no different from the previous one. However, those obsessing over details will not miss these bits.
For the regular folk, the new 911 can be differentiated from the old model via some styling changes. Up front, the bumper has been redone with reshaped air intakes and air dam. Don’t worry, the car’s engine is still in the ‘wrong’ place.
The bonnet recess is a nice touch and helps this car in muscularity department. On the side, the new wheels look dashing. Importantly, the front wheels measure 20 inches while the rear ones are 21 inches in diameter.
The new door handles sit flush with the bodywork. No need to protrude them out like in the Jaguar F-Type (a clever touch, don’t you think?). The rear end is where most styling differences are to be seen. It features a redesigned rear bumper. This bumper houses the number plate which is flanked by an exhaust end on either side.
In the middle, a lighter connects the taillights and adorns the PORSCHE lettering. The real air intake (engine in ‘wrong’ place, remember?) has vertical louvres with integrated brake light.
The RWD and AWD models are a bit different here. The former get blacked-out air intake louvres while the latter feature chrome elements there. Crucially, the car’s retractable spoiler houses a brake light too. This is because when it is up, it hides the brake light positioned in the air intake. Lastly, barring the front and rear sections, the entire out shell of the car is made from aluminium.
Inside, the 2019 Porsche 911 dash has a clear design. Resulting from the use of clear, straight lines, the dashboard features recessed instruments. The driver instrument console has the rev counter in the centre. This is flanked by two free-form displays on either side.
It isn’t a derivative of Virtual Cockpit, which is an industry benchmark. However, it does make this car feel unique and if it provides clear, concise information at a glance, then I am all for it.
Coming to the infotainment part, the 2019 Porsche 911 features a 10.9-inch display which also features a toggle-switch unit placed below it. These switches enable direct access to important vehicle functions.
Featuring permanent connectivity, standard features include online swarm-data-based navigation and Porsche Connect Plus. Also, doesn’t that small gear shifter look cute? Elsewhere, the car has new seats that are 3 kilos lighter. This results from the thinner seat cushion that’s used here.
Some standard features on the new 911 include Wet Mode. This system detects water on the road, preconditions control systems, and warns the driver to adjust vehicle settings. If you opt for optional Sports Chrono Package, you can activate Wet Mode using the drive mode switch on the steering wheel.
Otherwise, it can be activated via a button. Also standard is camera-based warning and brake-assist system to detect collision risk and initiate emergency braking, if necessary. Optionally available for the first time with the 2019 Porsche 911 is the Night Vision Assist.
That brings us to an important aspect of the 911, its engine. In the eighth-gen model, there is a 3.0-litre six-cylinder boxer engine. It features twin turbocharging, has 24 valves, 10.2:1 compression ratio, and revs up to 7,200rpm. It now puts out 450HP power and 530Nm torque, an improvement of 30HP and 30Nm over the engine in its predecessor.
It is mated to an eight-speed PDK dual-clutch gearbox and can take the car from 0-100kmph in just 3.6 seconds. For detailed specs about the new 911, do check the table at the bottom of the page.
Is the 2019 Porsche 911 worth consideration?
In a world filled with supercars, making a case for the 2019 Porsche 911 isn’t easy. However, there are fewer supercars with as much history and pedigree as the 911. When you factor that in, it is easy to pick the 911 over its rivals. Let’s be honest – it is not only a sports car.
Its versatility is what makes the 911 special. You can take it to a racetrack, circle it lap after lap and it will keep up. Or you can take it on a cross-country road trip and it will help you do so in comfort.
If you are game for latter, do remember this – don’t use the new 911’s rear seats. While its frunk will likely be able to handle a weekend’s worth luggage, keeping the rear seats empty will help you carry more stuff for a longer trip.
There’s Porsche’s endless list of options to go through too. While not exactly easy on the pocket, it will likely features some extras you will prefer to equip your car with. This brings me to the last bit – you can order one now and it will be delivered to you mid-2019 (at least in India).
2019 Porsche 911 – Specs at a glance
|Specifications||2019 Porsche 911|
|Price*||Euro 1,27,979 (approx Rs 1.03 crore at current exchange rate)|
|Engine||Water-cooled, 24-valve, twin-turbocharged, 3.0-litre six-cylinder boxer petrol|
|Transmission||8-speed dual-clutch PDK automatic|
|Front Suspension||McPherson struts with steel springs|
|Rear Suspension||Multi-link (5-link) type with steel springs|
|Front Brake||350mm discs with six-piston fixed aluminium brake calipers|
|Rear Brake||350mm discs with four-piston fixed aluminium brake calipers|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||67 litres|
*Price inclusive of VAT and country-specific features in Germany. All specs pertain to Euro-spec 2019 Porsche 911 Carrerra 4S