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New Porsche 911 officially revealed: full story on 992-generation

Published: 28 November 2018

► Porsche's next-gen 911
► Finally revealed at LA show
► Carrera S and 4S are first

We promise you, this is definitely the new one. Yes, Porsche has finally and officially lifted the veil on the new 2018 911 sports car, with the first of many versions – Carrera S and 4S – making their debut at the 2018 LA auto show.

Keep reading for all we officially know about the new 992-gen Porsche 911 sports car. We’ll be updating this story with more when we get it.

Are you sure this is the new one?

Trust us, we’ve been staring at these images for quite some time but we assure you, they are hot off the Stuttgart press. Porsche makes the bold claim that the exterior design is ‘completely new’, but it’s not exactly a surprise to look at – not least because it’s a 911. But it’s also because it’s been spotted so many times without almost any camouflage in the few months running up to the car’s official reveal, so much so that CAR's renders of what it would look like were almost bang on.

Porsche 911 992 Carrera S front

At the front, the new Porsche 911 (992) houses a small central recess in the centre of the front bumper – a nod to some of the first 911s – and some fresh LED headlights. The front is 45mm wider than before, and Porsche says that the rear wheel arches will not be wider for certain future models (like GTS, Turbo etc). Electrically-operated flush door handles feature for better aero.

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Probably the most significant design details can be seen at the rear, with a new ‘variable-position’ spoiler in the tail and vertical black vents that integrate the third brake light. A single spanning light bar also features, in line with the rest of Porsche’s recently redesigned range from Cayman to Cayenne.

What do we know about the engines?

The Carrera S and 4S models use a turbocharged flat-six with 444bhp – 30bhp more than the 991 generation.

The new 2019 Porsche 911 Carrera S, the 992 generation in LA

The S accelerates to 62mph in 3.7 seconds, with the all-wheel drive 4S hitting it in 3.6 seconds. Power is sent to the wheels by a new eight-speed PDK dual-clutch automatic, which will help keep emissions down. There's no official mention of a manual yet, but don't worry - it will still be available.

If you pick the Sport Chrono Pack (which has launch control), 0.2 seconds can be shaved off the launch sprints of either. Top speeds are rated at 191mph for the S and 190 for the 4S. If you’re bothered, Porsche also claims that the S and 4S models can get up to 31.7mpg and 31.4mpg respectively.

Tell me about the interior

It’s a trick blend of up-to-date Porsche tech and some neat heritage touches not yet seen before, inside. A widescreen infotainment system seen on the likes of the Panamera and Cayenne dominates the centre of the dashboard, and is accompanied by paddle buttons for some key functions located beneath.

Porsche 911 992 Carrera S interior

On the centre console, physical toggle switches control the climate control and infotainment menus and sit just ahead of a simple oblong gear selector. A solitary cupholder now features in the centre, as does the electric parking brake switch – moved away from the underneath the lighting switchgear in the previous generation. And yes, you still need a key of sorts to fire the thing up. 

Porsche purists, don’t fear – the analogue central rev counter is still here with some recessed detailing. It is, however, flanked by two digital screens that show speed, drive mode, navigation information and more.

Surely there’s some new tech?

The infotainment system is permanently connected, with swarm data from online navigation letting you know of traffic situations on the road ahead. A new ‘Wet’ mode is standard, which uses the car’s computers to detect water and slippery conditions, prepares the car's drive systems and warns the driver accordingly.

Porsche 911 992 Carrera S rev

Night vision is also available, as is adaptive cruise with stop-and-go function and an autonomous emergency assist system.

Porsche has also confirmed two new apps: Road Trip and Impact. Road Trip is fairly self-explanatory, allowing you to plan long drives and features curated routes that have scenic spots with exclusive hotel recommendations. Impact is designed to track your CO2 output, and provide you with a simple method of paying to offset it through renewable energy projects and forest protection.

What's it like to drive? 

We've not had a go of the finished car just yet, but we have had an exclusive ride in an all-new 911 prototype – and it's looking good. Despite the Porsche's new focus on technology, it appears the tech has only improved the user experience, making the car's extra speed more accessible and easier to handle. You can read our early verdict on the new 992 here

When can I buy a 992-generation 911?

Orders are open now. If you’re after a Carrera S, it’ll cost from £93,110 while a 4S will set you back £98,418.

Porsche 911 at the LA Auto Show 2018

What about the other models? 

As is customary, Porsche will fill every conceivable niche with its benchmark sports car - and we've got the lowdown from humble Carrera 2 to top-brass 911 Turbo, from soft-top convertibles to the red-hot new GT3 version. This is when you can expect to see the new 911 range:

  • Carrera 2S and Carrera 4S Coupe Revealed
  • Carrera 2S and 4S Cabriolet Presented in January 2019, on sale April 2019
  • Entry-level Carrera 2 and Carrera 4 Coupe and Cabriolet Shown in April 2019, on sale summer 2019
  • 911 Turbo and Carrera GTS Due September 2019, in dealers from February 2020

And the new Porsche 911 GT3: our latest spy photos

Our spies have been busy papping all flavours of the new Porsche 911 family. Our latest haul included the new, more focused GT3 on test on the roads around the Nuburgring. This bewinged beast below is no longer a test mule and the production body lurks under the black cladding of this prototype. And check out that serious-looking rear wing - although wrapped in camo-alike pre-prod finish, it shows that the aero experts of Zuffenhausen will be weaving their magic on the new 992 GT3. 

Our sources suggest we'll see the new GT3 soon enough in the 992's life. Word is it could appear as early as the 2019 Frankfurt motor show.

We've ridden in a 992 prototype: read our initial thoughts here

Porsche 992 GT3 spy photo

A hybrid Porsche 911?

For sure. We hear the 992.2 will mix a 3.0 flat six with a 70kW e-motor and 10.8kWh battery pack, for short bursts of silent running and devastating performance. Like 3.5sec 0-62mph and 197mph flat-out. That's our kind of eco performance car!

We already know Porsche is working on the Taycan, a pure-electric production model influenced by 2015's Mission E concept, while other large cars in its range - such as the new Panamera - will supplement their engines with electric power to boost both performance and efficiency.

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By Jake Groves

CAR's staff writer, office Geordie, gamer, lover of hot hatches