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The new Porsche 911 is here, and it’s bigger, faster and more hi-tech than ever

By Paul Connolly

Porsche has finally unveiled the long-awaited new Porsche 911 - and it’s even on sale now priced at £93k.

After months of pre-launch publicity, Porsche bosses put the 911 officially on display at Los Angeles Auto Show in California.

All that planning has paid off, because the new car is available to order in the UK and Ireland right away. It’s available in a single model - the Carrera S??? - priced from £93,100????.

The new 911 - pronounced “Nine Eleven” by Porsche fans - is the latest iteration of the two-door, 2+2 rear-engined classic sports car manufactured by Porsche since 1963.

This is the eight generation of the 911, a much-venerated sports car that has racked up millions of sales around the world since the first model with its boxer-style air-cooled engine appeared in Stuttgart in the early 60s.

It is Porsche’s key model, the car that is closest to representing the brand’s beating heart - and as such is a car the company can’t afford to get wrong: hence the long gestation period.

Key features of the new 911 - all models have internal company codes and this one is known known in Porsche circles as the 922 model - include a more muscular look, a new cabin with a large 10.9-inch touchscreen monitor, intelligent control and chassis, an updated engine and a raft of new tech.

The only currently available model is the mid-range Carrera S, which is an extremely popular choice around the world.

Under the bonnet, the next generation of the famous flat-six turbocharged engines has been further developed and is more powerful than ever before.

The drive efficiency has been increased by an improved injection process and a new layout for the turbochargers and charge air cooling system.

Power is delivered by a newly-developed eight-speed dual-clutch transmission.

The top speed for the Carrera S is now 191 mph and 190mph for the Carrera 4S all-wheel-drive version (when it becomes available here).

Additional highlights include Porsche Wet mode to make driving on wet roads safer, Night Vision Assist with thermal imaging camera, as well as comprehensive connectivity that uses ‘swarm intelligence’ to crowd source things like traffic conditions.

Senior Porsche representative Detlev von Platen said: “Ultimately, no model better symbolises the love affair with Porsche than the 911. One in three Porsche 911s built in Zuffenhausen goes to the USA.”

The new design is definitely evolutionary rather than revolutionary. It’s wider, more assertive, and more advanced.

Wider wings arch over the large 20-inch wheels at the front and 21-inch wheels at the rear.

The rear-wheel-drive models now match the bodywork width of the existing all-wheel models. Their rear body is 44 mm wider.

The front end of all models – now 45 mm wider – revives a traditional feature of earlier 911 generations: a forward-extended bonnet with a distinctive recess in front of the windscreen.

Newly developed LED headlights are integrated into the wings, taking the typically-911 round and upright form.

Flush integration of the electrical pop-out handles in the doors emphasises a tapered and smooth side contour.

Exterior mirrors have also been redesigned, and optimised to minimise wind noise; they can also fold electronically.

The rear of all models is dominated by a wider, variable-position spoiler and an elegant light bar.

With the exception of the front and rear sections, the entire outer skin is now made from aluminium.

The redesigned interior features clear, straight lines and recessed instruments defining the dashboard.

Porsche says 911 models from the 1970s provided the inspiration here as well. As it does in the original 911, the new dashboard covers the entire width between two horizontal wing levels.

Alongside the centrally positioned rev counter, two thin, frameless freeform displays deliver information to the driver.

The centre screen of the Porsche Communication Management (PCM) is now 10.9 inches in size.

Below it, a docked-on control panel of five buttons with the look of a classic toggle switch creates the transition to the centre console with touchpad.

The new model has permanent online and mobile connectivity, as well as new functions and services. The standard PCM features include online navigation based on swarm data as well as Porsche Connect Plus.

As you’d expect, a raft of new driver assists awaits. In what Porsche says is a world first, it has developed Wet mode, included as standard.

This function detects water on the road, preconditions the control systems accordingly and warns the driver; the driver can then adjust vehicle settings for a particular emphasis on safety at the push of a button, or by means of the mode switch on the steering wheel (optional Sport Chrono Package).

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