We were at the Porsche Center in Sg Besi on Friday morning, to witness the launch of Porsche’s latest generation 911, as well as the Macan GTS. This launch was also in conjunction with the 24 hours Le Mans race weekend, and customer and fans alike are welcome to watch the live telecast at the showroom.
We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again – the world is constantly evolving and everything is changing. Porsche obviously understands this, and the world’s best selling sportscar has seen a slew of changes over the years. But the update this this time around is a massive one: for the very first time, the base 911 will now have a 3.0-litre flat-six twin-turbocharged engine. Forced induction is not something new to Porsche and we have no doubt that the 991.2 will be a significant improvement over its predecessor.
Power and torque sees an increase of 20hp/60Nm in both Carrera and Carrera S models. This brings power figures to 370hp/450Nm in the Carrera 2 and Carrera 4 and 420hp/500Nm in the Carrera 2S and Carrera 4S models. Both engines are similar, with the Carrera S benefiting from modified compressors on the turbo, specific exhaust system and a tuned engine map. Porsche claims they’ve not lost the glorious sounds of the sonorous flat-six, and we cannot wait to find out for ourselves.
It comes as no surprise that the 991.2 gets improved performance figures as well. A seven-speed Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK) comes as standard, and when coupled with the Sport Chrono Package, enables a century sprint of just 4.2 seconds – two tenths a second faster than its predecessor.
In the more powerful variants, this is 3.9 seconds (-0.2 seconds) and 3.8 seconds (-0.3 seconds) for the C2S and C4S respectively. The cars’ top speeds are also improved: 293km/h (+6km/h) for the base models and 306km/h (+4km/h) and 303km/h (+6km/h) for the C2S and C4S models. Despite the bump in performance, the new generation 911 also boasts an almost 12% improvement in efficiency.
The latest generation 911s will also get the new PASM chassis (Porsche Active Suspension Management) as standard. What this really means, is the ability to lower ride height by an additional ten millimeters, improved stability in corners, sharper response and improved dynamics. The new wheels are now wider on the rear, with the S variants getting fat 305 rubbers, instead of 295 from before.
Porsche’s active rear-axle will be available as an option for the 911 Carrera S and 911 Carrera 4S models. This marks the adoption of chassis technology from the 911 Turbo and GT3 for the Carrera. This active rear-axle improves driving stability as well as enhances turn-in behaviour on both low and high speeds. In fact, the new car’s turning radius has been reduced by 0.4 metres, ensuring greater maneuverability in city traffic.
Much of the exterior 911 features have been refined further: new headlights with four-point daytime running lights, to door handles without recess covers, a redesigned rear lid with vertical louvres and new sexy rear lights – including the distinctive four-point brake lights. The Carrera 4S gets a wider rear, along with an additional tail light strip that connects it from one tail lamp to the other, differentiating it from the rear-wheel drive models.
On the inside, there are more enhancements. There’s a new Porsche Communication Management (PCM) that includes online navigation module and voice control. PCM can be operated via multi-gestures, on a seven-inch display – similar to operating a smartphone. There’s also a new steering wheel which was derived from the 918 Spyder, focusing driver control for the car’s various driving modes onto a rotary ring. There’s even a new party trick: a “Sport Response Button” that, when depressed, sets the car up for a maximum acceleration for 20 seconds.
Ahem, If you couldn’t already tell, we really can’t wait to get our hands on the new 911.2!
Launched aside the latest 911 was the Macan GTS which combines a high level of typical Porsche driving dynamics with outstanding everyday utility. A sportier PASM tune lowers the car by 15 millimetres, and when paired with the new 20-inch RS Spyder design wheels in matte black paint finish, look seriously good. Keeping in-tune with the GTS style are the GTS sports seats with Alcantara center panels, Alcantara trim in the interior, as well the sports exhaust. The Macan GTS will also feature the new PCM system, with the optional Connect Plus module that adds smartphone integration via Apple CarPlay.
The Macan GTS can be distinguished by the black accents on its exterior – high gloss above waistline and lustrous matte finish in the lower areas of the body. There’s also Sport Design package, in GTS-specific colouring. The LED headlights that include Porsche Dynamic Light System Plus is also available as an option.
Prices for the new 911 and Macan GTS start from:
911 Carrera RM870,000
911 Carrera S RM970,000
911 Carrera 4S RM1,040,000
Macan GTS RM710,000
All prices stated come with a four-year warranty and free maintenance package and is inclusive of duties and taxes. Registration fees, road tax and insurance are separate, of course. Naturally, Porsche options can be both lengthy and costly, so the sky is always the limit.
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