New base Porsche 911 still packs plenty of punch

New base Porsche 911 still packs plenty of punch


THERE’S something quite irresistible about the Porsche 911 platform. It involves an iconic sports car synonymous with performance while still offering smatterings of luxury and practicality.

The latest iteration of the 911 Carrera - now in its eight generation with the 992 - went live at last year’s Los Angeles International Auto Show. This week, the company introduced the base Carrera Coupe and Cabriolet which, if your pockets allow, are now available to order at your local dealership.

Fuel economy and emissions regulations may have taken their toll on the latest 3.0-litre twin-turbocharged flat-six. But one suspects there’ll be no great loss, really.

The new 911 Carrera is anything but an entry-level model, still coming with its legendary rear-engine, rear-wheel-drive driving dynamics. In wet conditions, that powerful backend is kept in check with an innovative assistance system called the Porsche Wet Mode for safer handling in the rain.

Power is handled by the new eight-speed dual-clutch transmission. This gets the 911 Carrera Coupé up to 100 km/h in 4.2 seconds, with a top speed of 293 km/h. The sprint time will be a smidge faster with the optional Sport Chrono Package.

Inside, the high-quality interior is sporty and sleek offering in-demand comprehensive connectivity and decorated with a 10.9-inch touchscreen display.

The pricier 911 Carrera Cabriolet starts from $251,000, while the 911 Carrera Coupé starts from $229,500, before on-roads. Included in the price are Lane Change Assist, 14-way comfort seats with seat heating, BOSE Surround Sound system, digital radio, comfort access, metallic paint, auto dimming mirrors and reversing camera.

The cars are due for delivery around October 2019.