Porsche Malaysia has launched the new 992 generation Porsche 911 here in Malaysia at the Sepang International Circuit with the Carrera S starting from RM1,150,000 with the new Carrera 4S starting from RM1,220,000.
Recreating an icon is no easy feat – you might think of Porsche as lazy for its stubborn approach to the 911’s design but if you think about it, it’s actually harder to make a car look new despite having to stick with a core design – a long front hood with a sloping roof design and long rear overhangs.
And that’s the appeal of a Porsche 911. It simply doesn’t need a radical new design but is instead built on the previous success of its predecessors.
Porsche 911s may not be as shouty as the Ferraris or Lamborghinis but you get the feeling that it’s how Porsche wants it – preferring to reveal its magic on the move.
Its 3.0-litre twin-turbocharged flat-six has been given a 30 hp and 30 Nm bump from before, now making 450 hp with 530 Nm of torque.
This power increase is primarily down to the relocated intercoolers that now rests just below the rear bonnet for better cooling and revised turbocharger flow.
0 to 100 km/h now takes just 3.7 seconds in the rear-wheel drive Carrera S, while the all-wheel drive Carrera 4S does it in 3.6 seconds with both cars 0.4 seconds quicker than the models they replace.
Keep your right foot planted long and hard enough and both cars will surpass the 300 km/h mark – 308 km/h on the Carrera S and 307 km/h on the Carrera 4S.
The new car may be slightly heavier than before, despite being 70% made of aluminium with only 30% of steel used – unlike 63% with its predecessor but the new 911 still manages to be as fast as the Mercedes-AMG GT R. Porsche magic? Maybe.
Maybe it’s down to the car’s “wind science” – something Porsche has taken to the next level in the 992. The front vents can now open and close on its own – either for better cooling performance or reduced drag.
Under 70 km/h, the flaps are wide open for better cooling but from 70 km/h and beyond, these front vents completely shut for reduced drag. At 170 km/h, these flaps open up again into a “Performance position”, along with the adaptive rear spoiler which is now 25% wider than before.
Rear wheel steer is now available, along with an 11% quicker steering rack, larger vents on the rear bumper comparable to that in the previous generation 991 Turbo. For the first time, the new 992 is fitted with mixed sized wheels – 20-inch in the front and 21-inch at the rear.
The 911 Carrera S now features the wide body – a privilege previously conferred only to the Carrera 4S and Turbo models – also another first along the Wet Mode drive setting catered to driving on wet and slippery road conditions.