The Porsche 911 was first released in the mid 1960s as a replacement for the now classic Porsche 356. With its distinct body shape and ever increasing engine performance, the 911 has become a code number for sports car excellence and the new generation Porsche 911 has not deviate from its traditions.
Even though Porsche has revealed that ninety percent of the car’s components have been redesigned and/or redeveloped, the car’s curvaceous contour and sharp and precise edges still show that it is, undeniably, a 911 Carrera.
The car’s every single angle was redesigned with modern elements together with Porsche’s trademark design language to give the car a fresh but familiar look. Much of the car’s exterior has changed particularly its front fascia. The bi-xenon headlights cluster has been redesigned but it still retains Porsche’s traditional rounded headlight appearance.
Newly styled LED running lights (which include daytime running lights and directional lights) now sit just above the side air vents. Just behind the air vents are the car’s air intakes, just one of the few Porsche’s rear wheel drive cars familiar traits. The intakes are now bigger and serve as an important part in the 911’s performance.
The side mirrors have been moved from the usual area near the A-pillars to the edge of the doors. Porsche has redesigned them, not only to highlight the car’s width and sporty look, but also to reduce wind noise and drag and the new position also helps to prevent dirt build-up between the side mirrors and the body.
From the side, the précised and flat design contours flow continuously from the front angle up to the low roofline and extends towards the rear area. This design styling also accentuates the horizontally flat-looking wheel arches which add to the 911’s low stance. 19 inch wheels come as a standard and the Carrera S model will feature more premium quality wheels in 20 inch.
Porsche has installed the rear spoiler beneath the engine lid. It is no longer integrated on the engine lid (in previous models) and now it is a separate wing-style component. The rear spoiler (on models that are equipped with an external slide/tilt sunroof) extends out to two different positions which depends on whether the sunroof is closed or opened and thus, adapts to the car’s aero dynamics.
The rear brake lights are also redesigned just like much of the car and the base model 911 gets a dual tipped exhaust pipes and the 911 S gets a quad designed exhaust pipes.
Porsche has stated that the new 911’s interior design was based on the Carrera GT. Functional buttons which operates the vehicle are grouped logically in clusters at the centre console. A seven inch touch screen monitor is mounted high enough to provide good visibility and also to provide easy access for the driver. On top this, the 911 gets Porsche’s familiar five round instrument gauges.
The highly detailed and exclusive interior is heavily wrapped in leather. Almost every part is wrapped in it. A distinguished feature in the interior is the tachometer. The gauge is coated in black for the 911 Carrera and silver for the Carrera S. all other gauges are in black, regardless of sub-model.
Now we will look into the best part of the 911 which is the engine. The 911 Carrera is fitted with a 3.4 litre water-cooled boxer engine that generates 350bhp. The car does the century sprint at 4.6 seconds with the seven-speed PDK transmission (4.4 with the Sports Chrono package). Top speed is at 289km/h (287km/h for the PDK version). Fuel consumption is at 8.2 litres with PDK transmission.
The Carrera S model gets a larger 3.8 litre boxer engine which generates 400bhp. 0-100km/h timing is at 4.3 seconds with the same PDK transmission (4.1 seconds for the Sports Chrono package). It has a top speed of 304km/h (302km/h with PDK transmission). Fuel consumption is at 8.5 litres for the PDK version.
The 2013 Porsche 911 is the first passenger car to feature a seven-speed manual transmission as a standard. The Carrera 911 does the 0-100km/h timing at 4.8 seconds while the Carrera S does it in 4.5 seconds; when fitted with the manual transmission option.
The car gets a McPherson suspension for the front wheels and multi-link suspension for the rear. An electromechanical power steering comes as a standard. The new power steering system provides precision handling and also saves fuel 0.1 litre of fuel for every 100km travelled, compared to a conventional hydraulic steering system.
Porsche’s Torque Vectoring technology comes as a standard on the Carrera S model and the new active Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control is offered as an option for the Carrera S.
The 2013 Porsche 911 has stepped into the limelight at the right moment where the previous (997) 911 has begun to look dated. And with new technologies and more efficient (not forgetting more powerful) engines, the car has succeeded in keeping Porsche’s traditional characteristics.
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