The eighth generation Porsche 911 was recently revealed at the Sepang International Race Circuit by Sime Darby Auto Performance (SDAP), authorised dealers of the vehicle in Malaysia. The launch took place against the backdrop of the 17th edition of Porsche Carrera Cup Asia race series, one of Asia’s premiere sports car racing events.
During the launch, the CEO of Sime Darby Auto Performance (SDAP) Christopher Hunter announced that Malaysia was the top market for the 911 in 2018 within the Porsche Asia Pacific region. Judging by the looks of this latest sleek model, there’s plenty of things that fans of Porsche can look forward to with the new 911.
“The new 911 is a reflection of the past and a vision of the future, with its iconic silhouette and timeless design. It remains a sports car icon that has retained the public’s fascination since its arrival in the automotive scene over half a century ago.”
The new 911 comes in two variants – Carrera S and Carrera 4S. Both sport a muscular build with seamless control for enhanced driving comfort and safety. Equipped with a 10.9-inch touch screen monitor, intelligent control and chassis elements, and innovative assistance systems, the new car fuses the timeless design of the classic 911 with cutting-edge technology.
The car boasts a wider front body, a wider variable-position spoiler at the rear, and LED headlights with four-point daytime running lights. Marked by clean, straight lines, the dashboard is a throwback to the first four generations of the 911 with an analogue rev counter taking centrestage.
Powered by the next generation of turbocharged flat-six engines, the new 911 is capable of 450 hp at 6,500 rpm, and a simultaneous torque of 530 Nm from 2,300 to 5,000 rpm. An additional eighth gear has been introduced to the fully redeveloped eight-speed PDK (the Porsche double clutch transmission) and this enables the car to zip from zero to 100kmph at 3.7 seconds (Carrera S) and 3.6 seconds (4S) with top speeds of 308 kmph and 306 kmph respectively.
For the first time ever, Porsche’s Wet Mode has been installed in the vehicle to help detect water on the road; another first is the Night Vision Assist with a thermal imaging camera. Adaptive cruise control options include reversible occupant protection, automatic distance control and emergency assist function.
The starting price of the new 911 Carrera S is MYR1,150,00; the 911 Carrera 4S starts at MYR1,220,000. For a glimpse of how this marque has evolved over the years, scroll through the gallery below (images provided by Sime Darby Auto Performance Sdn Bhd).