New Porsche 911 arrives, starting price at RM1.15mil

By JAY WONG | 12 July 2019

SEPANG: Sime Darby Auto Performance, the official importer of Porsche sports cars, has launched the 911 (992) Carrera S (rear-wheel drive - C2S) and Carrera 4S (all-wheel-driven - C4S) at the Sepang International Circuit.

Paying upwards of RM1.15mil for this eighth-generation Porsche 911 will get buyers the C2S variant while the C4S costs RM1.22mil onwards and will include a four-year warranty with free maintenance (parts and labour too).

With two larger turbochargers and improved fuel injectors, the output of the bi-turbo 3.0-litre flat-six engine gets upped to 450PS (+30PS) at 6,500rpm and 530Nm (+30Nm) of torque from 2,300 to 5,000rpm against its predecessor - the 991.2 Carrera S. The rumble is released by integrated dual-exhaust ports at the rear.

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Depending on model-variant, power delivery is managed by a new eight-speed PDK (Porsche Doppelkupplungsgetriebe - Double-Clutch gearbox), which allows it to sprint from 0 to 100kph in 3.7 seconds (3.5 seconds with Sport Chrono Package) before reaching a top speed of 308kph (306kph in the C4S)

While weighing around 1.6-tonnes, the wheelbase of 2,450mm separates the front 20-inch and rear 21-inch wheels while measuring in at 4,519mm-long, 1,852mm-wide and 1,300mm-tall.

It now features larger front air intakes, integrated deployable rear-spoiler, new electrical-pop-out handles and LEDs for the main projector headlights, four-point daytime running lights and of course the rear light cluster, light bar and third brake light.

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Not to mention, there's also the new Porsche Wet Mode that makes driving in the rain a lot safer and will be included as standard across all new 911 variants.

The system will warn the driver in advance, who can then adjust the vehicle's settings to emphasise on safety at the push of a button or simply use the mode switch on the steering wheel (Sport Chrono Package).

There's also an Emergency braking system that uses camera-based signals as well as a brake assist system (fitted as standard) which may subsequently be initiated if it detects that a collision is imminent.

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Other added cost options include Night Vision Assist (with a thermal imaging camera), adaptive cruise control, stop-and-go function, reversible occupant protection and an autonomous Emergency Assist function.

Thanks to the efforts of Ivan von Hulten, the 2+2 interior has been redesigned extensively to now employ a larger 10.9-inch touchscreen display for the Porsche Communication Management as well as the newly designed electronic gear shifter, control switches and a pair of lighter front seats (-3kg).

“The new 911 remains a sports car icon that has retained the public’s fascination since its arrival in the automotive scene over half a century ago. Due to the passionate and loyal following here, it comes as no surprise that Malaysia is the top market for the 911 in 2018 within the Porsche Asia Pacific region," said Sime Darby Auto Performance chief executive officer Christopher Hunter.

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