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2019 Porsche 911 Carerra S Review | carsales

2019 Porsche 911 Carerra S Review | carsales

The new Porsche 911 has landed in Australia, the eighth generation of a sports car that
now spans 56 years. Now when you go and make changes to a 911
it’s a little bit like trying to renovate a heritage-listed building. I reckon engineers have probably done a pretty
good job but I’m going to take this thing for a spin just to be sure. The evolutional pedigree of the Porsche 911
is legendary, thanks in part to a rear-engine ethos that
separates the German sports car from pretty much everything else. For the eighth instalment, Porsche has gone
all out; not that you can particularly tell on face
value. The obvious change is that the 992 is faster
courtesy of new symmetrical turbochargers and tweaks to the 3.0-litre turbo flat six. First impression is that it feels like a 911
and that’s probably the biggest praise that you could heap on the 992. The steering for one is spot on. It wasn’t that it was bad in the 991 but
now it’s just got that crispness and that real organic feel to it. It’s sharp enough on turn-in, and yet it’s
not darty in anyway and that’s a really, really hard balance to strike. This car’s ride is as good as any 911 that
I’ve ever sampled and I think there’s been a huge leap forward in terms of noise
suppression. You’re no longer getting that ever-present
tire roar behind your head. It’s now a lot quieter inside the cabin. The improvements aren’t by coincidence. The 992 sits on a wider footprint, has active
engine mounts, and is stiffer than its predecessor. As for the powertrain, it has been massaged
to produce more power and torque. While Carrera S and Carrera 4S share the same
outputs, it is the all-wheel-drive version that really exploits that drive out of corners. Elsewhere, engineers have effectively added
another ratio to the PDK transmission enabling an overdrive-style eighth gear. It means that at highway speeds, the 911 now
pedals along at a lazy 1400rpm. When you do up the ante it’s hard not to
be blown away by the 911’s potential. Remember, this is essentially the base model
car, or one step up from the base model Carrera. And it’s incredible. This is the same car that I was just praising
for its on-road ability, yet it has 331kW. It will dispatch the 0-100 time in three-and-a-half seconds and it just performs on track. It is a genuine turnkey racetrack car. This is the best-sounding turbocharged engine
that I’ve heard bar none. Elsewhere the 911 is on point. The gearbox, super sharp. It has this uncanny ability to read what the
driver wants but the biggest thing with the 911, thanks for that rear-engine ethos, is the
mechanical grip that’s on offer. It is really hard to unseat this car into
a bend. I mean you’ve really got to be hamfisted
with the controls to get it to step out, but even when it does it’s not unsavable or
scary or anything else. This thing is the consummate sports car. It does everything well. The eight-speed PDK will eventually be joined
by a manual transmission later this year, along with the regular Carrera base model. Beyond that you can expect the usual onslaught
of GT and Turbo cars and given the performance on offer here, that’s a mouthwatering prospect. Now, arguably the biggest development of the
992 is yet to come. Under the skin, wedged between the gearbox
casing, is space for a disc-shaped electric motor. Yes the 911 is going hybrid and you can only
imagine the sort of gains that’s going to bring to performance. Until then, though, this is undoubtedly the best
version of the 911 we’ve come across. This car really does get better with age.

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