2019 Porsche 911 revealed: price, specs and release date
Everything you need to know about the new 992-generation Porsche 911 sports car, which will go on sale early next year...
On sale February 2019 Price from £84,000 (est)
Aside from a blip in the late 1990s, styling updates to the Porsche 911 sports car have generally been about as radical as putting milk in your tea, and Porsche wasn’t about to change that approach with the new model. However, the subtly revised looks do hide some significant technical changes.
For the first time, every engine in the line-up will be turbocharged, marking the end of the characterful but dirty naturally aspirated units found in more hardcore versions of the outgoing car.
What’s more, Porsche will eventually offer two four-wheel-drive plug-in hybrid variants, including a flagship model with more than 600bhp and a top speed of almost 200mph.
2019 Porsche 911 engines
Before the hybrids, though, we'll get replacements for some of today's conventional models, including the entry-level Carrera and the more powerful Carrera S. Both will still be available in rear and four-wheel-drive forms, and with a choice of manual and PDK automatic gearboxes, but they'll be faster than ever.
For example, the new Carrera S (the first model to go on sale), produces an extra 30bhp, taking it up to 444bhp and cutting the 0-62mph time from 4.1sec to 3.7sec in the rear-wheel-drive PDK car, and from 4.3sec to 3.6sec in four-wheel-drive guise. Meanwhile, top speeds are 191mph and 190mph respectively.
2019 Porsche 911 hybrids
While Porsche hasn't yet confirmed details of the hybrids, we understand that the batteries will be positioned up front, counterbalancing the 911’s rear-mounted engine and giving the car almost perfect 50/50 weight distribution for the first time in its long history.
However, Porsche enthusiasts will no doubt be relieved to learn that both hybrids will retain the 911’s traditional flat six engine configuration, instead of downsizing to four-cylinder units.
Expect the cheaper of the two, badged Carrera 4 E-Hybrid, to be priced at a similar level to the new Carrera S, which costs £93,110. The more powerful Turbo S E-Hybrid is likely to be positioned closer to today’s £147,540 Turbo S.
2019 Porsche 911 styling changes
At the front, the most obvious visual changes are to the headlights, which now feature a distinctive 'X' pattern when illuminated, and the bonnet, which gets a more pronounced recess inspired by the one on early 911s.
Another detail that harks back to 911s of old is the full-width rear light bar. But where rear-wheel-drive Carrera models have traditionally been narrower across the rear haunches than the four-wheel-drive Carrera 4s, all 911s now get the wider, more muscular look.
Two large, oval exhausts add to the sense of drama, while the door handles of the new car sit flush with the body, before popping out electrically when needed.
2019 Porsche 911 technology
Other new features include an eight rather than seven-speed PDK gearbox and a Porsche Wet mode that can detect water on the road and adjusts the car's stability control to suit. Meanwhile, inside there’s a 10.9in touchscreen infotainment system, and the large analogue rev counter that remains the focal point of the instrument panel is now flanked by two customisable digital readouts.
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2019 Porsche 911 Carrera S PDK specification
Price £93,110 Engine 6cyl, 2981cc, turbo, petrol Power 444bhp Torque tbc Gearbox 8-spd dual-clutch automatic 0-62mph 3.7sec Top speed 191mph Economy 31.7mpg (NEDC average) CO2, tax band 205g/km, 37%
Best sports cars for less than £60k
Can't stretch to a new Porsche 911? Don't worry, because here we count down the top 10 sports cars for less than £60,000 – and reveal the ones to avoid:
10. Lotus Elise
It may be getting on a bit, but the Elise remains a proper sports car that's full of sensation. It demands dedication for day-to-day use, but is worth the effort.
9. Abarth 124 Spider
The Abarth is a sportier version of the Fiat 124 Spider, which is itself based on the hugely successful Mazda MX-5. The Abarth offers more power and a sportier character than its relations, but it's pricey next to them, too.
8. Jaguar F-Type Coupé
While Jaguar offers the F-Type with a 2.0-litre turbocharged engine, it's the supercharged V6 that we recommend, because it sounds much better and carries only a small premium. It also gives you the option of a manual gearbox, whereas the 2.0-litre model is automatic-only.
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