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New Porsche 911 plays it safe with Wet mode

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The 992 generation Porsche 911 has made its debut at this year’s Los Angeles Auto Show. Unless you’re are Porsche nerd, you probably wouldn’t be able to tell the difference between its predecessor.

Which i think is good. The 911 should always retain its iconic shape and lines. The designers have played it safe by giving it some minor, yet necessary upgrades. Take the door handles for instance, they now sit flush with the doors and pop-out electrically. However, they do end up looking like an old school flap type handles. There are new Matrix LED headlamps and at the rear, the tail lamps are connected by a light strip which makes the car appear more wider.

Speaking of the width, the body is 45 mm wider at the front. Except the front and rear sections, the entire outer skin is now made from aluminium, Porsche says. The wheel arch housings are significantly wider, apparently, and they accommodate 20-inch wheels at front and 21-inch at the rear.

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The fresh interiors are home to a 10.9-inch PCM which comes with online navigation based on swarm data as standard. The instrument cluster has analogue rev counter flanked by digital displays. Thankfully, there are a good number of physical buttons too. The ones under the central display includes buttons for Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC) and to turn off the ESC/Traction Control.

For the first time, the new 911 gets Wet Mode, as standard.  This function can detect water on the road, preconditions the control systems accordingly and warns the driver, who can further set up the vehicle for more safety, by simply pushing a button or using the mode switch on the steering wheel (Sport Chrono Package).

The warning and brake assist system, also included as standard. Options list includes rear wheel steering, Night Vision Assist with a thermal imaging camera, and adaptive cruise control which includes automatic distance control, stop-and-go function, reversible occupant protection and an autonomous Emergency Assist function.

At launch there’ll be Carerra S and Carerra 4S models. The 3.0-litre (2,981 cc) flat-six twin-turbo has been reworked for efficiency and power. The injection process has been improved and there’s a new layout for the turbochargers and charge air cooling system.

The engine develops 331 kW or 444 bhp – an increase of 22 kW compared with the previous model. Transmission is an 8-speed dual-clutch automatic. A manual transmission is also coming, reportedly.

Porsche says that both 911 models beat the 4-second mark for acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h: the rear-wheel drive Coupe needs 3.7 seconds while the 911 Carrera 4S with all-wheel drive does it in 3.6 seconds. This makes both cars 0.4 seconds faster than the previous model. With the optional Sport Chrono Package, both models are 0.2 seconds faster. The top speeds are now 308 km/h (911 Carrera S) and 306 km/h for the all-wheel-drive version.

The new Porsche 911 can make you wet, but when there’s wetness, it can keep you safe! 😀 😀 Okay, okay, i’ll stop now.

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