With its classic silhouette and performance that have only evolved with time, any automobile geek out there will recognize the Porsche 911 as a legendary sports car. First produced in 1963, the two-door car was ranked fifth in the 1999 ‘Car of the Century’ international poll, and only one of the two in the top five that is still in production. A perfect example of retaining the best of the past along with striving for the finest in the present, it’s no surprise that this has been the best-selling car of the company for decades.
The shiny new edition is being launched as the 911 Carrera Coupé and 911 Carrera Cabriolet, the former with a slick sloping rear roofline and the latter, a convertible roof. The cars have a width of 1,852mm, stretch out to a length of 4,519mm, and weigh in at between 1,505 and 1,635 kg. With a premium 3.0-litre, boxer engine with biturbo charging that pumps a horsepower of 385hp (283 kW), the 911 Carrera Coupé can speed up from 0-100 km/h in a whopping 4.2 seconds and reach top speeds of 293 km/h. Similarly, the 911 Carrera Cabriolet accelerates from 0-100 km/h in 4.4 seconds, with a top speed of 291 km/h. The 8-speed transmission is, of course, the world-renowned in-house dual-clutch gearbox system that is globally known as ‘PDK’ (Porsche Doppelkupplungsgetriebe, which makes the abbreviation necessary).
The models feature some snazzy features like electrical pop-out door handles, LED headlights, a full-length rear light bar, and a 10.9-inch touchscreen display powered by the Porsche Communication Management (PCM) that comes with innovative systems such as navigation, collision detection with braking intervention, as well as the Porsche Wet Mode that detects surface wetness through the wheels to maintain stability. An added Sport Chrono Package even decreases 0-100 km/h acceleration times by 0.2 seconds. The fuel consumption of the cars sits between 9 and 9.2 litres of fuel per 100 kilometres.
The models can be configured in the standard colours of White, Black, Guards Red and Racing Yellow, metallic colours like Carrara White, Jet Black, Dolomite Silver, Gentian Blue, Night Blue, Agate Grey, GT Silver and Aventurine Green, as well as a few special colours such as Karmin Red, Crayon, Lava Orange, Miami Blue and Lizard Green. For the Cabriolet, the convertible top can come in contrasting colours like black, blue, red and brown.