No sports car in history can match the continuity of excellence delivered by the Porsche 911. Its fusion of old and new is unprecedented. The rear-engined layout has hardly changed since the car was launched in 1963, but, remember, hardly a single part has remained the same and the latest car can rightly claim to be the most charismatic and technically accomplished in its class.
An icon? Certainly – but only because Porsche doesn’t rest and continues its development. The designers focused on making the new 911 appear even more precise, and by doing so they created the blueprint for its future. With a new lighting design and characteristic four-spot LED daytime running lights, which have now been incorporated into the Bi-Xenon main headlights. With direction indicators that are even slimmer than they were before. For a Porsche that is recognisably a 911, even from a distance.
The front has been reshaped for an even sportier look. The air intake design is even more succinct. In the side air intakes, new active air intake flaps control aerodynamics and cooling performance as required.
In summary: the new 911 shows plenty of bite. And the future has whetted its appetite.
The interior of a Porsche is infused with over 60 years of experience in sports car construction. You can feel it in the materials, which are easy to grip and are exquisitely made. You can see it in the sporty design. And it communicates itself with every second of driving, thanks to excellent ergonomics and comfort.
Not an everyday sports car then, but a sports car for everyday use. It’s clear the moment you get in, and find an astonishing amount of leg and head room.
The new sports steering wheel speaks the language of motorsport. The design is based on the steering wheel of the 918 Spyder and combines style with purism and a high level of functionality. It’s a joy to hold, the material is delectable to the touch and it’s perfectly weighted in action.
Tradition meets innovation. The result? Futurism, but of the Porsche kind.
ENGINE New 3.0 litre power plant with six horizontally opposed cylinders, direct fuel injection (DFI), VarioCam Plus
(This great engine has been one of the main factors in Porsche’s enduring success. And the sound!)
MAX POWER 370 hp (272 kW) @ 6,500 rpm
MAX TORQUE 450 Nm @ 1,700 – 5,600 rpm
(The mark of a great engine is the ability to generate max power from low down, and 1,700 rpm is athletically uber excellent)
MAX SPEED 293 kph (80 – 120 kph in 2.7secs)
(Explosive pick-up power is super appreciated in traffic situations)
TRANSMISSION Rear-wheel drive with super-efficient PDK gearbox (no interruption in the flow of power)
(It’s great just to listen to this gearbox in operation, changing up without skipping a beat and helping you to brake while changing down. And the sound!)
EXTERIOR New four-spot LED daytime running lights (now becoming a Porsche trademark) now incorporated into the Bi-Xenon main headlights; larger air intakes, wings higher than the front lid make the front of the 911 unmistakable; silhouette is typically 911, proportions and contouring follow the 911 tradition; at the rear, more muscular styling encapsulates the new, harder-beating heart of the new 911, narrow LED tail lights accentuating the horizontal contouring of the rear; finally, single-tube stainless steel tailpipes – an unmistakable Porsche feature.
INTERIOR Everything is within easy reach and exclusively designed to suit the driver; new high quality seven-inch multi-touchscreen on centre console, highest quality materials and the latest technology enable you to remain comfortable and maintain composure when pushed to the extreme.
SAFETY/SECURITY Every system – suspension, chassis, cabin and power delivery – is engineered to enhance performance and driver satisfaction, and at the same time to strengthen the active and passive safety capabilities of an awesome driving machine
The Porsche Centre (Al Boraq Auto) on Airport Street will be pleased to arrange a test drive of the latest 911 Carrera or any of its sports cars and sports SUVs for Marhaba readers. Call 4459 9666 or visit Porsche Centre Doha website.
Al Boraq Auto/The Porsche Centre Doha is located at the end of Airport Street, just before Air Force InterChange, in Al Thumama Zone 47.
Author: Terry Sutcliffe
Note: This article has been extracted from Marhaba’s Issue No 66 Autumn 2016 from the ‘Motoring’ section. For more car reviews, pick up Marhaba’s Issue No 66 Autumn 2016 – only QAR20 from the nearest hypermarket or bookstore to you.
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