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2019 Porsche 911 Speedster First Drive Review | More than a droptop GT3

The biggest news regarding Porsche in 2018 was the announcement of the emergence of a brand new 911 in 2019, which took all the headlines of the authoritative press. Known internally as 992, the eighth generation 911 with a reinforced hull is ready to start in the summer. By then, current versions of the 911 will be sold as 2019 models. In the dust of mad excitement, meanwhile, do not forget that the current 911 is a good sports car, which bears the title of the flagship of the German automaker since the 1960s.

Porsche 911 is available as a convertible, coupe and coupe with engines behind and drive on the rear or all wheels. The most affordable model is the 911 Carrera coupe, while one of the most expensive was the GT2 RS. Direct rivals of the Porsche creations are considered to be the Chevrolet Corvette, Jaguar F-Type, Aston Martin Vantage and the Mercedes-AMG GT.

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Are you looking for a reliable, sports car suitable for everyday use, with a pedigree from the 60s of the last century? Porsche 911 2019 at your service. The car deservedly received the title of flagship with a good level of practicality, which explains why so many people consider it almost the best sports car in the world.

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If you want true performance and payback, the Chevrolet Corvette bypasses the Porsche 911, offering no worse dynamics for less.

New in 2019

Since last year, has not changed much, however, to the lineup of 2019 was joined by the GT3 RS. At 520 horsepower, this is Porsche's most powerful turbocharged car. In General, at the discretion of the buyers this year are more than 20 variants of the 911.

Driving experience

Modern 911 is very fast, but it does not affect the level of everyday comfort. New engines for 2018 have been tested and proven reliable, demonstrating the desired dynamics and saving fuel. The seven-speed gearbox is available for most of the new 911. Meanwhile, our attention was drawn to the seven-speed PDK automatic box with double clutch. The reaction speed and smoothness deserve praise. The system of adjustment of rigidity of shock-absorbers "Porsche Active Suspension Management" uses active dampers to soften the turn without sacrificing the legendary abilities of the car to conquer the twists and turns. As before, the "Sport Chrono" package allows the 911 driver to select different control modes.

The new Porsche GT3 RS is potentially the most powerful non-turbocharged 911, capable of reaching 100 km/h in 3.2 seconds. This is a few tenths of a second faster than the previous RS. Most of the credit goes to the 4.0-liter six-cylinder engine at 520 horsepower and 470 Nm. The maximum speed of the car is 317 km/h. Standard pair it is a seven-speed PDK automatic box with double clutch, as well as lightweight titanium mufflers. Cool parts were the roof of the magnesium alloy and the wings with the trunk lid, trimmed with carbon fiber.

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No one wants his expensive 911 to hurt his nose, meanwhile, in front of us is a very low-set car. The solution to the problem can be an optional hydraulic system, where the front axle with a single push of a button will rise by 3.8 cm at speeds up to 60 km/h.
Porsche brakes are famous for their power, so you should not be stingy and consider the available ceramic-composite brakes. Cast iron brake discs are replaced by large, perforated discs reinforced with carbon fiber. Last known length of service and a near impossible time of overheating.

More about the Porsche 911

In most sports cars you sit on the floor, looking at the world from below. But this isn't about 911. In Porsche's creation, the driver gets a very natural position with excellent visibility in all directions. This is one of the reasons why 911 is so convenient for everyday use. The build quality is at a very high level. Some placement of controls in the interior of the Porsche 911 2019 may seem heavy, but over time, everyone comes to the conclusion that everything is where it should be. Developers continue to place the ignition to the left of the steering wheel, which takes time to get used to.

Does the Porsche 911 look identical to the 1965 models? Not quite, but this German is not exactly betrayed roots, which in its own good, because before us is one of the most recognizable, sports cars in the world. Often cars have become parodies of themselves, instead the modern 911 simply pays tribute to its predecessors without copying them. With wide wings and a low landing, the 911 has become the epitome of power and elegance, making everyone turn their heads, without the extra "Look at me" statements.

Basic configuration

All 911 are supplied with a good list of equipment, which got the system of regulating the stiffness of shock absorbers "Porsche Active Suspension Management" and the first free scheduled maintenance. Models Carrera 4, Targa 4 and Turbo standard received four-wheel drive. In addition to the eight airbags, a wide range of electrical stabilizers and high-performance brakes with 13 ventilated rotors are taken care of. Other basic elements for the 911 were: four front seat adjustment modes, heated rear window, leather trim, xenon headlights, dual-zone climate control, infotainment system with LCD touch screen and Apple CarPlay, 9-speaker audio system with USB port and Bluetooth.

Optional equipment

There are many options for 911. Available are adaptive cruise control, access function without the key, the sensor of the occurrence of blind spots and audio controls on the steering wheel. In addition, there is a rear wheel control system that improves maneuverability and stability at high speeds. The available hydraulic system will lift the nose of the car by 3.8 cm to avoid damage. The list of options also includes front seats with ventilation and many adjustment modes, audio system with 12 speakers, ceramic-composite brakes, package "Sport Chrono" with programming start control, short-term boost pressure function and dynamic chassis control.

Under the hood

Models Porsche 911 Carrera, Carrera T, Carrera 4, Carrera Cabriolet, Carrera 4 Cabriolet, Targa 4 are available with a 3.0-liter six-cylinder turbo engine with 370 horsepower and 450 Nm. It is assembled by a seven-speed manual transmission. A seven-speed PDK automatic box is available as an option. The default drive to the rear wheels. Acceleration to a hundred occurs in 4.5 seconds.
Fuel consumption is at the level of 13.5 l/100km in the city, 7.1 l/100km in the country, and 9.5 l/100km in a mixed cycle. The four-wheel drive car accelerates in the same 4.5 seconds, spending 8.7 l/100km in a mixed cycle. For power models Carrera S, Carrera 4S, Carrera S Cabriolet, Carrera 4S Cabriolet, Targa 4S meets 3.0-liter six-cylinder turbo engine at 420 horsepower and 500 Nm. With the drive to the rear wheels and a mechanical box acceleration occurs in 4.3 seconds. Fuel consumption is 12.2 l/100km in the city, 6.6 l/100km outside and 8.7 l/100km on average.

The all-wheel drive model 911 accelerates in 4.2 seconds, spending 8.9 l/100km in a mixed cycle. Models Carrera GTS, Carrera GTS Cabriolet, Carrera 4 GTS, Carrera 4 GTS Cabriolet, Targa 4 GTS boast a 450 horsepower and 550 Nm turbo engine. With a mechanical box and rear-wheel drive acceleration occurs in 4.1 seconds, with automatic PDK - 3.7 seconds. Fuel consumption with mechanics is at the level of 9.4 l/100km in a mixed cycle, with the machine - 8.3 l/100, respectively. Turbo models will delight 3.8-liter six-cylinder turbo engine at 540 horsepower and 660 Nm. With the standard all-wheel drive and automatic PDK transmission, overclocking takes 3.0 seconds.

Fuel consumption reaches 11.8 l/100km in the city, 7.5 l/100km outside and 9.1 l/100km on average. Models Turbo S, 911 Turbo S Cabriolet hit turbo engine for 580 horses and 700 Nm. With all-wheel drive and automatic box, the car accelerates in 2.9 seconds, spending the same 9.1 l/100km on average. The model 911 GT3 with a 4.0-liter six-cylinder engine for 500 horses and 460 nm Stood out. A pair of him is a six-speed mechanical box. Rear-wheel drive. Acceleration takes 3.9 seconds, fuel consumption is limited to 12.9 l/100km in a mixed cycle.

With the automatic PDK transmission, the car will be enough for 3.4 seconds acceleration, with fuel consumption of 12.7 l/100km in the combined cycle. The new model GT3 RS got the engine at 520 horsepower and 470 Nm. Hundreds of car with it reaches in 3.2 seconds. The top position is occupied by the GT2 RS model with a 3.8-liter six-cylinder turbo engine for 700 horses and 750 Nm. In a few he got an automatic PDK transmission. Rear-wheel drive. Acceleration to hundreds occurs in 2.8 seconds. Fuel consumption is 18.1 l/100km in city, 8.2 l/100km in the country, and 11.8 l/100km in a mixed cycle.

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