Published: Fri, November 30, 2018
Tech | By Constance Martin

Porsche 911 GT2 RS Clubsport Unveiled in Los Angeles with 700 HP

Porsche 911 GT2 RS Clubsport Unveiled in Los Angeles with 700 HP

The 2020 Porsche 911sports vehicle made its world debut at the 2018 LA Auto Show on Tuesday.

It's an impressive feat, designing a new 911 to look like a classic - but not too classic - especially when the same basic design has changed little for over 50 years.

It's slightly wider and longer than before, though even if you had them side-by-side you might not see it. When a lot of water is detected, the auto warns the driver and, once enabled, adjusts both the throttle curve and the differential settings to enable better and more reliable handling in low-grip situations.

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. The wheels - 21-inch at the back, 20-inch at the front - are also designed as a modern take on the famous Fuchs alloys that have graced 911s for decades.

The 911 Carrera S Coupé with PDK costs from £93,110 and the 911 Carrera 4S Coupé with PDK from £98,418.

Powering the 911 Carrera S and 911 Carrera 4 is a is a turbocharged flat-six engine which now produces 450 PS (331 kW), a 30PS increase in power compared to the previous generation model. That's a 23 hp bump over the old vehicle. Porsche says this has cut 0.4 seconds off the 0-100km/h sprint with the rear-wheel drive Carrera S managing the feat in 3.7 seconds and the all-wheel drive 4S in 3.6 seconds. The power translates to a 3.3-second 0-60 time, or 3.2-seconds if you opt for the all-wheel-drive version. The engine is paired to a seven-speed dual clutch gearbox that can be controlled via paddles on the steering wheel. A manual will be offered sometime later for those who still prefer to row their own.

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As for the technology, there Porsche has been fairly liberal.

August Achleitner, vice president of the Porsche 911 and 718 product lines, detailed some of the trickier parts of developing an all-new take on the world's favourite rear-engined sports vehicle. It'll also warn the driver of the change in conditions. Front collision warning and autonomous emergency braking are standard on all models, plus adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go and, for the first time, a night-vision system with a thermal imaging camera.

Similarly welcome is the cabin redesign. A center stack filled with buttons is replaced by a slick, clickable panel like the one on the Panamera. The PDK selector is perhaps a little odd in its proportions, but generally the knurled switchgear and significantly larger 10.9-inch touchscreen are a huge step forward.

One new software integration is the 'Porsche Road Trip software which helps to plan and organise routes to drive on. Individually curated routes in the US, Germany, Austria, and Switzerland - with more to come - include the best roads to drive along, including interesting views and the pick of restaurants and hotels. The dashboard has clear, straight lines with recessed instruments, inspired by 911 models from the 1970s. That's a cunning strategy, given the increasing number of performance cars from a wide range of manufacturers.

According to Porsche South Africa, the new 911 is likely to reach local shores around the middle of 2019, with indicative pricing to be announced shortly. Top speed for the S is set at 191mph (307km/h) and for the 4S at 190mph (305km/h).

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