The first rung of the new 911 ladder is now occupied with the reveal of the Porsche 992 911 Carrera Coupe and Cabriolet. All-wheel drive Carrera 4 models will be available shortly.
Mechanically it is very similar to both its predecessor and the more powerful Carrera S that’s already been revealed, powered by a 3.0-litre twin-turbo flat-six producing 283kW and 450Nm.
That’s 48kW/80Nm less than the Carrera S but 11kW more than the previous base Carrera. Acceleration from 0-100km/h is claimed to take 4.2sec for the Coupe, or 4.0sec when optioned with Sport Chrono, while top speed is 293km/h.
An eight-speed dual-clutch is currently the only available transmission, but we’d expect a seven-speed manual to appear at a later date for three-pedal fans.
Braking is provided by 330mm discs and four-piston calipers at both ends, while the wheels are an inch smaller than on the S, measuring 19s on the front and 20s at the rear wrapped in 235/40 and 295/35 tyres respectively.
Like its more powerful sibling, the 992 Carrera uses the widebody shell which allows for expanded tracks and a larger footprint on the road. Despite its extra size an increase in the amount of aluminium and high-strength steel makes the body lighter than its predecessor, though weight has crept up.
The biggest alterations have taken place inside, where the base Carrera apes the S by adopting a brand new interior design with substantially upgraded connectivity, a 10.9-inch touchscreen display and a pair of digital displays that flank the iconic central analogue tachometer.
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The 911 Carrera Coupé starts from $229,500 in Australia, with the Cabriolet costing an extra chunk for $251,000. Porsche Australia says for that, customers get plenty as standard, including lane change assist, 14-way heated seats, a BOSE sound system, and metallic paint.
The new 911 Carrera is available to order locally now, with deliveries expected to commence in Q4 this year.