Saar: For the time being, we get two variants – Coupé and Cabriolet versions of the Carrera S.
After unveiling the eighth-gen 911 Coupé in Los Angeles in November last year and the 911 Cabriolet in January this year, Porsche has launched both iterations of the iconic sports car in India. For the time being, we get two variants – the Carrera S Coupé and the Carrera S Cabriolet. While the former wears a price tag of Rs 1.82 crore, the latter, at Rs 1.99 crore, is Rs 17 lakh dearer (both prices are ex-showroom India).
Both derivatives of the Porsche 911 are powered by a 3.0-litre, flat-six petrol engine which produces 450PS/530Nm. Compared to the previous-gen model, the new one has 30PS/30Nm more to play with. Transmission duties are handled by an 8-speed, dual-clutch automatic transmission which sends the power to the rear wheels. Porsche claims that the 0-100kmph time and the top speed for the 911 Coupé are 3.7 seconds and 308kmph, respectively. The figures, in the same order, for the Cabriolet are 3.9 seconds and 306kmph, respectively. Get the optional Sport Chrono Package and the acceleration times will tumble by 0.2 seconds.
To an untrained set of eyes, the new 911 looks almost exactly like the previous one. However, Porsche likes doing things in its own unique and subtle manner. The eighth-gen model is 45mm wider at the front, gets a light bar at the rear which joins the taillamp enclosures at either end, boasts electric pop-out door handles and rides on 20-inch wheels at the front and 21-inch at the rear.
A similar subtle makeover has been given to the interiors. The clean and crisp dashboard houses a typical Porsche instrument cluster which has an analogue tachometer in the centre, flanked by two digital displays. Accompanying that is a 10.9-inch touchscreen infotainment screen which, like the displays in the instrument cluster, can be operated using the buttons on the steering wheel. The seats are now three kilograms lighter and have been positioned five millimetres lower than before. Porsche claims that even though the cushioning has been reduced, the overall comfort factor has improved.
The Cabriolet has its party piece too – the soft-top roof which can be electrically tucked away to gain unlimited headroom. The roof can be opened or closed in just 12 seconds at speeds of up to 50kmph. For those who are worried about spoiling their hairdos, Porsche has thought about you guys and installed a wind deflector. So even at high speeds, the Porsche 911 Cabriolet won’t transform you or your company into someone unrecognisable.
In India, the Porsche 911 range rivals the likes of the Nissan GT-R, Mercedes-AMG GT, Maserati GranTurismo and the Jaguar F-Type. If you had the money, which one out of the lot will you bring home?