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Porsche 911 Coupe Review Video
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PROS

  • Appetite-whetting performance
  • Sublime, adjustable handling
  • Simple, modern interior
  • Technology complements the experience

CONS

  • No manual transmission (for now)
  • Limited initial range of choices
  • Vast and expensive array of options
  • Does it look too similar to its predecessor?

At a glance

New price £84,128 - £84,128
Lease from new From £968 per month
Used price £74,250 - £93,830
Fuel economy 31 - 31 mpg
Road tax cost £465
Insurance group 50 How much is it to insure?

PROS

  • Appetite-whetting performance
  • Sublime, adjustable handling
  • Simple, modern interior
  • Technology complements the experience

CONS

  • No manual transmission (for now)
  • Limited initial range of choices
  • Vast and expensive array of options
  • Does it look too similar to its predecessor?

Porsche 911 Coupe rivals

Mercedes-Benz
AMG GT
4.1 out of 5 4.1

You might need a doctorate in forensic analysis to know for sure, but this is the eighth-generation Porsche 911 Coupe. No, honestly it is.

Stylistically, the 911's design is the most careful of automotive evolutions, primarily because buyers want their car to be unmistakably a 911. Simple as.

Known internally as the 992-type, the Mk8 911 faces its traditional foes of the Aston Martin Vantage, Audi’s R8 Coupe, Ferrari’s 488, the Lamborghini Huracan Evo and the Mercedes-AMG GT, although none of those features the Porsche’s historic rear-engined layout.

What exactly is the 911 Coupe?

There’ll be a whole family of 911 variants over the coming years, but initially British customers are limited to the Carrera S and Carrera 4S Coupes, the latter with four-wheel drive.

The range will be topped and tailed by ‘regular’ Carreras, as well as more powerful GTS, Turbo, GT3 and GT2 versions – but some of those won’t make an appearance until the early 2020s.

Similarly, the Coupe isn't the only bodystyle on offer. There's the soft-top 911 Cabriolet already and a new 911 Targa in the pipeline.

As with all generations of 911, the latest model has a pair of small rear seats that can be folded over to boost its luggage-carrying ability, while the styling gives a mild update to themes from the outgoing model, even though the bodywork is fresh. The newcomer’s recessed, continuous LED light bar and electric pop-out door handles look particularly slick, with a choice of rear-end designs - the standard look and the more rounded Sport Design Pack.

Strong performance from powerful engine range

Given that there will be significantly quicker versions of the eight-generation Porsche 911 Coupe to come, you’d be forgiven for imagining the launch-spec Carrera S and Carrera 4S might not be all that fast. Not a bit of it.

Porsche has tweaked the twin-turbocharged, horizontally opposed six-cylinder engine (think of it as a V6 with a 180-degree arc between the cylinder banks) to produce a rude 450hp, representing a 30hp increase.

This inevitably makes the new models quicker than their immediate forebears. Both versions complete the 0-62mph acceleration sprint 0.4 seconds faster than their predecessors: the Carrera S requires a scant 3.7 seconds for the benchmark, the additional four-wheel drive traction of the 4S shaving 0.1 seconds off that.

Porsche 911 interior

Opt for the Sport Chrono Package and you can slither a further 0.2 seconds from both of those times. Top speed for the Carrera S is 191mph, while the slightly heavier four-wheel drive Carrera 4S tops-out at 190mph.

In spite of that rapidity, Porsche’s official claims are that the new 911 Coupe will return around 31mpg depending upon the model, with CO2 emissions between 205 and 206g/km.

The conduit between the engine hanging beyond the rear axle and the driven wheels is a new eight-speed PDK dual-clutch automatic transmission. We do expect a manual – probably an updated version of the existing seven-speeder – but it’s not available straight away.

Will there be an electric version of the 911?

Yes, we’re expecting a plug-in hybrid version of the Mk8 911 to join the range within a couple of years of launch, given Porsche’s expertise with E-Hybrid versions of both the Panamera luxury saloon and Cayenne SUV.

It’s theoretically possible – but unlikely at this stage – that a fully electric 911 could form part of the range later in the model’s lifecycle providing Porsche doesn’t feel it will negate from the sports car range’s overall appeal.

Porsche is producing an electric-only range, the Taycan, a four-door sports coupe set to go on sale towards the end of 2019.

What else do we know about it?

Technology marches on and has swept the 911 along with it. This is immediately obvious in the cabin, where an analogue rev-counter is flanked by a pair of adaptable screens, while the multimedia system is controlled by a wide 10.9-inch touchscreen.

Further advances that debut on the eighth-generation 911 Coupe include a Wet driving mode that monitors for damp surfaces and preconditions various safety and control systems in anticipation of the inferior traction being available.

Additionally there are two web-based apps that Porsche claims enhance the 911 ownership experience.

Road Trip helps enthusiasts plan long, ‘experience’ journeys with pre-prepared routes along with points-of-interest and hotel recommendations, while Impact calculates financial contributions that 911 drivers can make to offset their CO2 footprint. How popular that one proves remains to be seen…

Read our Porsche 911 Coupe (2012-2019) review

Read our Porsche 911 Cabriolet review

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Porsche 911 Coupe rivals

Mercedes-Benz
AMG GT
4.1 out of 5 4.1

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