BANGKOK, August 10 -- The new 992-generation Porsche 911 is now fully launched in the Thailand and the iconic sports car based on the 911 series gets non-S power and lower prices.
How much slower is it than the S?
After Porsche launched its latest generation 911 Carrera late last year in S guise, it has revealed the base version. Dubbed simply as Carrera, the entry-level 911 receives the same 3.0-litre twin-turbo flat-six albeit with 385hp, 65hp less than the Carrera S and 15hp more than in the outgoing 991-based predecessor. When equipped with eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, the Carrera goes from 0-100kph in 4.2sec. That’s half a second slower than the Carrera S with the same gearbox.
How much cheaper is it in price?
Thai pricing has yet to be finalised. But given that the Carrera S commands a circa-10% price premium in Europe, the Carrera could cost from under 11 million baht in Thailand. Due to its lower performance and market position, the Carrera gets smaller 19in wheels and 330mm disc brakes with calipers painted in black. The Carrera S, which sells for 11.5 million baht, has 20in wheels and larger discs (410mm up front and 390mm on the rear) with red calipers. The Cabriolet version is also available albeit with slightly higher pricing and slower 0-100kph acceleration time than the hard-top variant.
The other 992 models in the pipeline
As is customary, Porsche will fill every conceivable niche with its benchmark sports car - and we've got the lowdown from humble Carrera 2 to top-brass 911 Turbo, from soft-top convertibles to the red-hot new GT3 version. This is when you can expect to see the new 911 range derivatives:
And a 911 Targa?
Our spy photographers snapped the Targa version of the 992, and if we’re honest, it’s everything we expected. The Targa implementation at the back of the car looks very similar to what we’ve seen on previous 911s, and aside from a little tape, the car isn’t really camouflaged at all. Do you prefer the Targa to the ‘standard’ cabriolet? Let us know in the comments.