Entry to a brand-new 992-generation Porsche 911 just got $35,500 more affordable in Australia courtesy of new Carrera base variants that start from $229,500 plus on-road costs for the coupe.
Poseurs cop a $21,500 premium for the Carrera Cabriolet, which is still $30,100 less expensive than the equivalent Carrera S that launched earlier this year.
These cost savings are reflected by lower power and torque outputs from the 3.0-litre twin-turbocharged six-cylinder boxer engine in the Carrera’s rump, which develops 283kW and 450Nm (up 11kW over the old 991 Carrera but down 48kW and 80Nm compared to the 992 Carrera S).
But the Carrera is no slouch, with a sprightly 0-100km/h time of 4.2 seconds in the coupe, while the Cabriolet arrives two-tenths later. Optioning the Sport Chrono package cuts 0.2s from the triple-digit dash and both versions can achieve a top speed of 293km/h.
A staggered set of alloy wheels and tyres is standard, comprising 19-inch rims up front with 235/40 tyres and 20-inch rear alloys with 295/35 ZR rubber at the back.
Behind these are four-pot monobloc fixed brake callipers applying force to 330mm rotors.
An eight-speed PDK dual-clutch automatic transmission feeds drive to the rear wheels, while Carrera 4 variants with all-wheel drive are also on the horizon.
Fuel consumption on the official combined cycle is 9.0 litres per 100km for the coupe and 9.2L/100km for the cabriolet, producing CO2 emissions of 206 and 210 grams per kilometre respectively.
Porsche says the Carrera’s standard kit list is pretty much lineball with the pricier Carrera S and includes a 10.9-inch touchscreen display, a pair of 7.0-inch displays in the instrument panel, front and rear parking sensors with with surround-view cameras, keyless entry and start, a cabin air ioniser, and a thermal imaging camera for spotting ’roos not picked up by the LED Matrix headlights.
Helping keep the Carrera on the straight and narrow are adaptive cruise control, a collision warning and brake assist system, and a Wet Mode for the stability control system designed to prevent drivers from stacking it when faced with slippery conditions.
As occupants of the Lucky Country, Aussie Carrera buyers get a few extras thrown in such as 14-way heated ‘comfort’ front seats, a Bose premium sound system with DAB+ digital radio, blind-spot monitoring, self-dimming rearview mirrors, a reversing camera and metallic paint.
Porsche sold 339 examples of the 911 in the first half of this year, 17 more than the same period in 2018 – and continues to dominate a segment that is down 5.4 per cent overall.
2019 Porsche 911 Carrera list pricing
|Porsche 911 Carrera - automatic||$229,500||$251,000|
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