all-new version of the world’s most famous sports car is a classic vintage

all-new version of the world's most famous sports car is a classic vintage

THE FACTS

2019 Porsche 911 (992 series) Carrera 2S

TESTED 2,981cc twin-turbo, flat-six petrol engine, eight-speed twin-clutch PDK gearbox, rear-wheel drive via an electronically controlled limited-slip differential (4S has four-wheel drive)

PRICE/ON SALE from £93,110 (4S from £98,418)/March

POWER/TORQUE 444bhp @ 6,500rpm, 391lb ft @ 2,300rpm

TOP SPEED 191mph (4S 190mph)

ACCELERATION 0-62mph in 3.5sec (4S 3.4sec)

FUEL ECONOMY 31.74mpg/26.4mpg (EU Combined/Urban), 22mpg on test. (4S 31.4mpg/25.4mpg)

CO2 EMISSIONS 205g/km (4S 206g/km)

VED £1,240 first year, £450 next five years, then £140

VERDICT A classic replacement for a classic supercar. With the wealth of new supercars on sale it’s easy to forget how much fun, how practical – and just how fast – Porsche’s 911 is. And this, the eighth incarnation, is one of the best.

TELEGRAPH RATING Five out of five stars

THE RIVALS

Mercedes-AMG GT, from £100,000

Designed to take on the 911, this big gran turismo is certainly a looker and its 469bhp, 4.0-litre V8 engine gives it enough firepower, but this is a brutal beast and its traction control warning light glimmers in the dash at the least exuberance or sign of rain. Fun, but a bit limited in ability.

Aston Martin Vantage, from £120,900

An alternative use for a hand-built AMG V8 or brilliant new sports coupé in its own right; discuss. Actually the Vantage more than passes muster as a great if expensive GT with its own character and distinctive looks, in spite of the borrowed engine – albeit pumped up to 503bhp.

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