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The eighth-generation 911, codenamed 992, descended in our shores middle of last year. The event tagline was ‘Timeless Machine’ and the launch gimmick included a procession of past-generation 911s rolling into the hall one by one before the new car made its bow.

How many times can you re-invent the same formula? Pretty regularly it would seem, given how Porsche has managed to preserve the essence of its iconic 911 for nearly six decades of production.


With six decades of development behind it, the Porsche 911 has evolved to become the ultimate all-occasion sports car.


Olympus OMD Mark II, f/2.8, 1/2500 sec, ISO 200, -0.7 step, 12mm

Olympus OMD Mark II, f/2.8, 1/2000 sec, ISO 200, -0.7 step, 150mm

Olympus OMD Mark II, f/3.5, 1/400 sec, ISO 200, -0.7 step, 28mm



Porsche have been one of my favourite sport cars ever since I got my driving license. The opportunity to drive one is always a blessing. Shooting this red 911 Carrera 4S, I wanted to show the iconic curves that made the 911 the legend it is today. To bring out that effect, I needed very stark contrast in terms of colours and lighting, so my approach was to play with lights, shadow, and complimentary colors of the surrounding. The use of telephoto lens narrowed down field of view and eliminated unwanted clusters from appearing in the photos. - TJ

“There are many layers of abilities in this car. You can choose to drive it as a day-to-day car, or push it right to the limit” - Kon

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As usual, the 992 is a ground up redevelopment from the predecessor, but wearing that iconic silhouette. Casual observers may not be able to tell you the difference between a 997 and 991, but it doesn’t take an enthusiast to identify a Porsche 911 on the road.


What the enthusiast will be able to identify upon laying eyes on the 992, will be the styling cues on the new car that hark back to its much older air-cooled ancestors. For the first time in a water-cooled 911, the entire headlight assembly is contained within the front fender panel.

As a whole, Porsche’s reimagination of a classic architecture with modern amenities is a successful one, and the overall construction can only be described as faultless. Fit and finish gives the impression that this cabin will take plenty of abuse without creaking, and that’s an achievement given its need to feel plush as well.

Indeed, so assured and accomplished was the Carrera 4S in all conditions, and we saw a fair bit of rain during our day with it, there is a niggling suspicion that the rear-wheel driven Carrera S might offer a little more playfulness and entertainment. But that’s a question we can only hope to answer post-CMCO.

Even more impressive than the Carrera 4S’ rapid pace is its sheer effectiveness; an assuring sense of control than encourages the driver to push it as hard as one fancies. Gun it around a corner, it just grips and goes, very clinical, very precise, a sharp contrast of the widow-making tendencies that older school 911s were once infamous for.

“Yes, it’s fast, but it also feels safe..” - Thana

Einstein famously defined insanity as doing the same thing over and over again expecting different results. With the 911, Porsche has indeed stuck to the same formula over and over again for nearly six decades; the difference here is, they kept making each one better, refining the outcome closer and closer to perfection.

For a car that has stuck rigidly for decades to the same template, the 911 has come an amazingly long way. It continues the original’s concept of being a sports car for all occasions, but the execution has been sharpened dramatically.

Olympus OMD Mark II, f/2.8, 1/1600 sec, ISO 200, -1.7 step, 29mm

Olympus OMD Mark II, f/2.8, 1/6400 sec, ISO 200, -0.7 step, 60mm

Olympus OMD Mark II, f/2.8, 1/13 sec, ISO 200, -0.3 step, 48mm

“Dari segi handling, siapa boleh pertikaikan kehebatan Porsche?” - Nazz

Olympus OMD Mark II, f/2.8, 1/320 sec, ISO 200, -1.7 step, 12mm

Olympus OMD Mark II, f/2.8, 1/50 sec, ISO 200, -1.7 step, 40mm

Olympus OMD Mark II, f/2.8, 1/20 sec, ISO 200, -0.7 step, 12mm

Olympus OMD Mark II, f/2.8, 1/125 sec, ISO 200, -0.3 step, 40mm




Specifications: Porsche 911 Carrera 4S (992)

Engine: 3.0-litre flat-six twin turbo

Max Power: 450PS @ 6,500rpm

Max Torque: 530Nm @ 2,300 – 5,000rpm

Top Speed: 306 km/h

0-100km/h: 3.4 seconds (Sport Chrono package)

Fuel Consumption: 9.7 l/100km

Transmission: 8-speed dual clutch auto

Kerb Weight: 1,640kg

Astern, vents atop the rear hood gain greater prominence with third brake light flushed into the louvres, whilst the wide-spanning tail light is at once a representation of present-day Porsche design language and throwback the prominent red reflectors that once adorned 911s right up to the 996 generation.


One tradition is being broken, however, and it is that all variants will now have widened rear wheel arches as standard. This cue that was previously reserved for higher performance models of the 911 is now being democratized across the range.


Inside, the theme of classic design modernization continues. The dashboard stands upright in traditional 911 fashion, but with crisp colour touchscreens now taking centre stage. An analog rev counter still takes prominence ahead of the driver, but it is flanked by a pair of screens that will alternate between mimicking more analog dials, full colour navigation display, or other fancy driving info.

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“What a nice sound. Ini macam NA wei!” - Bobby

There’s nothing old school about the new 911, however, where speed is concerned. Because this thing is fast. Even though 450PS and 530Nm hardly sounds like much on paper, 3.4 seconds from 0 to 100km/h is enough pace to outrun the Ferrari Enzo and Lamborghini Huracan. And this is just the Carrera 4S, the Turbo S cuts it further to just 2.7 seconds. Scary to think how much faster they can push the GT3s, GT2s and what not after this.