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New Porsche 911 Arrives With Timeless Design, More Tech And Power

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New Porsche-911 Carrera 4S 992 Sports Car

The new 911 might not look all that new, but — trust us — it’s new.

Porsche has finally unveiled the eighth-generation, 992 Porsche 911, and it’s a gem.

While the overall design changes little, no one will mistake the new 911 for anything else. Porsche knows better than to mess with such an iconic and timeless design, but looking closely reveals a few new styling elements that not only draw inspiration from early 911s, but also increase the aggressiveness factor.

The middle section of the hood, for instance, is lower than the outer edges in a clear nod to early 911s, while the rear features thinner lights and a bumper insert incorporating oval exhaust tips. The wheel arches have been beefed up for a wider, more planted look and house 20-inch front and 21-inch rear alloys.

The wheels themselves have new designs and paint colors, with each variant receiving vintage-looking emblems.

Inside, designers drew inspiration from 911s made in the 1970s when laying out the exceptionally modern cockpit. The instrument cluster consists of an analog tachometer flanked by a pair of configurable screens, while the infotainment system is displayed on a 10.9-inch color touchscreen located on the dashboard.

911 owners benefit from three smartphone applications. Called Porsche Road Trip, the first app helps organize road trips by planning a route, offering hotel and restaurant recommendations, and selecting viewpoints along the way. Second is the Porsche 360+, which is a personal lifestyle assistant “intended to make everyday life easier and exclusive experiences possible.” Finally, Porsche Impact is an emissions calculator that tells owners how much CO2 their 911 emits and how they can clear their conscious by making donations (via the app) to climate projects around the world.

The options list now includes Adaptive cruise control with a stop-and-go function and night vision are found on the list of extra-cost options, while a new feature called the Porsche Wet Mode can detect water on the road, adjust various parameters like the ABS settings and the stability control system accordingly, and allows the driver to switch to a safer driving mode at the push of a button.

As expected, the 2020 Porsche 911 is powered by an improved version of the 991 911’s turbocharged six-cylinder engine. In the 911 Carrera S and Carrera 4S, it produces 443 horsepower — 23 more horsepower than before — and can be mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission or manual transmission, a setup that allows the former to reach 60 mph (96 km/h) in 3.5 seconds and the latter to complete the run in 3.4 seconds.

If you want even better performance, opt for the Sport Chrono package, which drops the 0-60 mph time to a supercar-like 3.2 seconds.

The new Porsche 911 Carrera S starts at $114,250 in the United States, while the 2020 911 Carrera 4S commands $121,650. Let us know if you’re happy with how it turned out in the comments below.

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Next-Gen Subaru BRZ, Toyota 86 Officially Confirmed

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2019 Toyota 86 TRD Special Edition, Black

The redesigned sports cars could ride on Toyota’s TNGA architecture.

Subaru and Toyota have announced that they are deepening their partnership, which will result in a successor to the BRZ and 86 sports cars.

“To deepen their relationship and to strengthen their ties toward advancing to the next stage while respecting the identity of each other’s brand, the two companies have agreed that Toyota will increase its equity stake in Subaru and that Subaru will acquire shares in Toyota,” joint statement stated.

The Japanese automakers did not provide specifics about what they are working on, but rumors suggest the two coupes could be underpinned by Toyota’s TNGA architecture and source power from a variation of the Subaru Ascent’s 2.4-liter engine.

In addition to the next-generation Subaru BRZ and Toyota 86, the partnership will also see the companies team up on all-wheel drive vehicles and more Subaru hybrid vehicles, and cooperate on autonomous driving tech.

Notably, Toyota has grown its ownership stake to a minimum of 20-percent voting rights, with Subaru “foreseen to become an affiliated company of Toyota.”

In related news, Toyota chief engineer Tetsuya Tada has hinted that the next-generation 86 will drive better than the new Supra.

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Next-Gen Toyota 86 Will Have Better Handling Than Supra

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2020 Toyota 86 Hakone Green, rear top

A new 86 is coming, and it has the lofty aspiration of driving better than the Supra.

Toyota chief engineer Tetsuya Tada has confirmed that a next-generation 86 sports coupe is under development.

Speaking to Australia’s , the engineer noted that the Japanese automaker has put together “a new 86 team” and has an ambitious goal of building a better-handling sports car than the more expensive Supra.

“We have to make a new 86 that surpasses the Supra,” he said. “That is what the customer expects.”

2020 Toyota 86 Hakone Green, side

Toyota has yet to provide any concrete details on the next Toyota 86 and, by extension, its Subaru BRZ twin, but rumors suggest it could be powered by Subaru’s 2.4-liter engine borrowed from the Ascent, perhaps producing around 230 horsepower if naturally aspirated or 260 horses with a turbocharger.

Other reports claim the two sports car will be built on Toyota’s TNGA platform rather Subaru’s new Global Platform, which can’t support a rear-wheel drive model, or possibly even on Mazda’s new rear-wheel drive platform.

What do you hope to see from the second-generation Toyota 86?

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BMW Concept 4 Previews A Massive-Grille 4 Series

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New BMW Concept 4

Its huge grille supposedly “embodies the aesthetic essence” of the BMW brand.

BMW used the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show to debut the BMW Concept 4, previewing the “new face” of the 4 Series.

The first thing that will catch your eye is its massive twin-kidney grille, which the German automaker describes as a “confident and classy” new take on the brand’s iconic grille. Look closer and you’ll notice that it is made of several small “number 4s” joined together.

“The kidney grille has always been a signature feature of BMW cars,” BMW design head Domagoj Dukec stated. “The BMW Concept 4 presents a confident and classy take on this iconic feature. At the same time, the BMW Concept 4 offers a look ahead to the expressive face of the 4 Series range.”

The design is said to be inspired by the 3.0 CSi, though the 1970s car had a much smaller grille than any modern BMW. Do you like it?

Massive grille aside, the BMW Concept 4 borrows many styling cues from the 3 Series and 8 Series and features classic sports car proportions. We’ll have to wait and see how all of this translates to the production 4 series.

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