Is the Porsche 911 Carrera 4S a supercar?
That’s right… The age-old question: What is a supercar? Get out your very best clubs, bats or tire irons and let’s beat this horse back to life.
For the first time ever, we are collaborating with Kyle Meyr, a professional photographer and journalist based in Oslo, Norway. We usually write our own pieces, but we thought it'd be great to introduce this great photographer on Drivetribe. Kyle has driven a new Guards Red Porsche 911 Carrera 4S and has been kind enough to write a review on it. Our friends from Perego Cars have also given us the keys of a black 992 C4S, so we thought we'd leave some of our own pictures here as well.
I’ve heard far too often the argument that a supercar earns its title when it prioritizes performance over comforts. This implies that a well-rounded performance car gets arbitrarily downgraded to the rank of mere ‘sportscar.’ First, I wouldn’t consider that a downgrade in some cases. Second, what if what made a car super was its ability to meld comfort and performance? And for that matter, is the concept of a ‘daily supercar’ even possible under this performance-only definition? But I digress… I’ve driven the newest 911, and it’s dope AF. Surprise!
Porsche’s latest entry to the 911 saga comes in the form of the 992. Which, in turn, comes in the form of a four-wheel drive, twin-turbo 3.0 liter flat-six-driven 992 Carrera 4S. In layman’s terms, it’s a relatively small engine with suitably big dreams. It’s a turbocharged head-turner boasting 444bhp and a 0 to 60mph time of just 3.0 seconds (curtesy of Carwow’s review). That’s fast… And I can tell you that from experience because I’ve driven it. Have I mentioned that?
So the 992 C4S is super… That’s a given. 56 years of fine-tuning an unlikely design has put the rear-engine beauty queen at the head of its class. But what class would that be?
Cars have been sporty as long as man has thought he’s faster than other man. Which was always… Because humans are petty assholes. But when did the concept of four wheels pushed by explosions become ‘super’? Who cares… But let’s start with the 1966 Lamborghini Miura, the mid-engine monster widely regarded as the first modern supercar. Its top speed was nominally better than the Ferrari 275GTB before it (170mph and 165mph, respectively), it used a second-generation 4.0L V12 (bumped up 25hp from the 400gt before it) and did 0-60 mph in 6.3s (over two seconds slower than the 1964 Ford GT40). But the one overwhelming objective truth about the Miura is that fuckin’ rocks! So what is it about the Miura that makes people so confidently claim it was the first of the modern supercars?
There’s an indescribable attraction that we car enthusiasts feel toward that car… The kind of romantic connection most of us feel toward Pamela Andersen. It couldn’t outrun other models of the time (though she ran beautifully in slow motion), and its curves may have been comparatively over-pronounced. But I’ll be damned if it isn’t my life’s goal to be inside her. There is a strange seductiveness that comes with defining the bodies of the era, and an even stranger seductiveness that comes with a sense of romance shared by millions. Let’s call it strength in numbers…
So, where does that leave today’s supercars? Well, performance doesn’t demand sacrificing comfort anymore… Gone are the days of string door handles (like the F40), screaming V12s, and obnoxious reversing rituals (like the Countach) as the sole definition of a supercar. Today, features like those are reserved for obscure extremities in the automotive world. Today’s supercars are useable. They are performance clad in luxury, efficient engines with reverse cameras. And the Porsche 911 992 seems to be at the forefront of this new brand of ‘super.’ In fact, luxury seems to be part of what defines today’s supercars. Brands like Porsche encourage such niceties as rear-wheel steering, wet road sensors, touch screens, and 18-way sports seats that hug your body so tightly they can tell you had that extra midnight burrito last night (don’t judge me). These are super attributes to have in a fast car, and I think they qualify in defining what we regard to be a supercar.
Is that enough to pull it out of the realm of the ‘sports car’? Yes. Although I’m not sure, I can empirically prove that… All I know is the 992 drives super, looks super, and is super useable. It defines the current era of the supercar in that sense. And hey, why stop there? The Porsche 911 992 C4S is a super-duper car. Fight me.
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We would like to express our deepest gratitude to Perego Cars, situated in Switzerland, for giving me the opportunity to review and shoot this car. It is currently on sale on their website. Website: www.peregocars.com/en Facebook: www.facebook.com/peregocars/ Instagram: www.instagram.com/peregocars/
Moreover, a big thank you goes to Porsche Center Asker & Baerum in Norway. Without them, this article could have never been possible.
Porsche 911 Carrera 4S