Porsche 992 will be unveiled November 29th - here's what we know so far
It’s official folks: on the 29th of November at the Los Angeles International Auto Show, Porsche will finally throw the covers off the brand new 8th generation Porsche 911, rumoured but not yet confirmed to be called the 992. While photos of the car’s aesthetics frequently make their way onto the internet bereft of camouflage, the technical information behind the car, and the new upmarket interior are still currently a mystery. With that said however, there is quite a bit of information that we do know for certain. So, without further ado, here’s everything we know so far about the new Porsche 911.
Let’s start by answering the main question on people’s lips: no, it isn’t a hybrid. Quite surprisingly, Porsche isn’t particularly keen on the 911 becoming a hybrid, saying the additional weight of electric motors would impact upon the driving experience, and further remove the essence of what a 911 should be about.
With that said, the 992 is forward thinking enough to prepare for a near future where hybridity is inevitable. Out goes the old 7-speed PDK gearbox and in comes a new 8-speed PDK derived from the transmission used in the Porsche Panamera. In the 992 however, the casing of the gearbox itself accommodates not only the gears themselves, but also a cavernous void where one day an electric motor will sit. Can’t fight progress, aye?
While a PDK features, a 7-speed manual will also be available. The engine itself is a reworked version of the 991.2’s 3 litre Twin-Turbo Flat-6. While the engine produces additional power, the main alterations are for the sake of meeting emission and consumption regulations. A new air intake features, along with a particular filter for European models, which the American models will do without. Lucky for them, because it mutes the sound quite a bit. Piezo injection is used, as well as new turbo casings. The result, in the Carrera S model, is 444bhp. That’s 30bhp more than the outgoing Carrera S, and the same as the current GTS, which at the time of its release was praised for having the same power output as the old 993 GT2 Clubsport. Just think about that for a second.
While power on the basic Carrera hasn’t been confirmed yet, expect it to produce 30 horsepower less than the S - meaning that the least powerful 911 you’ll soon be able to buy will have 414bhp! Also, we can presume the GTS version will produce around 30 horsepower more than the S. That sounds like a lot of poke to me.
Even in its least powerful form, the 992 is said to be capable of reaching 60mph in under 4 seconds, and carrying on to a top speed of over 190mph. If it’s that quick straight out of the box, then I’m sure it’ll make a whole lot of supposedly superior machines suddenly feel obsolete.
As I mentioned at the beginning, the interior is one of the things that will be seen for the first time come the LA show unveiling - and it looks like we’ll be in for a treat. Journalists who have seen it are reporting that the 992 has a much nicer interior compared to the outgoing 991. This will come as a surprise to anyone who’s ever been in a 991, because they are beautifully trimmed machines. With previous rumours suggesting the 992 would be more suited to grand touring, the praise that’s been foisted onto its interior seems to confirm that.
Along with a better interior comes a whole host of new technology, including adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, and optional night vision. While to mention that these touches imply a basic level of autonomy would be to insult its driver’s car bent, this tech may make longer journeys easier - further enhancing its grand touring abilities.
In that traditional Porsche manner, the options list will be suitably cluttered with every conceivable and inconceivable thing known to German engineers and other alien species. One of the most tick-able options however will be the Sport Chrono package, which will add active engine mounts, rear wheel steering, a sports exhaust, ceramic brakes, and a 10mm lower ride with sports chassis.
All in all then, the new 992 sounds like it might not have been worth all the worrying in the end. While we’ll have to wait until the 29th to completely relax, it’s a case of so far so good. As far as the GT-department cars are concerned however, a tight knot of nervous excitement is still twisting in the pit of my stomach. I have hope that the 630bhp potential of Porsche’s 4L normally aspirated masterpiece may help keep it alive for just one more generation, and listening to spy videos of the next-gen GT3 testing suggest it will indeed use a normally aspirated engine. But I also wouldn’t be surprised if Porsche were to pursue a forced-induction GT3 and GT3 RS. We can only keep our fingers crossed that they retain natural aspiration, but in regard to the 992 Carrera, it sounds like Porsche are making another great car.
But now I want to ask you guys: based on what you’ve heard so far, what do you think about the 992? Are you looking forward to it, or do you think it’s lost track of what the 911 is supposed to stand for? Let me know in the comments.
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