Top 5 good and bad things about the new 911
Last night, the new Porsche 911 was officially unveiled - as if you didn’t already know. For those of you who wish to delve into the details behind the 992 generation car, please feel free to click here where you’ll be able to read about everything that matters. If you’re in a rush however and want a succinct summary of everything that’s great and not so great about the 992, then here’s top 5 good and bad things about the new 911. Starting with the good...
In comparison with the previous generation, the interior received significantly more dramatic aesthetic changes than the exterior. Plush new seats to sink into for several hundred miles, new dials and screens, and a general minimalist theme makes the new 911 feel like it’s creating the future which it belongs to.
The performance of the 992 has increased quite a lot over the outgoing 991.2. Launched in Carrera S guise - as that’s always been the most popular model - the 3L Twin-Turbo Flat-6 has received further development to produce 444bhp. That results in a 0-60mph time of 3.5 seconds - or 3.4 in the C4S - and a top speed of 191mph. Despite having the same amount of power as the old GTS, the engine isn’t simply the same - a fact which brings me onto my next point...
The 991.2 GTS was quite laggy due to its power, removing the crispness you should find in a 911. While nothing radical has been done with the 992 to eliminate lag completely, the turbos now spin in opposite directions - something which is supposed to reduce the delay between request and delivery.
A completely redesigned chassis that uses aluminium more liberally at the rear results in the 992’s weight distribution improving over the 991.2. Factor a new suspension setup, and rear wheel steering, and the 992 is 5 seconds a lap faster around the Nurburgring than the old 991.2 Carrera S.
Breaking the 911 into a future where everything will have a corresponding app, the 992 uses “Porsche Road Trip” to help you plan journeys, “Porsche 360+” to help organise your life while you’re away from your car, and “Porsche Impact” to keep track of your carbon footprint. The “Impact” app will also request you donate to ecologically aware charities - as a sort of reparation for enjoying yourself. In other words, the more you’re asked to donate, the more fun you’ve been having!
So then, that’s 5 good things about the new 911. Now however, it’s time to focus on the not so good...
The one thing that Porsche omitted to disclose in yesterday’s presentation was the weight of the new 911 - which made me instantly wonder if they were deliberately holding it back due to how disappointing it would sound. Indeed, the 992 weighs in at 3450lbs (1565kg), some 121lbs (55kg) more than the outgoing model. Most of this weight is due to the new 8-speed PDK gearbox, the emissions-quelling particular filter, the larger wheels, and also a bigger crash structure - which leads me onto the next bad point of the new 911...
The 992 is larger than its predecessor, which not only adds weight, but also makes it slightly more difficult to place on the road. On the plus side however, the wider front-track allows for incredible turn in response and grip - which wouldn’t have been possible without increasing the dimensions.
Inflation is a bitch, and indeed, the new 992 Carrera S will set you back £93,110 - nearly 4 grand more than the outgoing model. The C4S however will set you back nearly £98,500! While these numbers may not mean much to the average person, I can’t help but feel it’s a shame that the most popular version of the 911 is now, with a few options, a £100,000 car.
Aesthetics are subjective - but I’ve been hearing that a lot of people aren’t overly fond of the new 911’s looks. The main criticism is that it’s virtually indistinguishable from the 991, with others suggesting that the new light bar isn’t very attractive. Personally, I like the modernity the rear light strip brings - but while Porsche choose to refer to the 992’s looks as “muscular”, to my eyes, it looks quite portly.
In the 991, the various driving modes could be selected via buttons in the centre console, resulting in a person being able to easily switch between them while driving along. In the 992 however, the pursuit of a minimalist interior has resulted in the buttons disappearing and their functions migrating to the touch screen system. If you don’t see a problem with this, you’ve obviously never driven a car while simultaneously operating an iPad before.
So then, that’s my summery of the new 911. Now though, I want to ask you guys: what’s your favourite and least favourite thing about the 992? Let me know in the comments.
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