After months of grainy spy shots and the occasional nugget of carefully seeded official info, the big day has finally arrived. Under glaring spotlights in Los Angeles, Porsche has proudly pulled the covers of the new 911.
Known internally as the 992, this is the eighth generation of 911, a fact that seems pretty extraordinary until you remember that Gen 1 appeared well over half a century ago. What this is then, is the next phase in a historic process, and one of unparalleled importance for Porsche. The new 911 has big shoes to fill, but fill them it surely will.
Faithful to the philosophy of evolution over revolution, the 992 is still unmistakably a 911. Compact, sporty and purposeful, the time-honoured tradition of a sports car you can use every day is very much in evidence.
The exterior, however, is completely new and designed to emphasise a step up in performance. Significantly wider wheel arches are filled by 20-inch wheels up front with 21-inch at the rear. The front is 45 mm wider, while the beefier rear associated with the higher performance variants in the past is now applied across the range. This has the added benefit of accentuating the 992’s slim-line centre section, a feature further emphasised by flush-fit pop-out door handles.
Viewed from head on, between new LED headlights a bonnet with a pronounced recess evokes the design of the early 911, while the rear is dominated by a much wider, variable-position rear spoiler and the new trademark light bar.
Inside it’s a similar blend of the fresh ideas and classic design cues. The whole interior of the 992 is new, but borrows faithfully from the original 911. This means you still get that all-important central rev counter, but this time it is flanked by two frameless freeform displays. The centre screen is now 10.9 inches, growing in line with the rest of the Porsche family, and can be operated more easily thanks to new architecture. Beneath the screen, a compact five-button switch unit allows speedy access to the car’s most vital functions.
And what about that all-important engine? The next generation of turbocharged flat-six develops more power than ever before, with 450 PS straight out of the box in the Carrera S (911 Carrera S: Fuel consumption combined 8.9 l/100 km; CO2 emissions combined 205 g/km;). This is an increase of 30 PS over the previous model. Utilising a newly developed eight-speed dual-clutch transmission, the ‘S’ will hit 100km/h in 3.7 seconds, almost half a second faster than before, and has a top speed of 308km/h.
As you might expect, the new 911 also showcases Porsche’s latest technological gains, including new assistance systems such as ‘Porsche Wet’ for slippery roads and Night Vision Assist with thermal imaging camera. ‘Porsche Wet’, which comes as standard, is a world first intelligent safety system that detects water on the road, preconditions the control systems accordingly and warns the driver, who can then set up the car for a particular emphasis on safety.
Porsche has also equipped the 992 with a comprehensive connectivity package, including online navigation using swarm data intelligence. The new 911 features three exclusive new digital offerings: the Porsche Road Trip app, the Porsche 360+ personal assistant, and the web-based Porsche Impact emissions calculator.
‘Porsche Road Trip’ helps you get the most from your 911 by planning, organising and navigating special trips. Adding to the VIP treatment, ‘Porsche 360’ aims to provide the Porsche experience even when you’re away from the car with a connected digital personal lifestyle assistant. ‘Porsche Impact’, meanwhile, is an emissions calculator with an ingenious twist. It calculates the financial contributions that Porsche customers can pay to offset their CO2 footprint, suggesting internationally certified climate projects in which to invest. The projects are spread out all over the world and focus on wind, hydro and solar power, as well as forest protection.
A new way of thinking for a new way of driving.
911 Carrera S: Fuel consumption combined 8.9 l/100 km; CO2 emissions combined 205 g/km;
911 Carrera 4S: Fuel consumption combined 9.0 l/100 km; CO2 emissions combined 206 g/km