Say Hello to the Brand New Porsche 911 ‘992’

Another day, another new car reveal and this time it’s from Porsche and it’s in the shape of a new 911, now, I’ll be honest, just like a lot of people e I’m not really into 9’11’s, they’re fantastic cars and I’d love to experience one but I’d never consider myself a 911 enthusiast and for the life of me, I just can’t fathom the 911 lineup so please bear with me while I go through this new one. So the new 911 is the 8th generation of the legendary sports car and is the replacement to the outgoing 991.2 911 and thus is a evolution of the outgoing car, design wise it looks very similar to the old one with a few subtle changes to it to differentiate the two, in saying that however, what I can personally see different is a new front bumper design, a new rear end with a LED strip bar going right across the rear of the car connecting the lamps together & a new set of really lovely wheels to set off a rather handsome little thing, also introduced on this new model is a staggered wheel setup which means, in Carrera S trim, it’s got 21″s in the rear & 20’s in the back which really sets this car off, on top of that, other design cues introduce a new hood which is very reminiscent of 911’s of old, enlarged front air intakes, new wing mirrors, twin oval exhaust tips & a slatted engine cover, overall it looks like a very smart, sleek & classy car as well as relatively muscly & sporty which is just so typically Porsche these days.  The new 911 isn’t just a fancy frock however, the front track has been improved by 40mm which’ll mean it’ll be wider than 911’s of old & due to this it’ll be very reminiscent of the GTS, the body itself is made of aluminium like all modern 911’s but this has way more than ever before which drops the weight significantly, unfortunately the weight hasn’t been released but by the sounds of it it’s not going to be a heavy old thing. Performance wise, it has a 3.0 turbocharged flat six mounted right at the back of the car just like all 911’s and even though this is in some form or another the same engine as the outgoing model, it’s been reworked to be cleaner & ultimately more powerful than the outgoing model, power is upped by 30bhp over the outgoing model by reworking the intake system, it now has piezo injection, an exhaust system with a particulate system, the intercooler has been repositioned, the turbo housings have also been revised and more, unfortunately this does mean the raspiness of the N/A unit will be gone which is a shame but as mentioned, by doing all of that, their is a 30bhp jump in power, this means a power output of 444bhp & a 0-60 time of 3.7 seconds and on to a top speed of 190mph for a AWD model or 191 for a 2WD model which makes it as powerful and as quick as the 997 Turbo which is no mean feat. To put that power onto the road, there is a new 8 speed DCT PDK gearbox available from launch, Manuals haven’t been confirmed just yet but they are expected in the near future, when hooked up to the Carrera 4S, 0-60 is 3.6 seconds and if that still isn’t quick enough, if you decide to opt for the Chronic Sport Package it goes down by yet another two tenths which is plentiful enough, now remember, these are just for the normal versions, the oncoming GT Products and RS cars will be even quicker than that and way more powerful which makes me wonder what they’ll be like when they eventually get released. Interior wise, it is pretty much the same as the outgoing version, however just like the outside, there are some changes, these include two thin frameless dials either side of the central rev counter, an enlarged 10.9″ centre screen & overall, the buttons and layout feel very similar to the likes of the new Cayenne or Panamera, Unfortunately, I can’t seem to find Porsches well designed cup holders coming from the glovebox area which is a shame as they were well loved but on the flip side, on the drive mode switch there is now a “Wet” mode for wet weather driving and believe it or not, it has night vision & thermal imaging too!  Costs start from £93,110 for a Carrera S with PDK while 4S prices start at £98,418, expect to pay well over £100K for a well specced one, Porsche are now taking orders for them as we speak so if you fancy one right now you can order one which I love, there is no date on when it’ll be launched over here in the UK but expect it to be soon.  Personally, if it was my money and I wanted a new 992 911, I’d hold off a few months until they start to bring out new faster, better performing, better handling versions and then go from there, being Porsche, they always wind up adding tons of options & trims on the 911 range, no doubt there will be a cabriolet, a Turbo model as well as GT models and then eventually RS models so to hold off for a few months isn’t actually that bad an idea. So what is my overall verdict? Well even though I’m not a 911 enthusiast per say, this new one sounds like it’s gonna be a hit and the more I look at the pictures of it, the more it appeals to me, I love the way it looks and even though it looks similar to the old one, with the revisions they’ve done inside, outside & mechanically, I’m starting to like it a lot which is a lot coming from a non Porsche guy. I’d personally love to see how it compares to the likes of the new Vantage or a McLaren or even the new TVR which also hasn’t long been introduced, it’d be great to see how they compare to each other in regards to performance, liveability & also price point, 911’s in the past have been known for being the best all rounder for many years now but with the competition getting stiffer & stiffer, the margins will surely be a lot more smaller.     Hope You Enjoy! By Alex Jebson

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