Meet the new Porsche 911 992.
For all of us, there’s one car that we always relate to our childhood. Whether it be from an early experience, or just out of raw appeal, we told ourselves as kids “that’s what I will drive when I grow up.” For me, its always been the Porsche 911. I even had a pet rabbit named “Porsche-e”.
15 years on from my childhood dreams, the 911’s appeal as the ultimate sports car hasn’t faded, I still don’t own one – and they seem to be getting better and better with each new variant. My first driving experience came from the magnificent 911 GTS. Now I look forward to getting behind the wheel of the 992.
One needs to look closely to see major differences on the Porsche 911 992 from the front. Porsche’s Iconic bug eyes stare into your soul, albeit with a new LED setup – while a slight bonnet recess throws back to early 911 models. Go around with a measuring tape and you will find the 992 911 to be 45mm’s wider on the front. A full-width elegant light bar is the most striking element on the rear, which has been designed to give a much bolder look and feel. The license plate placement is also a notable change, creating a cleaner look in the rear.
While plenty of new technology has been integrated into the interior, it’s still very much “Porsche”. A central rev counter remains, whilst two digital screens on either side provide the driver with relevant information. Porsche’s main interface has now been increased to 10,9 inches and is now easier to use. A range of new services and features result in permanent connectivity with online navigation and Porsche Connect Plus as standard.
Inline with technical enhancements, a range of safety elements have been provided on the new 911. This includes a world first, “wet-mode” which detects water on the road and prepares the vehicle’s setup to handle it, as well as warn the driver – who can then activate the safer setup with a touch of a button. Oh, how many 911 drivers could have done with this in the past? Plenty, if you ask me. Brake Assist is standard, while Night Vision, Adaptive Cruise Control and Autonomous Emergency Assist function are available.
Carrera S and 4S. Performance.
An increase in power from the turbocharged flat-six motor results in an output of 331kW, which is an increase in 22kW. Translating this to the road means that 100km/h is completed in 3.7 seconds for the Carrera S and 3.6 seconds for the four-wheel drive Carrera 4S. That’s not all, with the addition of the Sports Chrono Package this time can be reduced by 0.2 seconds. As we know, driving a 911 isn’t really about how fast you can get to 100km/h, but rather about the entire experience. Improved injection processes, along with new turbo layouts improve the 911’s drive efficiency. On top of that, power delivery to the rear or all wheels depending on variant is done via a new eight-speed dual-clutch transmission.
Also published on Medium.