The Porsche 992: A Step in the Right Direction

The future is bright…

992 cover newIt’s finally here, the new Porsche 911 is here! The next chapter of Germany’s favorite sports car is here. With almost a complete redesign (for a  911), the new 992 Porsche 911 is an evolutionary step in the right direction, the future is bright.

Starting off with almost complete design overhaul, the new 992 shares only 20% with the previous 991 generation. Everything from the gearbox, engine, software, body panels, and even the direction of the turbos have changed-and for the better.

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Engine and Transmission:

Like the previous 991 generation, the new 992 911 is powered by a 3.0 liter twin turbocharged flat six engine. This new 3.0 liter engine has new turbos, intercoolers, intake valves, engine mounts, and new fuel injectors; bumping up power from 420 horsepower to 443 horsepower and torque from 368 lb/ft to 390 lb/ft.

The PDK dual clutch transmission has also gained another gear (now being an 8-speed instead of a 7 speed) along with a rather odd quirk. Rumor has it that if you open up the new PDK transmission you will find a hole in the middle of it. This is where the electric motor is going to be placed in the upcoming hybrid models I mentioned in my article, “Is a Hybrid 911 all that Bad?” These changes obviously make the new car a lot faster than the old one. 0-60 is now 3.3 seconds on the Carrera S, up from 3.7 seconds in the previous generation. Top speed remains the same at 191 mph.

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Exterior:

Aside from the obvious evolutionary design changes, the new 992 is also 45 mm wider than the 991. With new flared front and rear arches, the 992 looks a lot more aggressive than its predecessor. Also the Carrera S and 4S share the same body-previously, the Carrera 4 and 4S had a wider body than their rear wheel drive counterparts. The one downside of this is that weight is now up 122 pounds: 3,382 lb on the Carrera S and 3,487 lb on the Carrera 4S.

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There is also a new, wider rear spoiler with two settings now instead of one, along with active cooling flaps in the front like on the 918 Spyder. The front is now more squared off and pays homage to the old, air-cooled 911s of the past with its sloping hood-line.

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Interior:

As stated by Carfection’s Henry Catchpole, “The interior is now more horizontal than vertical.” There are now more screens than ever, with a brand new 10.9 inch display screen. The famous 5 gauge design of old 911s is no more, replaced by an analogue rev counter, and 4 digital gauges. The new PDK shifter is now a little stub, making it so you can only shift with paddles. The electric power steering is now 10% sharper too, creating a better driving experience. Overall, the new interior is a great transition onto the digital age.

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Conclusions:

As I said before, the new 992 911 is a step in the right direction. I love that Porsche is keeping the manual transmission and making everything sharper and faster. The engine hasn’t gotten any smaller and the GT3 will likely keep it’s naturally aspirated engine. Basically, it’s a great time to be a Porsche fan.

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Is a Hybrid 911 all That Bad?

Let’s be honest with ourselves, we know it’s coming and it’s coming sooner rather than later. Around 2023 probably, when the new 992 911 gets it’s mid-cycle refresh or even sooner as Porsche might surprise us at the LA Auto Show this year.

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Let’s be honest with ourselves, we know it’s coming and it’s coming sooner rather than later. Around 2023 probably, when the new 992 911 gets it’s mid-cycle refresh or even sooner as Porsche might surprise us at the LA Auto Show this year. But is a hybrid 911 really all that bad?

I think Porsche can take this two ways: they can either keep downsizing and hybridizing until we are left with a rear engined Prius, or they can use this hybridization to keep their beloved naturally aspirated engine alive. I don’t know about you, but I’d take the latter over the former any day. Some might say I’m stretching this a little too far and being too optimistic but hey, it’s all we’ve got. Believe it or not, Porsche did this before with the 918 Spyder. They could have easily put a downsized, turbocharged torque monster in the engine bay, but instead they chose to go with a 9000 RPM screaming V8 and I’m hoping they do the same when a 911 hybrid comes around. The chances are slim however, but I choose to be optimistic.

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But, if Porsche choose to go with the former, it won’t be all that bad either. The turbo engines that we have right now in all the 911 models except the GT3 and GT3RS, aren’t all that bad. From the interior at least, they sound just like any other 911 and those turbos offer a massive torque boost and tuning potential. In any case though, a combustion engine is better than no combustion engine however and a hybrid system will definitely keep the combustion engine around for a lot longer. Either way, now is a great time to be a 911 fan and the future is bright.

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