The New Porsche 911: A Timeless Machine

January 3rd, 2019 by

The New Porsche 911 (Code name: 992) marks a bold step forward in interior technology, and is slated to become the first version of the sports car to feature electric propulsion systems.

The very first Porsche 911 concept of 1963 indicated the start of a production run that has spanned over five decades. Designed as a successor to the beloved Porsche 356, the 911 was a major hit with sports car enthusiasts around the world. In a very short time, it reached legendary status for its performance on the road and on the track, with many successful racing ventures built on its back. From 1965 to 1972, several variants were introduced including the Targa, and engine power and chassis technology continually improved. In a 1973, the 911 was thoroughly revised and modernized, setting in motion the G series production run through 1989. The first 911 Turbo was introduced in 1974, and later Speedster and Cabriolet variants of the 930 variant 911 were produced.

The new Porsche 911 (992) a timeless machine.

Later generations saw successive leaps of safety, performance, comfort, and luxury. The 964-body (1988 to 1993) saw the introduction of all-wheel-drive and an even more powerful Turbo S. From 1993 to 1997, the 993 version of the 911 showcased a bi-turbo engine, and the almighty 911 GT2, which set a new performance benchmark. The 993 generation is highly sought after as being the last air-cooled Porsche 911 cars which gave them a raw and very motorsports-derived engine note and feel. The 996 (1997) and 997 (2004) generations saw even greater improvements in efficiency and speed, and an ever-increasing mix of 911 variants which cater to any type of driver. From high-torque, luxurious Turbo models to open-top Targas and the track-focused GT3 and GT3 RS, the 911 could adapt to any situation. In 2011, the 991 generation was introduced which set new technological standards and increased passenger comfort with a lengthened wheelbase and wider track. Nearly all 911 engines are now turbocharged for more torque and greater efficiency.

Finally, for 2019 the newest member of the 911 family has arrived: the 992 generation. The new 911 marks a bold step forward in interior technology, and is slated to become the first version of the sports car to feature electric propulsion systems to increase efficiency and performance even more! The new 911 is the sum of its predecessors – and is therefore a reflection of the past and a vision of the future.

The Design

Based on the 991-generation car, the 992 features a big styling leap in the shape of the long light bar at the back and full track widths for all models, not just the four-wheel-drive and motorsport cars. A new rear fascia incorporates a choice of quad- or dual-exhaust outlets, a revised diffuser, and modernized tail lamps. Combined with the light bar, the rear end has an even wider and lower presence and larger rear hips. The front end of the new model has a more aggressive appearance than the current 991. The brake cooling ducts ahead of the front wheels swoop backward on the latest car, adding a sporty edge, and the lower air dam is more squared off and aggressive. In addition, the front bonnet lid now encompasses the entire front headlights as in 911 models past.

The Interior and Tech

Porsche calls the 992-generation its digital sports car, and you can simply see why as soon as you step inside. Even though some carmakers have moved over to completely digital dashboards, Porsche has chosen an analog rev counter flanked by two digital displays inside the new 911. These displays, positioned behind the steering wheel, mirror the traditional five-dial arrangement found in previous 911s, but the layout can now be easily customized by the driver.

The Engines and Performance

As expected from 911, Porsche has equipped the 992-generation car with its signature flat-six engine. Just like its predecessor, the 991.2, the new car’s 3.0-liter engine is backed up by a pair of turbochargers. Both Carrera 4S and Carrera S models produce 444bhp and 406lb ft of torque. Upcoming Turbo and GT models will also surely see increases in power and performance. The PDK and GT Sport Manual transmissions have been improved for faster shifting. Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control, Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus, and Porsche Active Suspension Management also see revisions for greater dynamics, comfort and stability.

Porsche engineers are tirelessly improving the 911 every day, just as they have for the past 55 years. No other sports car is more iconic, whether in form or function. Each and every Porsche 911 built by the factory has the very same racing DNA that catapulted the Porsche 911 from victories on the racetrack and to the minds and hearts of enthusiasts world wide.

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