► New 992-generation Porsche 911
► All you need to know in detail
► Plus our Carrera 4S video review
The 992 is here, but we’re still waiting on the GT2, GT3 and now this – a loftier, off-road-focused version of Porsche’s perennial supercar. Spotted where else, but the Nürburgring, the odd-looking prototype features a much increased ride-height, and larger wheelarches to match.
It looks to all intents and purposes like Porsche engineers are readying a Safari edition of the current 911, harking back to a 911 of the same name decades ago. It’s a long shot, but Stuttgart has given us special creations like the updated 935 Moby Dick. Let’s wait and see shall we?
Meet the 992
Trust us, we’ve been poring over the 992 for some time now. Porsche makes the bold claim that the exterior design is ‘completely new’, but it’s not exactly a surprise to look at – not least because it’s a 911. But it’s also because it’s been spotted so many times without almost any camouflage in the few months running up to the car’s official reveal, so much so that CAR's renders of what it would look like were almost exactly bang-on.
At the front, the new Porsche 911 (992) houses a small central recess in the centre of the front bumper – a nod to some of the first 911s – and some fresh fancy LED headlights. The front is 45mm wider than before, and Porsche says that the rear wheelarches will not be wider for certain future models (like GTS, Turbo etc). Wide hips are now standard on all. Electrically-operated flush door handles feature for better aero, following the Tesla fashion.
Probably the most significant design details can be seen at the rear, with a new ‘variable-position’ spoiler in the tail and vertical black vents that integrate the third brake light. A single spanning light bar also features, in line with the rest of Porsche’s recently redesigned range, from Cayman to Cayenne.
The other 992 models
As is customary, Porsche will fill every conceivable niche with its benchmark sports car - and we've got the lowdown from humble Carrera 2 to top-brass 911 Turbo, from soft-top convertibles to the red-hot new GT3 version. Here are are the new 911 range derivatives:
What do we know about the new Porsche 992 engines?
The Carrera S and 4S models use a turbocharged flat-six with 444bhp – 30bhp more than the 991 generation.
The S coupe accelerates to 62mph in 3.7 seconds, with the all-wheel drive 4S passing the benchmark in 3.6 seconds. Power is sent to the wheels by a new eight-speed PDK dual-clutch automatic, which will help keep emissions down. There's no official mention of a manual yet, but don't worry - it will still be available.
If you pick the Sport Chrono Pack (which has launch control), 0.2 seconds can be shaved off the launch sprints of either launch model. Top speeds are rated at 191mph for the S (190mph for the Cabriolet) and 190mph for the 4S (188mph for the Cabriolet). If you’re bothered, Porsche also claims that the S and 4S models can get up to 31.7mpg and 31.4mpg respectively in coupe form.
Tell me about the interior
Inside is a trick blend of up-to-date Porsche tech and some neat heritage touches not yet seen before. A widescreen infotainment system seen on the likes of the Panamera and Cayenne dominates the centre of the dashboard, and is accompanied by paddle buttons for some key functions located beneath.
On the centre console, physical toggle switches control the climate control and infotainment menus and sit just ahead of a simple oblong gear selector. A solitary cupholder now features in the centre, as does the electric parking brake switch – moved away from underneath the lighting switchgear in the previous generation. And yes, you still need a key of sorts to fire the thing up.
Porsche purists, don’t fear – the analogue central rev counter is still here with some recessed detailing. It is, however, flanked by two digital screens that show speed, drive mode, navigation information and more.
Surely there’s some new tech?
You bet. The infotainment system is permanently connected, with swarm data from online navigation letting you know of traffic situations on the road ahead. A new Wet mode is standard, which uses the car’s computers to detect water and slippery conditions, prepares the car's drive systems and warns the driver accordingly.
Night vision is also available for the first time, as is adaptive cruise with stop-and-go function and an autonomous emergency assist system.
Porsche has also confirmed two new apps: Road Trip and Impact. Road Trip is fairly self-explanatory, allowing you to plan long drives and features curated routes that have scenic spots with exclusive hotel recommendations. Impact is designed to track your CO2 output, and provide you with a simple method of paying to offset it through renewable energy projects and forest protection.
When can I buy a 992-generation 911?
Orders are now open for the Cabriolet and Carrera S. If you’re after a Carrera S coupe, it’ll cost from £93,110 while a tin-top 4S will set you back £98,418.
The new 992 Carrera: entry-level Pork is here
The 992-generation Porsche 911 range is growing, with Carrera models officially joining the line-up available in both coupe and cabriolet bodystyles.
Same 3.0-litre flat-six turbo, albeit with less power - 380bhp - and the same eight-speed PDK auto with rear-wheel drive. The likes of a seven-speed manual and all-wheel drive are expected to arrive later in the year.
A Carrera coupe can sprint to 62mph in 4.2sec (half a second slower than a Carrera S) and can keep going onto 182mph. The Sport Chrono pack Porsche is known for will take off 0.2sec from the benchmark sprint.
As usual, the 992 has mixed-size alloys, with 19s at the front and 20s at the rear with 330mm discs with four-piston caliper brakes nestled inside them. Get your 992 Carrera Coupe from £82,793 and a 911 Cabriolet from £92,438.
You can order the new 911 now, but our spy photographers have snapped the 992 with an as yet unavailable aero pack. Our new pictures show the 992-con-aero pack cold weather testing, and it mainly consists of the huge, fixed spoiler on the back. It's a rather scaffolding-like – high and thin – and seems to take a departure from the rest of the car's design. Still, we're sure it'll be popular.
For more intel on the GT models – keep reading.
Up next: the Porsche 992 GT cars
Most new Porsche 911s use a blown flat-six, but it looks like the GT models – apart from the GT2 and GT2 RS – will remain naturally-aspirated for now. We’re thinking the GT3 will be the first GT model released, as our snappers have spotted the Batmobile-spec Porsche testing on numerous occasions now. Here’s what we know about what many regard as the ultimate 911.
The smart money's on the GT3 using the same, slightly updated 4.0-litre engine that's already in the back of the recently shown 991.2 Speedster. The lack of turbo has been confirmed by a video from Carspotter Jeroen capturing a GT3 mule testing at the 'Ring (see below). Its exhaust note has that characteristic, pure GT3 sound. No turbos here, for the moment at least.
And how do know it's the GT3? Those centre-lock wheels, vented-bonnet and centrally-mounted dual exhausts give the game away. CAR understands that the width of the 992 GT models will not be increased over the standard Carrera S body, and although that sounds disappointing at first, this new GT3 looks to have lost none of the old model's road presence. Perhaps that's because the standard 992 is now wider than the stock 991.2.
Word is it could appear from 2020.
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