► New 992-generation Porsche 911
► Box-fresh 911 Sport Classic unveiled
► All you need to know in detail
Stuttgart’s unending evolution of the 992 range continues with this – the new 2022 Porsche 911 Sport Classic. It’s the second iteration of the company’s Heritage Design collection and the ducktailed special will be limited to 1250 units worldwide.
The 992 Sport Classic follows 13 years after the last model and seeks inspiration from the 1972 Carrera RS 2.7. ‘The Heritage Design models represent the most emotionally driven concepts of the Porsche product strategy,’ said Alexander Fabig, VP of individualisation and classic in Stuttgart. ‘This unique approach sees the Style Porsche design department working with Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur to reinterpret iconic 911 models and equipment from the 1950s through to the 1980s and to revive design features from those decades.’
Result? The Turbo’s wide body, that prominent fixed rear spoiler and a double-bubble roof, wrapped around the 3.7-litre flat six twin-turbo engine. Mustering 543bhp, it’s the most powerful manual 911 yet.
Why Porsche keeps developing the 911 range
The Sport Classic isn’t the only new Porsche waiting in the wings. Our sources suggest another naturally aspirated powerplant is in the works and we’ve spotted the facelifted 911 (called the 992.2) on test. We expect the 992.2 to be available with a 4.0-litre nat-asp flat-six, and our most recent shots seem to confirm that. Take a close look at the exhaust system on the new 992.2 mules, and you’ll see it clearly resembles the system on the current Cayman GT4 and GTS 4.0.
GT-models aside, the 911 has been turbocharged for a while, with a forced-induction 3.0-litre engine in the back of most models. However, CAR understands that buyer demand for a larger, purer engine has meant Stuttgart has reintroduced a non-turbocharged option after all. The fact the Cayman had a larger displacement powerplant than the 911 could have been an issue, too. It’s likely this NA engine could exist as a seperate model or in the GTS only, sitting alongside the current turbocharged lump we see in the majority of the range.
The move will surely generate increased demand for the new 911, and it won’t cost much in R&D either. It seems Stuttgart engines will essentially be using the same engine already seen in the Cayman.
Keep reading for more on the current 911 (992.1).
911 (992): what you need to know
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.
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