LA Auto Show, late November. That’s when you’ll see a next-generation Porsche 911, that is already famous to a Porsche true by a inner regulation name: 992. Yet we’ve been in a new automobile already, notwithstanding sheltered — during slightest as most as we can censor a iconic figure of a 911.
Our hide preview materialized when we listened that some Porsche crew would be entrance to a San Francisco Bay Area to shake down a few preproduction 992 models before to a LA launch. We met them there and managed to join a float in a procession of Carrera S coupes.
So, is a 992 a estimable successor? The decisive answer will have to wait for a full contrast in a months to come.
But we can learn a lot about a automobile from a newcomer seat. Especially one as hotly expected as a latest Porsche 911.
Back to Cali
San Francisco and a surrounds were comparison for their opposite topography and weather, as good as for a “aggressive” — Porsche’s word, not ours — pushing character of a locals. The bureau drivers, meanwhile, were evidently fabricated as an all-star team. We had Alex Ernst, contrast group leader; Andreas Pröbstle, plan manager for a 718 and 911; Matthias Hofstetter, executive of powertrain product lines for a 718 and 911; and Aug Achleitner, clamp boss of a 718 and 911 product lines, who is mostly referred to as “Mr. 911.”
There’s zero these gentlemen don’t know about a 992, and we tapped them adult for as most as they were peaceful to say. We were also treated to some formally fervent pushing to get a ambience of what this new 911 is all about.
Does It Still Drive Like a 911?
First things initial — as most as we can tell from a newcomer seat, a answer is yes. We sat alongside each motorist on Porsche’s group during several points on a route, and it’s transparent a 911 has mislaid nothing of a urgency, a turbocharged low-rev punch and still-enthusiastic query for revs delivering huge, clear pace.
The framework is a good match, too. You can feel a cessation coping with a vagaries of a informal tarmac, roving with genuine restraint while progressing glorious control. The flat-six sounds good, too, utterly a U.S.-specification exhaust, that does yet European cars’ empty filter. For once, American buyers get something cold that Europeans can’t have.
We emerge some-more fervent than ever to get behind a 992’s wheel. The LA Auto Show can’t come shortly enough.
Familiar Face, More Moxie
Let’s be honest, a 992 was never going to demeanour too different. The 911 is a regulation that’s endured given a 1960s, and with over a million cars built, Porsche isn’t about to happen with it. Recessed back lights aside, this is all informed 911 things in form and function.
Having pronounced that, a 911 contingency also outperform a automobile it’s replacing, that is accurately what it’ll do. The Carrera S model’s turbocharged flat-six engine retains a 3.0-liter displacement, yet improvements to a intake, turbos, intercooling, injection complement and empty give it an commanding 450 horsepower and 391 pound-feet of torque. That’s 30 some-more horses than a effusive Carrera S and on customary with a 991 Carrera GTS, yet with incomparable efficiency. It’s also adequate to safeguard a 0-60 mph time absolutely underneath 4 seconds and a tip speed in additional of 190 mph. You’d have had to buy a 911 Turbo not prolonged ago for that kind of performance.
As for a customary Carrera, it should offer around 385 hp when it joins a indication line subsequent year. The LA entrance of a 992 is wholly focused on a Carrera S and 4S coupe, privately with a PDK involuntary transmission.
No Manual … and a Hybrid?
Rest assured, a three-pedal setup is on a way. It’ll be offering opposite a whole Carrera operation when that customary Carrera arrives after a S. The lineup will embody both coupes and cabriolets from subsequent year, while a Turbo and other amped-up variants should follow fast after. There’ll be a Targa and a GTS, yet we’ll be in for a somewhat longer wait for those. The wheeze is a Turbo will have in additional of 650 hp when it comes.
The 992’s PDK involuntary is large news. Unlike a manual, that stays a seven-speed unit, a PDK gains a ratio to turn an eight-speed gearbox. This chronicle of PDK been re-engineered from a delivery in a Panamera, with “Mr. 911” Achleitner revelation that they have “prepared this automobile for a hybrid resolution in a future.” To wit, a delivery has space in it for an electric motor.
As powertrain guru Hofstetter put it, “the automobile is prepared for hybrid. We can’t change a wind, yet we can set a sails in a right direction.” Achleitner added: “The whole automobile in a layout, a structure, is prepared for a hybrid resolution in a future. We will not do it right now, since we are not nonetheless confident with a performance, generally of a batteries.”
Weight has been a pivotal consideration, with a 992 expected to import most a same as a prototype notwithstanding a changes. Revised engine ascent improves stiffness, that should be utterly profitable in a convertible. The Carrera S upgrades to customary staggered circle diameters, with 20-inch front wheels and 21-inch rears wearing 245/35 ZR20 and 305/30 ZR21 tires, respectively.
All Carreras will be also wide-bodied, that means there will be no split in breadth within a Carrera lineup, regardless of specification. The back breadth matches that of a effusive GTS, while a front lane is indeed a bit wider. This tweak, says Achleitner, enables a 992 to grasp incomparable cornering force yet wanting stiffer hurl bars, also permitting for a softer back hurl bar.
Agility, usability and motorist interest sojourn core to a 911 ethos. Achleitner underlines this, observant that “everyday usability is really critical for us, hugely important. We are unique, we sell genuine cars, not mechanism games that are simulated. You have to have feel. That is essential with a cars.”
Details That Make a Difference
Like a effusive car, a 992 will offer PASM adaptive cessation and a choice of rear-wheel steering. Notable extras embody Porsche Surface Coated Brakes (an careful choice to CO ceramics), a Sport Chassis that lowers a 992 by 10 mm, and a Sport Chrono Pack, that adds equipment such as active engine mounts and incomparable configurability in a motorist settings.
In further to a informed Normal, Sport, Sport+ and Individual pushing modes, there’s now a “wet mode” in all Carreras. The 992 will automatically primary a back wing’s angle of attack, as good as a fortitude and gearbox control systems, if acoustic sensors in a front circle housings detect H2O on a highway surface. This is necessary, says Achleitner, since a 911 “is light and rides on far-reaching tires.” Should a motorist wish full declaration when such conditions threaten, soppy mode can be comparison manually.
Convenience is softened with keyless entrance and ignition (finally) customary in all 911s. The extraneous doorway handles even cocktail out to hail we when we approach. Glancing around a preproduction 992 interior, it’s clear behind Porsche’s deception that a executive touchscreen is larger, a operation and demeanour being really identical to that of a Cayenne.
What’s a Bottom Line?
We’ll be means to fill in a rest of a sum when a 911 is strictly suggested subsequent month, and of march when we expostulate it shortly thereafter. Our early entrance reveals, though, that Porsche hasn’t messed with a core interest of a rear-engine icon, even if underneath it’s utterly a poignant step forward.