The All-New Porsche 992 – Everything You Need to Know
Porsche just unveiled the all-new Porsche 992, and it’s so gorgeous that you might want to use it as your profile picture on all of your social media accounts immediately after seeing it. It’s the culmination of everything that the German automaker has learned about making cars since 1948, which results in one hell of an automobile. It can only be described with superlatives like exciting and impressive, so here are five things you need to know about the new Porsche 992.
History of the Porsche 911
Before we talk about what’s coming next, let’s look back at where it all began. The original 911 debuted in 1963 as a rear-engine (read: no traction), 2+2 coupe. Over its 54 years, it has changed dramatically.
In fact, there have been so many iterations of the car that we decided not to even bother listing them all here instead check out Car & Driver’s recent rundown of 35 Years of 911 Turbo S Performance. From humble beginnings, however, it’s gone on to become one of Porsche’s most iconic models and one of history’s most beloved sports cars.
And now? It looks like history is repeating itself. While details are still scarce, we know that Porsche will be unveiling an all-new 911 soon. So far they’ve released just one teaser image of a front end dominated by large air intakes and three round lights.
We can only assume they’re headlights because, well, why else would you put three lights on your front end? Other than those few sparse details though, everything else is speculation and you know how much we love speculation around these parts!
The design of a car is an extension of its brand, an impression that can be created long before you even see it. If you walk up and down a street lined with expensive cars, for example, it feels different than if there are more lower-priced models on it.
The 911 has been around for decades, so it’s easy to think of its appearance as being very traditional. That shouldn’t take away from how important looks are in defining what kind of person will buy one.
Like previous generations, each new version of 911 looks unique in ways that are obvious at first glance while also hinting at some subtler details only someone who cares about cars will recognize.
The front end is dominated by a wide grille flanked by round headlights. It’s similar to earlier versions but less boxy looking, which makes it look sleeker and more modern.
The rear end doesn’t have any tail lights—they’re hidden behind a black panel above the bumper but instead use two wide air vents flanking an exhaust pipe that runs horizontally across most of its width.
A spoiler sits just above them, adding to a sporty profile. This generation of 911 is smaller than previous ones, making it easier to maneuver through traffic or park in tight spaces. And yet it still manages to maintain its classic shape, giving buyers something they won’t get tired of seeing every day.
At night, LED lights under the headlight give it a distinctive glow. The 2018 model comes in several colors, including blue and green; silver, gray and black; white; red; and orange. There’s also a special Heritage edition available in either yellow or matte black paint.
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These hues may not seem like much compared to other sports cars, but their simplicity helps make it stand out among other vehicles on the road. Inside, there’s enough room for four people plus luggage and everything else needed for longer trips.
Seats are comfortable and supportive without feeling too firm or soft, providing support during fast driving without causing discomfort after hours of travel.
There’s plenty of space between seats too, allowing passengers to move freely without getting tangled up with each other (or their belongings). The dashboard is simple but stylish, using carbon fiber accents and brushed aluminum trim throughout its surface.
The 911 is no shrinking violet, and its cabin doesn’t skimp on luxury. The front seats are sculpted to fit you perfectly from lumbar support to seat height and are upholstered in leather and Alcantara.
Looking more closely at those items, you’ll notice that Alcantara is actually a blend of polyester and suede; because it can dry quickly, it effectively prevents moisture buildup during heavy rainstorms.
Meanwhile, controls have been redesigned with an eye toward simplicity; there are fewer buttons than ever before, and some functions are handled via a joystick or by touch alone.
Instead, Porsche has created its own operating system called PANA (Porsche Advanced Cockpit), which uses voice commands to control navigation and other features of your smartphone.
This interface works well for making calls but isn’t quite as intuitive when it comes to using apps. In addition, unlike most modern cars, you won’t be able to use two different phones simultaneously; if you want Bluetooth audio streaming, then only one phone will work.
As far as power goes, drivers get a choice between two turbocharged flat-six engines: one displaces 3.0 liters and produces 370 horsepower while another cranks out 440 ponies thanks to twin turbochargers.
Both motors send their power through either a seven-speed manual transmission or an eight-speed PDK dual-clutch automatic gearbox. Buyers who opt for the manual transmission also get shift paddles mounted behind the steering wheel so they can make shifts without taking their hands off of it entirely.
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Engine, Specs, Price, Release Date
The new 911 sports car is powered by a newly developed flat-six engine. The displacement of 3.0 liters was developed for normally aspirated operation, but it will be possible to equip future cars with turbochargers and even superchargers in some markets.
Power output has increased by approximately 20 percent compared with its predecessor, as have torque values. Both values are fully available across a very wide rev range and therefore guarantee optimum responsiveness at all times.
The new 911 sports car can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 3.2 seconds; the top speed is 290 km/h (180 mph). Thanks to its excellent efficiency, fuel consumption figures are low: 7 l/100 km (34 mpg imp) on average.
CO2 emissions amount to 179 g/km; combined fuel consumption is 8.4 l/100 km (29 mpg imp). In addition, Porsche offers a variety of assistance systems for driving dynamics control and vehicle stability management that make everyday driving easier and safer.
They include standard features such as Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC), PASM, PSM, and PTV Plus. Other optional extras include rear-axle steering, Sport Chrono Package Plus including Launch Control, and a Burmester high-end audio system.
In combination with optional ceramic brakes, which offer outstanding braking performance even under extreme loads, these technologies provide fascinating possibilities for sporting use on road and track alike. And when required, they ensure maximum safety in critical situations.
With an array of options including state-of-the-art driver aids like Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus (PTV+) or Rear Axle Steering plus advanced chassis technology like active shock absorbers or adaptive damping, there’s something for every taste.