Waiting is coming to an end. The all-new Porsche 911 may not be a rare case in the past (currently it's a more typical seven-year model cycle), but the new 911 is still an exciting event and promises to be one of the highlights of 2019.
The new model will be called 992, and with the constant stream of teasers and spy images, Porsche also revealed a lot of information about what can be expected under the new, yet known skin.
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The new Porsche 911, which will be officially presented later this year at the automotive show in Los Angeles, will appear in the Carrera S version with the same basic, 3-liter, six-cylinder turbocharged engine as before. However, for the new car, the S engine will have similar output power to the previous-generation GTS engine, so about 450bhp and good for an estimated 0-62 mph time 4.0sec – 0.3sec faster than the outgoing Carrera S and 0.1s faster than the rear-wheel drive GTS wheels.
Porsche has introduced changes to the Carrera engine to achieve the desired power and meet new emission standards. The 992 version has a new intake system, injectors and intercoolers, as well as particulate filters in exhaust systems. Despite the addition of a larger part of the filters, Porsche has made the new car the same as the outgoing model, and its construction is more versatile.
The first wave of 992 cars will be equipped with PDK transmissions – new eight-speed dual-clutch gearboxes with room for an electric motor. The seven-speed manual, taken straight from the 991, will be available next year with the less-efficient Carrera base model with a capacity of approximately 385 horsepower.
The Carrera line will be additionally reinforced by 4 and 4S – all-wheel drive models – soon. However, the entire Carreras of 992 generations will use the same body width; there will be no version with a narrow body for models with rear-wheel drive, and Carreras will have a width of up to 991 GTS (1852 mm). It is expected that the Turbo models – which together with GT models will be presented in the next 12 to 18 months – will have an even wider body, as before.
Like the current GT3 RS and GT2 RS, the Carrera S will be equipped with rear wheels with a larger diameter compared to the front. As standard, the S will be equipped with 20-inch front wheels and 21-inch rear. Porsche did not reveal anything more about the mechanical construction of the chassis, but we know that there will be an additional driving mode that changes the electronic system and the control of the chassis and drive system. The new mode is activated automatically when the car detects that it is driving in rainy weather thanks to the sensors in the front wheel arches. There will also be a wet mode (along with Normal, Sport, Sport + and Individual), if the driver wants more help in really slippery conditions.
This is not the place where the electronic assistant systems end, just like the new 911 will have lane maintenance options, a warning before leaving the lane and night vision. There will also be a key-free entrance and new door handles will appear when the driver approaches.
From what we have seen in the brand new 911, even though it is masked with stickers and poultices, it retains the basic aesthetics of an old car, as it has been for over 50 years. However, there are clearer and clearer details in these primitive paintings.
Under the new skin Porsche revealed that it does not rule out adding an electric drive to its main sports car, the 911 model. In an interview for Porsche's own magazine, the director of the 911 model line, August Achleitner, expressed his appreciation for the upcoming electric car brand, Mission E.
But Achleitner confirmed that the next generation 911, chassis 992, will not be a clean sports car, and the six-cylinder engine is now crucial. But, as mentioned above, thanks to the new gearbox, it is possible to start the electric motor. In subsequent interviews, Achleitner said that Porsche was not satisfied with the performance of hybrid versions, in particular batteries. Presumably the extra weight they add negates the advantage of having a hybrid system on board.
Encouraging, as a man responsible for the most iconic Porsche model, Achleitner was very clear that adding 911 new technologies, such as electrification and communication, could not be at the expense of a unique car experience. "With every innovation, the decisive factor for me is whether it fits the character of 911." Although he saw the future in which 911 is an electric car, Achleitner is less convinced that he will ever be fully autonomous: "Model 911 will always have a steering wheel."
What will the next generation 2019 Porsche 911 look like?
In addition to indicating what 911 may look like in the distant future, Achleitner revealed his philosophy, which explains what the next 911 might look like in comparison with version 991. In a Porsche-style, a new car will not be a radical departure from what we saw earlier, but for good reason. He wants the 911 to be timeless, and he sees subtlety as the best way to achieve it: "Even where the public can expect a greater" factor of delight, "in the long run, some aesthetic reserve pays dividends."
Although we only see disguised arrows of the new generation 911, 992, the biggest changes in its external appearance are concentrated around the back. They show the car with light that stretches across the back seat as on the current 4S Carrera. This car may be the next generation Carrera 4S or, like the latest Panamera and Cayenne, it may happen that any car in the 911 range will receive a full-size rear light beam. This would not be the first time – both 911 and 911 generations 911 had a similar design feature. The similarity to 993 is not limited to the back light strip, because the square mask with the matching bumper and wings also resembles the 90s 911.
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What will the interior of 992 Porsche 911 look like?
The interior of the new generation Porsche 911 appeared, showing a full view of the interior of the upcoming model with a few hidden elements. As expected, there is a Panamera-style center console with shiny black surfaces and a few buttons. In the center of the dashboard there is also a wide information screen with the same clean and black and white graphics that debuted in Panamera.
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A new PDK gear selector can be seen between the shiny black panels. Instead of a high, ball-tipped lever that the car currently uses, it is a small rectangular device. It looks, however, that it is not adapted to be changed up or down by coefficients and is used only for selecting a disc, reversing or parking. Wheel-driven wheels can be the only way to manually change gears.
In the version with manual transmission, we hope that the position of the cup holder, which we see in the latest spy shooter – not far behind the PDK gear selector – will be shifted. It looks like your elbow will sit right here when you change gear.
The known 5-dial 911 devices have also significantly changed; two screens replaced the outer four knobs. These displays look like the picture, as if they could be configured to look like four targets, but we suspect that both pairs can be combined to create two larger screens, just like the Panamera line. Purists can breathe a sigh of relief because the central dial is still the right analog tachometer.
The appearance of the steering wheel has also been changed. Fortunately, not dramatically, considering how well the 918 style steering wheel was adopted on modern Porsche. We see, however, a set of buttons filling two horizontal spokes that can be safely mounted by controlling the multimedia displays and dashboard.