Porsche has long been a brand invested in evolution rather than revolution, though not all of their changes have immediately proven popular. When the much-loved (but admittedly slow-selling) 993 was replaced by the 996, fans balked. When the 991 moved to an all-turbocharged engine range in the non-GT models, fans clambored for the naturally aspirated cars. When the Boxster and Cayman moved to a four-cylinder there were torches lit and pitchforks branded on message boards across the internet. We think, however, that the 992 might be spared this fate.
Click-bait title aside, Porsche has been quite consistent with each new model being empirically superior to its predecessor. For all of its faults the 996 was more powerful, lighter, and faster than the car it replaced. The 992 likewise represents a step forward from the 991 with all-aluminum construction, and promises improved performance across the board.
The new car also returns to a classic 911 instrument cluster shape, while better integrating the myriad tech features modern buyers demand. Functionality has improved, but the button count has dropped dramatically. Of course, as Harry points out, you can’t see the fuel gauge without moving your head. I think they picked up that trick from the 944.
Though its evolution may have resulted in many improvements, Harry notes the new car is not perfect. Cabin road is apparently exceptionally high, with Harry’s meter showing more than 80db over some surfaces. Certain conditions also cause the optional sports exhaust most press cars are equipped with to be an annoyance rather than a boon, and the car is not as livable or comfortable as 911s traditionally are.
In practice though, Harry’s impression seems mostly positive. The PDK transmission seems to get cleverer with each generation, turn-in is positive, grip as at an all-time high for a Carrera, and the car is certainly not lacking for pace.
Of course to deliver a verdict, we’ll need to drive one ourselves.