Porsche’s Top Five videos have typically involved some kind of historical model, or moment of Porsche’s past. For this one, the company chose to highlight some of the designer’s favorite details of the 992-generation 911. You can watch the full video below, including Porsche’s director of exterior design Peter Varga, talking up the 992 in perfect German. If you don’t ‘spreken doich’ make sure the subtitles are turned on to get an inkling of what he might be saying.
First thing out of the gate he mentions his love of the vertical third brake light assembly. If I were asked, I might say that particular design element is my least favorite of the 992 generation.
Next is the revised lower rear fascia, which integrates the exhaust surround and the intercooler air exit into the same design element. It’s a slick way to do things, for sure, and especially so when the painted element of the rear bumper extends below that rear fascia. It’s a unique look that works well for the 992.
After waxing poetic about the car’s new sculpted sides and the way the headlights integrate into the shape of the front bumper. It’s at the front that we see the other element of the 992 that I personally find slightly offputting, and that is the squared off corners of the front trunk lid. On a car that is so round and smooth, this sharp edge seems incongruous.
Overall, the 992 is a handsome design, and Porsche (as well as Varga) are right to be proud of it. In the final element highlight, Varga talks about the “Sports Car Shape” of the new 911, but it’s definitely matured enough that it can’t rightly be a sports car anymore. The 992, a larger and more comfortable experience, is more a Grand Tourer with a few sports car pretenses remaining these days.