Is Porsche’s 911 still the ultimate sports car: The 992 reviewed

Evolutionary. It’s the best word to describe not just this latest generation of the Porsche 911 but all six inceptions that came before it since the 1963 original.

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The evergreen silhouette; a flat six engine; the motor straddled by the two rear wheels: you’d be forgiven for asking if there’s anything new about this iteration – the 992 – at all.

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We headed to Valencia, in Spain, to take the new 992 – available in the UK from March – for a spin to see if it lives up to that marketing spiel.’

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On one hand, the flagship Porsche is seen as the unimaginative choice. The obvious option. A selection made by those who only want the badge kudos to keep up with the Joneses. Almost a passionless purchase.

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In his 1999 novel Survivor, Chuck Palahniuk wrote, ‘There is no free will. There are no variables. There is only the inevitable.’ Granted, that was satire, but in the car world, few events are as inevitable, and almost boringly variable-less, as the cadence of new Porsche 911s. While purists might argue Porsche, at times, has updated the 911 against their will, history suggests the new version will, inevitably, be good to drive.The cycle resets again for model year 2020, as predictable as a fist fight in the Ukrainian parliament. The 992.1 is the eighth all-new 911 since the model’s birth in 1963, not including momentous mid-cycle updates like the 991.2’s controversial turbochargers. Similarly, in a few years’ time, it’s likely the 992.2 will break new ground by adding a hybrid-electric powertrain; there’s already a blank space in the transmission housing where the torque-fill motor will fit.

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Porsche’s 911 is a standard bearer for its marque, its country and the concept that expert engineering conquers all. Its storied rear-engine configuration shouldn’t work half as well as it does’ and yet for the vast majority of its 56-year history, the 911 has been lauded as one of the world’s pinnacle sports cars.

In this, its eighth generation, the new 992 Series is only set to enhance the legend that is the Porsche 911. Although the new variant is bigger and more luxurious than ever before (and could therefore be seen by some as more of a Gran Turismo than a pure sports car), it is still amazingly capable ‘ on road and on the track.

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It’s one of the world’s longest running and most successful sports cars and now an all-new Porsche 911 is gearing up for arrival in Australia in April, 2019.

While the overall shape is very much in keeping with a long running theme, every panel on the 992 is new and some of the design cues have been inspired by earlier iterations of the 911 (the recessed centre section of the bonnet and retro 911 lettering on the rump are prime examples).

Inside, too, Porsche has looked to its past in redesigning the interior, injecting plenty of tech along the way.

Of course, being a 911 there is a unique rear-engine layout that places the engine behind the back axle. That helps create that classic shape (look at a profile pic of a 911 and you’ll notice the extended rump) and also means the luggage area is under the bonnet rather than the boot.

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PORSCHE has produced more than a million examples of its 911 since 1963 – and the brand really seems to be getting the hang of making a great car greater. The latest and mostly new 911, the eighth to wear the badge and due to arrive here in April, is better than the fine sports car it will replace.

There’s more power from the 911’s trademark flat-six engine and an extra ratio in its double-clutch transmission. The suspension has been improved and the steering made even more direct.

These changes mean the new 911 has stronger straight-line acceleration and takes less time to complete a lap of the famed Nurburgring circuit.

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Circuit Ricardo Tormo is a 14-turn mess of mostly flat, late-apex corners that’s no match for Mark Webber and the 2020 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S. The former Formula 1 pilot, 24 Hours of Le Mans winner, and ‘ to use his native Australian ‘ ‘top bloke,’ makes the Guards Red C4S dance and juke and move as I sit, jaw in my lap, in the passenger seat.

I’m out with Webber following my own six-lap, lead-follow stint at Circuit Ricardo Tormo. Yet, the two-lap blast around the Spanish circuit with the Australian racer behind the wheel highlights just how capable even a relatively mundane version of the latest 911 (the 992 to Porsche-philes) will be when it makes its way to customers. While Webber shows off the 911’s upper limits, it’s my day of testing on Spanish roads that proves the 992 is smarter and safer thanks to the same kind of small, deliberate, incremental changes that have typified Stuttgart’s most famous sports car.

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