The latest iteration of the iconic Porsche 911 is finally here, and message boards and social media outlets everywhere are ablaze with comments about how it looks ‘the same’ as the last one. Porsche’s constant tweaking and refinement of the classic shape is part of what makes a 911, a 911. When you get it right the first time, why change it? This most recent 992 chassis certainly looks more aggressive than the outgoing model, however.
At first glance, the oversized front grilles make the front-end look meaner – but keen-eyed Porsche fans will also notice that the entire car is incredibly wide. In fact, the previous 991 chassis was significantly wider than the 997 before it, and this new 992 is 45-milimeters wider than that up front. Additionally, new Carrera 2 models will receive the same wide-body treatment that the higher level trims get, which is a departure from Porsche’s usual practice.
The 992’s shoes have been upsized along with the rest of the car’s proportions. The standard wheels are 20-inches in diameter up front, with massive 21-inch units out back.
The base Carrera power figures haven’t been released yet, but the Carrera S leaves the factory with 444chp – mated up to an eight-speed PDK transmission and a manual transmission in the near future.
The Carrera 4S sees 0-62mph in 3.6 seconds, with the RWD-only Carrera S at 3.7 seconds, respectively. Top speeds are reported to be 191mph for the RWD Carrera S, and 190mph for the Carrera 4S.
The physical gauges in the main cluster have been partially replaced by multi-function displays that are becoming increasingly popular in new cars. There is still a traditional tachometer, and a 10.9” infotainment system graces the center control stack.
Prices for the 992 911 start at $113,200 for a Carrera S, with the Carrera 4S coming in at a base price of $120,600.