Porsche 992 Is the Latest Evolution of a Great Sports Car Icon!

The Porsche 911 will be a great 55 years, and now is the 8th generation of this sports car, which is designed internally 992. Soon we will discuss the Carrera 2S rear-wheel variant, so now you will be able to appreciate the journey of more than half a century has brought us to 992.

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Black Porsche 992

Porsche Cars

Porsche 365

Back in the past, Ferdinand Porsche was also the one who created the first car to be sold under the Porsche name tag, and that was the Porsche 356. But it wasn't the same Porsche Ferdinand that was actually the Porsche Ferdinand Junior or better known as the Porsche Ferry. He did not set out to make cheap people's cars. He wants a race car, a fast car like a BMW. He took all the auto parts that were possible, which continually ended up a bunch from the Volkswagen Beetle and made the Porsche 356.

Presently people relate the new Ferry car with the old father. This is a bit unfair, but the fact that they show that they share parts and design this is a kind of inevitable truth. The Porsche 365 was initially designed as an all-aluminum racing car concept. But it finally turned into a road car, and it was super successful, especially in the US.

Porsche 901

In 1963 Porsche began planning a version that was far more luxurious, large, expensive, and more reliable than the 356, and it was called the Porsche 901. As you expect, the new Porche 901 is a rear-engine, 6-cylinder 2+2 coupe with classic silhouette and bug-eyes. The person who designed this car was Ferdinand Porsche.

Porsche 911

Now about the name 911, they were initially called 901. But after the Frankfurt Motor Show, when Peugeot heard this, they filed a lawsuit claiming that every car with a number with zero in the middle belongs to them. Thanks to Peugeot for that because 911 only got better than 901. So in 1964, Porsche began production of the first 911. Over time, regular updates continue to make the car more capable and powerful. Porsche also has a different edition like 911S for the first time. Even kinds of stuff like the first auto box are brought in.

But the first significant update in this series was the G 911 model. This was in reaction to crash safety standards in the US. You need a new impact bumper on the front end that is integrated into the design. The series was also the first round fuel injection series. But more importantly, it was the original series to own a 911 turbo automobile that skyrocketed 911 into the supercar region as one of the most racing cars of its era with an iconic whale tail.

Porsche didn't plan to continue 911. They desired to succeed it with 928, a front-engined car. But 928 was not as successful as 911.

Porsche 964

The next version was the Porsche 964. Although it was not visually different from 911, it brought many technological advancements such as ABS power steering, the Carrera 4 four-wheel drive, the first Tiptronic automatic, and even luxury climate controllers.

Porsche 993

But the big one in terms of design came after this, and that was the Porsche 993. The 993 was the first Porsche to be truly modern, and it was not without reason because this was the significant early departure in terms of design. It only takes 30 years to do it, you need to give Porsche time to design, but this really is a lovely spot. This car has a much lighter design, multi-link rear suspension, and a much better FWD system.

Porsche 996

After this came the Porsche 996 with strange headlights that looked like fried eggs shared with the cheaper Boxster. The air-cooled engine was replaced with a water-cooled because of emissions. However, it has more modern designers, improved wheelbase for better handling, of course, more technology inside. People are not really calm, and the GT variant of that time is really fantastic.

Porsche 997

But in 2004, when 997 came, you could hear the sigh of relief around the world when everyone screamed for the return of bug-eyed. The 997 brings many improvements to the 911 platform. First of all, is the famous passive-active damper on 911, direct ignition engine, first PDK gearbox, vector talks, first sport exhaust option. Carrera S was introduced during this line, as does the GTS as the gold standard of sports cars.

Porsche 991

After this came 991, which was modern and brought a lot of progress. 991 significantly grows 911 length, which clearly gives more space and technology inside. But nevertheless, it's more about getting the rear wheels further back to help with the weight balance of the car. Also, the actual weight of the vehicle goes down compared to the previous generation, which is a rare thing, and it is done thanks to light alloys.

This Carrera S version has a naturally aspirated 3.8-liter engine, which is a beautiful unit that sounds very good and is upgraded to 8,000. But the new model did not have a hydraulic steering wheel because it was replaced with an electric steering wheel that took a long time for people to get used to, even though the GT variant did have beautiful rear-wheel steering that was unusual at the time. Some tremendous technical innovations have come through 911.

Then came the facelift that was very much sharp as you expected in the design. But naturally aspirated engines are replaced with full turbo lines except for GT3 cars. Of course, that means more torque and power, but that also means less noise. But the current GT variant is genuinely legendary, isn't it?

Porsche 992: The 8th Generation

In the past, 2WD cars had narrowbodies, while 4WD and GTS had more large bodies.
Now there is only a vast body, so the RWD Carrera S shares a full body with 4WD. Another thing that makes people worry about completely new cars is that they are getting bigger and bigger. But the footprints and the actual wheelbase of this car are not deterred from 991, which certainly has no significant length or height. Maybe just a few mm here and there. But at the front end, you have a track that is 45 mm wider.

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Porsche 992
When you look at the 991 engine hood, it's the type of round hood like the one in all the other modern Porsches.
992 has returned to the original design of the G 993 model with a square hood. The big difference is it looks a lot more retro 911. Scoop in the middle of the hood looks like in previous cars. The lines in the headlamp unit also appear again.

There are active arrows on the front that can open, depending on your driving style. All upfront looks very classic 911 but is also very modern in an ethical and intimidating way. You will note the larger wheels, but this is actually a staggered arrangement, and they are 20 "and 21" large. This is the first time the staggered arrangement in a non-GT 911. Also, this car has a plasma sport chassis that lowers the height of the vehicle by 10 mm. You will see a subtle change where the door handles actually flush against the door they open when the button is pressed. But they are not really useful in real life compared to before. The back is really where you will recognize 992 compared to the previous car.

The rear wing is about 45% bigger and not only has an on or off stage but several steps depending on what mode you are driving. So it's much more dynamic, and it's general shape and size helps with engine cooling too. Then the long light strip is part of all modern Porsches. The 911 typographic badge is thick, looks very retro. The oval pipe comes from a sports exhaust, the nonsport exhaust gets an ugly quad pipe.

Maybe your favorite part is in the rear, and that is the engine cover. Usually, it's not really the 911 highlight. But there are some really cool little design notes. The brake light seems like a symbol of pause even though it could mean number 11. If you count the bars next to it, there are 9, and when you put it together, it will be 911. Who else comes out with these details apart from the enchanting Porsche?

For the first time, all the car's outer body is entirely made of aluminum apart from the front and rear crumple zones. Not only that, before the use of steel was 60 percent, then reduced to 30 percent. So some real innovations in the use of alloys occur here. Now there is a sport design version of the body kit available. Of course, there are many different alloy choices that you can check because there are technological advancements in every 911.

Porsche 992 Performance

The engine is the same turbocharged flat 6 of 911.2. But it has more power. Now it has 444 bhp, and you have it from a turbocharger that is bigger on this engine that is reflected rather than the exact same and rotates in a different direction, which is more efficient, this reduces lag and also air coolers. They sit on top of the engine to help with the cooling aspect. Unfortunately, you have got a GPS filter in this car.
The gas-particle filter comes into each new performance and vice versa, which, of course, has affected the sound and added 15 kg in weight. But fortunately, its performance is not affected.

Apart from that, you have a new 8-speed PD cake, and this is quite interesting for the future because the size of this gearbox, although a little heavier, allows for hybrid applications. Should Porsche want to do it one day? Maybe we will see several types of 911 hybrids in this generation. The brakes have been updated too, you have a more significant brake on the back of the steering wheel that has been directly modified. So the steering wheel is even better, and you can get the rear wheel at the 911 standard. Finally, something exciting is that you have a wet road detector in the front arch.
They are actually sound sensors that take a damp road sound spray and then recommend that you use a brilliant new wet mode.

Porsche 992 Specs

You may have noticed that many have come out of previous GT gen products to make the 911 standard more resilient. This should not surprise you because the successor of Mr. 911 is Frank Stefan Wallace, who is the current head of GT products. So, this is a good sign for 911 customers and fans because it indicates that the 911 standard and GT products will become more intertwined with time. Speaking of time, the future, GT products, we all joke about how 911 has more variants than some car manufacturers have models, and it won't be different. But, this is just the beginning and the tough things. So, of course, the relay cab has already been shown to us, but you can expect that in the future Targa maybe a turbo GTS that has been seen doing a high-speed spin, and of course, you will get a BT product.

What would look like something like this might be something much better than you guess? But one good news that we heard was just fiction, but it is possible if this gen of GT3 will still use the naturally aspirated engine.

Porsche 922 Interior

An interior is a place where you don't need a petrol head to show the difference because everything is very different. They show a genuinely fantastic interior, the changes are much clearer, but to show how evolutionary it is, let's go back and compare a specific area with the previous 911 generation.

First of all, the driver zone always has five circles since the first generation. But instead, we now have two digital screens on each side that mimic a round circle, and you can change it to whatever you want to show there, including navigation, your mode, etc.

But most importantly, they maintain the analog screen in the middle, which is very important for 911 fans. You must have a watch that looks beautiful in the middle of an analog screen. If you compare this with a G model car, you see it is identical. The same case when you compare it with 993. What about 997? Or its predecessor from 991? In each car, the driver zone is the 911 signature, which does not change. But this is not only "look at the dash and center console" when you compare them in the previous generation, the G model. Then let's look at 993, 997, and 991. You see it in each iteration of the retained form. However, now what you really want to see is unique details because the whole point is how the packaging has been done. When we talk about packaging, this is about how you package technology and interior components in a car.

So as you did in the new 911, you will see many pieces and many types of spaces that are cut, and that is a very tight packaging. Porsche has gone to great lengths to ensure that everything is condensed to give the driver a much fresher and truly functional feeling. But it doesn't only work in that sense because you have so many angular cuts in pieces, it looks super modern.

The first thing you will notice as a significant change is the missing gear selector is the most extended stalk you can press and switch to manual mode, and maybe you really like it personally. But now it looks good when you start noticing how it links to other parts of the interior. You have 3 knobs behind it here, which are temperature knobs.

On the top side, you have a shortcut section with hazard lights, ESP, suspension, and even air vents having the same design. So it will remind you of the shape of the rear 911. You have a nice little external design seeping. Speaking of ventilation, it looks better than any other 911 that ever existed because of how they look like they are floating.

The center console has been cleverly designed, but even the ones on their side look perfect. Once again, you will love the use of textures on the dashboard that touches the fineness of napa leather and then especially in the gray crayon interior. There are so many different nuances that occur and really provide contrast and encouragement. So, you can appreciate all these various forms and understand how the center console has a lack of buttons that we always use to criticize 911.

However, you will miss double cup holders. Now it well designed, but it is only suitable for passengers while the driver only gets this part in the middle. The steering wheel is just one of the best in the world, a tiny diameter with the same design that comes from the hypercar 918 spider. One thing that hasn't been eliminated by Porsche is the 2 + 2 seating arrangement. Many people don't like it, but most people swear because if you are a family, you have small children or you just want to put a little luggage behind, it's beneficial.

922 has ISOFIX on the back. So it's viable if you have two children. 911 can fit into your lifestyle. A significant loss if Porsche doesn't do that, and that's why 911 maintains its very unique position in the sports car market.

It's kind of weird when you see a sports car, and you have modes like normal, Sport, and Sport Plus that you always expect if Sport Plus is the loudest. But in 922, when you start the car in Sport Plus, and then you give a few revs, there is no character at all. However, if you get into Sport, you actually have a very strange burbling, pops, and bank! Because everyone would expect Sport Plus to sound unbelievable, but in reality, Sports sounds are better.

Porsche 922 On the Road

How does Porsche get a good grip from rear-wheel-drive cars? 305 massive cross-section rear tires and the position of the engine in the middle of the rear clearly makes the 922 get the most weight in the back, and this is a Porsche, that's just a good attraction.

Over the years, the Porsche 911 has worn a lot of alleged competitors. You know the comparison of R8, AMG GT, Aston Vantage, and it doesn't make sense like the new Series 8. There is no trustworthy competitor to the 911 because this vehicle is dynamic, if not more than the wheels specified above. See the 2 + 2 seating arrangement that people think is a flaw, but no one can rival this for practicality.

Then you see how the Porsche took it even further in 992. So their passive-active dampers now have a more full range of capabilities. When you switch to normal mode, your comfort is even more comfortable. These are better able to handle larger bumps and small things like rocks and gravel. But when you enter the chassis mode, which is more dynamic, to sports, it becomes far more fixated on the road, especially with the new sport suspension in 922. So if you imagine the comfort scale for sportiness, there is now a far more significant gap between comfort and sports. It just means that the Porsche 922 has more capabilities than it has ever had.

In normal mode, at 70 miles/hour, there is almost no vibration or road noise, and it is a pretty good experience for a sports car. Also, you get a dynamic engine, and they are installed further along with the vehicle, it supports in reducing the vibrations that enter the vehicle. With an 8-speed PDK and a longer final drive ratio means that in the last gears, there is less engine speed and consequently more comfort. Another innovation that we talked about earlier is a wet detector for the road, and that connects to the wet mode, which is quite impressive. It not only uses throttle remapping but also uses arrows and all other information available for the car to be safer.

Porsche 922 has a perfect seat position. You can get very low if you are tall you will have a lot of headroom. It's just a very comfortable car that is paired with an excellent new interior. The space in the back is very brilliant for driving every day. The sound in Sport Plus mode just screams. You don't get bangs pop, crackle, no real emotional tone. Sport Plus is more a track mode, type of business and pleasure, very fuel-efficient, not wasting anything. But Sport mode gets a much better exhaust note. Sounds very good in sport and manual modes, very traditional 911. This will remind you of the Carrera S tone of 991. But clearly, it kind of has the whole turbocharging, you get more essence from the air intake noise. It sounds much better when revs get to 7,500, also plus the little emotional noise you get from it.

It is fascinating to drive fast or slow, and that is how well the work of the Porsche with flat-six even though the GPF is in this car. The sport exhaust option is an absolute necessity for the new 911 because if you don't pick it up, the volume is quieter than the previous two generations of 991. So, you need a sport exhaust system for a better driving experience. The Porsche 922 gets 530 Nm of torque, and all are available at the lower end. Its strength is up to 444, but it feels much more reliable than that. Improvements to the power-to-weight ratio of this car make 922 so fast.

Porsche shortens the first gear ratio! You get more gearshift and around 7,500 rpm before you reach your speed limit. It just makes the car feel more energetic, faster. Of course, this 0-60 car has been upgraded with the Chrono Sport Package. The updated gearbox comes straight out of the GT 911, and it's a lightning-fast change of gear under heavy loads, speed, and that's in manual mode or in Sport Plus. So you get more of a GT car to the 911 standard, and you feel it when you go fast. Another thing you get with the Chrono Sport Package is the drive mode selection, which is accompanied by a support response mode that is 20 s of full attack power. It's nice to have a button when you are touring the city, you want the 20 seconds of exertion that the car gives you.

So there is an option that you need to take, that's for the Chrono package for dynamic engine mounts and supporting mufflers. It just makes for an epic handling experience. 922's electronic steering is perfect, it has other brilliant feedback and width. This tells you exactly where the wheels are, there's no delay in feedback, or feels that's what you need as a driver. It builds confidence, you just drive faster and faster, and you push the car in your hand. The brakes initially felt numb, and the pedal length was definitely shorter. But then you get used to doing it from time to time, and you realize when you drive more dynamically, how much feedback you get. So just by being an electrical system, they are actually outstanding.

Conclusion

The Porsche 922 is just one of the best handling cars. It's fun to go round the corner. The 2 + 2 arrangement and breadth of the adaptive suspension capabilities are outstanding. It's okay if you lose luggage space compared to some cars, but your beautiful children deserve a comfortable space in the car.

As far as the performance has always been a benchmark, and there are still laws coming from the EU, but Porsche has considered it a challenge and only improve 911 further. This is only the beginning of the 992, and surely the variants of the GTS, Turbo, and GT will sound very interesting.

Porsche markets the new 911 most honestly by saying that when we look to the future, we see ourselves looking back, and that is the most fitting statement for the most revolutionary car ever. Each generation of predecessors is so interrelated that by the laws of physics should never have succeeded, but to this day it is still the gold standard of sports cars.