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 that has brought us to Porsche 992.
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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 the Porsche Ferdinand Junior or better known as the Porsche Ferry.
Presently people relate the new Ferry car with the old father. This is a bit unfair, but 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.
In 1963 Porsche began planning a far more luxurious version, 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 a classic silhouette and bug-eyes. The person who designed this car was Ferdinand Porsche.
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.
Porsche didn’t plan to continue 911. They desired to succeed with 928, a front-engined car. But 928 was not as successful as the Porsche 911.
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.
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 a significant early departure in terms of design.
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 one because of emissions.
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.
After this came 991, which was modern and brought a lot of progress. 991 significantly grows 911 length, which gives more space and technology inside. Nevertheless, getting the rear wheels further back to help with the car’s weight balance is about getting the rear wheels.
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 complete 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.
Porsche 992: The 8th Generation
Maybe just a few mm here and there. But at the front end, you have a track that is 45 mm wider.
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 911 typographic badge is thick, looks very retro. The oval pipe comes from a sports exhaust, and 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 the 911 highlight. But there are some excellent little design notes.
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.
Porsche 992 Performance
The engine is the same turbocharged flat 6 of 911.2. But it has more power. Now it has 444 bhp. You have it from a bigger turbocharger on this reflected rather than the same engine and rotated in a different direction, which is more efficient, reducing lag and better air coolers.
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.
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.
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 where you don’t need a petrol head to show the difference because everything is very different. They offer 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 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. It would be best to 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.
So as you did in the new 911, you will see many pieces and many types of spaces that are cut, and that is very tight packaging.
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 like it personally.
You have a shortcut section with hazard lights, ESP, suspension, and even air vents having the same design on the top side.
However, you will miss double cup holders. It is 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 globally, a tiny diameter with the same design as the hypercar 918 spider.
Porsche 922 has ISOFIX on the back. So it’s viable if you have two children. The 911 can fit into your lifestyle. A significant loss if Porsche doesn’t do that, and that’s why 911 maintains its 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 Porsche 922, when you start the car in Sport Plus, and then you give a few revs, there is no character at all.
Porsche 922 On the Road
How does Porsche get a good grip from rear-wheel-drive cars? The 305 massive cross-section rear tires and the engine’s position in the middle of the rear make the 922 have 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 911 because it 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 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 reducing the vibrations that enter the car.
An 8-speed PDK and a longer final drive ratio mean less engine speed and, consequently, more comfort in the last gears.
Another innovation that we talked about earlier is a wet detector for the road that connects to the wet mode, which is quite impressive. It uses throttle remapping and 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 screams. You don’t get bangs pop, crackle, no authentic 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, a very traditional 911. This will remind you of the Carrera Stone of 991.
But clearly, it 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 Porsche’s work 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 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, 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. The 922’s electronic steering is perfect, and 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 drive faster and faster, and you push the car in your hand.
The brakes initially felt numb, and the pedal length was shorter. But then you get used to it over time, and you realize as you push more dynamically how much feedback you get. So just by being the electrical system, this car is fantastic.
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 room in the car.
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; the GTS, Turbo, and GT variants 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 physics laws should never have succeeded, but to this day, it is still the gold standard of sports cars.
Ryan Daniel is a car enthusiast, and he has years of experience in the automotive field as an engineer. Now he is also active as an automobile blogger and member of the auto community.