To sum up the success of the Porsche 911 you only have to look at how few iterations there have been over the years, a paltry 8 in total. Almost 60 years of existence and they’ve only felt the need to create a new version 7 times since 1963, unfortunately a stance that most car makers today could do with taking note of. The latest generation, the 992, may be seemingly be a world away from the early days of the 911 but Porsche continue to include enough nostalgia to keep their fanbase more than happy. The car may now be much larger than the original, with sharper lines and neater styling cues, but the silhouette is undoubtedly 911. It may be a modern overhaul but bonnet contours and cutlines reminiscent of the G-Series from 1974 as well as rear badging and fully analogue rev-counter both inspired by the 901 prove Porsche know how to keep their loyal customers happy.
But what does the latest generation bring to the party and how does it prove its worth in the noble lineage of the 911 range? Well quite simply, it behaves just like a normal car. The 911 is celebrated the world over for its blistering lap times, precise handling, almost telepathic feedback and ability to be both reliable and dependable but its real party piece is the way it can behave like a normal car when all you need to do is get from A to B, with the family, and all your luggage, in the drizzle. There’s a reason people choose the 911 time and time again when asked which would be their everyday car given the choice if money was no object, it excels in any situation and any conditions.
The latest 992 generation adds the very latest technology and Porsche’s legendary design aesthetic to the mix, only this time they’ve gone more minimalistic than ever before. Whilst the 991 generation was beginning to look a little dated on the inside, the 992 interior has the makings of a design classic with clean lines and simple easy to find and use controls. Porsche interiors were sometimes criticised for being a bit button heavy, especially once you’ve ticked all the options, of which there seems to be more every time, but this time less is more especially when it comes to the interior.
Most of the controls are now buried in the touchscreen menus on the large central screen and easily accessible by category, rather than amongst a cluster of buttons either side of the gear selector. The digital dials behind the steering wheel are more customisable than ever before allowing you to display exactly what you do or don’t want to see whilst driving. The clever trick that Porsche have managed to pull off is that you have more time to be doing exactly that; enjoying the driving.
The 992 911 is the most accomplished drive yet and its useability is the latest generation’s strength. The 3.0 turbocharged engine produces power right when you need it and its linear delivery is manageable and controllable, rather than arriving in bursts and taking you by surprise like some turbocharged engines feel capable of. The steering remains communicative and direct and makes the car feel sharp and responsive, as well as increasingly sure footed if you specify the 4 wheel drive version.
Our 2019 Carrera 4S offers a 65bhp increase, 450PS instead of 385PS, over the standard Carrera meaning that 0-62mph is taken care of in just 3.6 seconds and the top speed is an impressive 190mph. Porsche’s everyday sports car is definitely verging on supercar performance whilst retaining its anonymity and subtleness in everyday situations. The ‘perfect daily’ just became that bit more perfect.
Our 2019 (69) Porsche Carrera 4S is finished in Agate Grey metallic and comes with full Black leather interior with contrasting Crayon stitching. The extensive specification includes optional features such as 20/21” RS Spyder design wheels, Rear-axle steering, Sports exhaust system in Black, LED main headlights including Porsche Dynamic Light System (PDLS), Sport Chrono package with mode switch, Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM), Power steering plus, BOSE surround sound system, ParkAssist including surround view, 18-way adaptive sports seats plus, Electric tilt/slide glass sunroof, Porsche entry and drive and much more. This exceptional example has covered just 1100 miles and comes complete with the remainder of a Porsche manufacturer warranty until October 2022.
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