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    Hybrid #Porsche-911-992 ‘in three or four years’

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    Porsche chairman Oliver Blume has reaffirmed that the company is committed to launching a petrol-electric hybrid version of the 911. “We will continue with high-performance petrol engines in our sports car for as long as possible,” said Blume. “We are thinking about a hybrid drivetrain for the 911. The platform is already prepared.” Porsche has gained expertise in hybrid drivetrains through its motorsport activities, including three wins at Le Mans with its 919 Hybrid. Blume said the hybrid driveline under development would be the highest-powered driveline in the 911. He pointed to the Panamera S-E Hybrid as an example of what is possible, noting that it uses 60Ah battery technology and makes around 700bhp. By comparison, the latest evolution of the 911 Turbo uses a twin-turbo 3.8-litre petrol engine developing 532bhp. “There’s no decision yet whether we will have a plug-in hybrid, which has more weight but more range, or a solution like that in the 919 Hybrid race car,” said Blume. “But in three or four years we’ll be able to offer a hybrid of some sort in the 911.”

    A hybrid 911 would be the most powerful in the model’s line-up
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    First 992 products from Exclusive revealed

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    Porsche has revealed the first options readily available for the #Porsche-911-992 from its Exclusive Manufactur department. A lightweight- #carbon-fibre-roof , #LED headlights and Porsche-embossed headrests are already available via the 992’s online configurator, with leaked images on social media showing a forthcoming GT3-style fixed rear wing.
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    Switching from a Cayman GT4 to a GT3… That is exactly what my friend Ron Mercurio recently did. Ron owns a local body shop called BumperDoc. He does all the paintwork for Makellos Classics, who have been featured in Total 911 several times. The Porsche fanatic has owned 911s in the past, but when the GT4 was released he jumped on the opportunity to get one. While he was enjoying Porsche’s mid-engined GT4, he was still missing the 911. As we Neunelfer owners know, once you have owned a 911 the experience stays with you forever, and nothing else will do.

    San Diego, USA
    Model 997.2 GT3 RS
    Year 2011
    Acquired February 2011

    Model #2015-Porsche-911-GT3-991.1 / #2015 / #Porsche-911-GT3-991.1 / / #Porsche-911-991.1 / #2015-Porsche-911-991 / #2015-Porsche-911-GT3-991.1 / #2015-Porsche-911-GT3-991 / #Porsche-911 /
    Porsche-911-991 / Porsche

    Year 2015

    Acquired December 2014

    As I’ve written previously, every weekend several of us take our GT3s along with Ron’s GT4 for some incredible drives through the back hills of San Diego. On one of those drives in mid-2018 I offered Ron the chance to drive my GT3, which he enthusiastically accepted. After experiencing driving a GT3 for the first time he set his mind on getting the new 991.2 GT3.

    He searched every dealer in California but only found one local dealer willing to sell him the car. However, if he wanted one it would cost him an extraordinary $30K over MSRP.

    Determined not to give up, he searched the entire US Porsche dealer network and eventually found Champion Porsche in Florida. They allowed him to order a GT3 for $10K over MSRP. Ron eagerly put in his order for a Chalk-coloured GT3 with a manual transmission. After what seemed like an eternity to him, he took delivery of the 911 just before Christmas.

    I asked Ron how the GT3 compared to the GT4. He noted that driving the 911 feels more like an event, and you know you have something more ‘serious’ behind you. He states that while the GT4 clutch is stiffer, the Cayman feels tame in comparison.

    He said the GT3 touches your senses much more. The sound of that 4.0 engine is incredible in comparison to the Carrera S engine in the Cayman GT4. The mid-engined Porsche is no slouch, but when it comes down to it, it just isn’t a 911. Once you have owned a 911 it makes its way into your soul and nothing else will do.
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    When we sold the house that put the money in the bank that allowed us to buy the 993, everyone thought we were nuts. I’ll admit that looking at the estate agent’s pictures had me wondering what we were doing, but I’ve honestly no regrets on the move, particularly as it allowed me four years of 993 ownership.

    Kyle Fortune
    Warwickshire, UK
    Model: #Porsche-911-Carrera-2-993 / #Porsche-911-Carrera-2 / #Porsche-911-Carrera / #Porsche-911-Carrera-993 / #Porsche-911-993 / #Porsche-911 / #Porsche-993 / #Porsche / #1994-Porsche-911-Carrera-2-993
    Year #1994
    Acquired December 2014

    I seem to be having much the same discussions around the 993, with everyone saying I’m mad to sell it. For us it’s the right time to do so. There was a bit of a wobble when I popped into Sports Purpose and it was being detailed by Richard Tipper of Perfection Valet. Richard is a bit of a legend in our little car world, his clients trusting him with some of the most ridiculously exotic super, sports, road, race and rally cars.

    He’s detailed more £1m+ cars than imaginable, the word ‘Tippered’ entering many motoring enthusiasts’ lexicon to describe his work. To say it was transformational on the 993 is to do the job he did on it a disservice – it really did look like a new car. Inside and out, the 993 looks sensational, Tipper spending an entire day to get it looking so good.

    Now it’s looking perfect there are a couple of small jobs that need doing to have it completely ready for sale. The rear chassis legs are getting some attention as we speak, and a new set of discs are going on the front. Like the house we sold that allowed its purchase, the 993 will never have looked, or felt better when I eventually relinquish the keys to it. I even went through the service history and tidied it all up in date order in a new folder.

    All I can hope is that it goes to someone who’ll enjoy it as much as I have; it really is a lovely example. Yes, I know, I would say that, but then I do get to drive a lot of them. That’s partly why parting with it won’t be too heart-wrenching, as I’m lucky enough to drive all manner of 911s and write about them on these pages – as well as other cars elsewhere. With a new baby arriving in a few weeks I’ll be too exhausted to miss the 993. At least that’s what I keep telling myself while everyone else continues to say I’m mad…
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    Drive-My 992 Club takes a look under the skin of the #Porsche-992 at a #Porsche technology workshop for the new 911. Here you can see the return of the twin intercoolers to above the flat six (see aft of decklid, inset), as first used on the #Porsche-911-Turbo-993 . The air box has been moved out into the wings in their place. #Porsche-911 / #Porsche-911-992
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    Porsche’s decision to put on a #Porsche-992 workshop for selected media was a wise one, chiefly because the upstep in technology is so great. I’m not just talking about engine and chassis gadgetry on the 992, either. With new apps and online services dedicated to road trips, restaurant ratings and even your environmental impact, this isn’t just a new car anymore, it’s a whole new lifestyle for the Porsche 911 driver.

    2020 / #Porsche-911-992 / #Porsche-911 / #Porsche

    First we visited the production line at #Zuffenhausen to see how the 992 is made, with a notable emphasis on quality and sustainability. Quality has always been important to Porsche, but a £700 million investment in Zuffenhausen with a new paint shop, new engine shop, and a doubling in size of its trim shop for the 992 shows how seriously the company is taking it going forwards. This thirst for quality is matched by sustainability, which is all part of Porsche’s push towards smart manufacturing with ‘Production 4.0’, the ultimate aim of which is to be a carbon neutral factory lead by humans and assisted by robots. Porsche says a complete overhaul in infrastructure at Zuffenhausen has been necessary to comply with its wider environmental commitment, especially as it plans to up its build quota of 250 cars per day currently to 440 per day by 2020.

    Then it was off to the track at Hockenheimring where we could get our first glimpse of the car in action, and better understand the componentry behind it. We’ll be dissecting every aspect of the 992 at great length in coming issues. It’s going to be an exciting year ahead, and we’ve upped our own quality too – subscribers will now get each Drive-My/992 post delivered with an exclusive cover, ensuring a clean and classy addition to your coffee table.
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    Lee Sibley
    The eighth generation of Porsche’s 911 is officially unveiled at a lavish ceremony on the eve of the LA Auto Show. After a formal introduction on stage by Oliver Blume, chairman of the executive board at Porsche AG, the world’s press scramble to get their first look inside the 992.

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    As Porsche’s new #Porsche-911-992 generation of 911 roared onto centre stage in Los Angeles I decided to spend some time reflecting on the outgoing 991 and what its legacy is going to be in the future. It’s fair to say the 991 has always divided opinion among enthusiasts – much like the 964 in 1989 for its ABS and power steering, or the 996 in 1998 for its water-cooled engine and new looks. Detractors of the 991 have always pointed to the car’s big proportions and its lean towards more of a grand tourer than outright sports car. Enthusiasts, meanwhile, have hailed it as the generation which gave the 911 a contemporary feel, breathtaking performance and greater all-round capabilities.

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    While those bigger proportions cannot be argued against, I have to agree with those who say the 991 has been a brilliant chapter for the 911’s legacy. The statistics also somewhat back that up. Of the 1,049,330 911s produced since 1963 to 31 October 2018, a staggering 217,930 have been 991s – very nearly one in four. Away from the success in the sales room, the 991 should be noted for championing the power of analogue.

    The ingenious subtlety of the 2016 R will be a pillar of 911 history going forward, giving us not only a manual gearbox but likely the best one ever found in a Porsche. That thirst for special analogue cars ricocheted down the model line-up to the Carrera T and GT3 Touring at a time when other manufacturers were shifting towards auto-only transmissions. The scintillating noise of a naturally aspirated 991 GT car at 9,000rpm will live long in the memory, too.

    It’s time for a new era of 911, and we’ll welcome the 992 with aplomb in 2019, but I feel it is right to first pay our dues to the 991 generation, which I think history will be very kind to indeed.

    “The 991 should be noted for championing the power of analogue”
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