New 2019-2020 Porsche 911 992 hikes power and adds hybrids. New line-up will be turbo only and all models will pack more power. Hybrids due 2020.
Current ‘Porsche Turbo’ headlines may well be reserved for the company’s first allelectric sports car, the Taycan Turbo – a bizarre name given the car is completely devoid of any turbocharger. Photograph courtesy Andreas Mau.
Porsche doubles down on EV strategy
The 992 has been spotted undertaking lying laps around the Nürburgring Nordschleife as Porsche looks to cement a lap time at the famous circuit ready for the car’s imminent release. Porsche took two mules out onto the ‘Ring, the most noticeable difference between them found at their rears: the twin oval pipes of one prototype indicates the shape of the stock exhaust system, while the quad-tipped prototype hints at the appearance of cars fitted with optional Sports exhaust.
The new 911 is coming and the re will be a hybrid model… New Porsche 992 911 is almost ready. Redesigned model range appears later this year. Hybrid model will be most powerful 911 yet, while GT3 could retain natural aspiration.
Alongside Vice President Product lines 911 and 718, “Mr 911” August Achleitner, who was keen to learn what the former racing driver thought, Webber had the chance to inspect the car with its camouflage almost completely removed. Returning from his fast laps at Porsche’s development centre in Weissach, he said: “In a word, that was awesome. There are so many highlights. The wide front axle, for example, seemed to give it greater cornering performance and turning-in became even more precise. The different front and back wheel sizes make a big difference to stability when you’re changing direction quickly too. As for the design, I love it: it’s very clear and typical Porsche.”
The simple answer is yes, of course it is. Shifting from combustion to battery power is a huge shift for both Porsche and the industry. Inevitably, planning for that future is an enormous challenge. It won’t all go smoothly.
We aren’t entirely sure that Porsche is too keen on keeping the next-generation 911 much of a secret. The latest spy photos don’t really “spy” Porsche’s new supercar as much as they showcase it from every angle. The car isn’t even painted the normal shade of Porsche prototype black, and we will happily admit this new 911 is positively gorgeous in blue. There’s no possible way this car would go unnoticed in public, and we suspect that’s exactly the way Porsche wants it.
Launch of 992 C4 underlines commitment to traditional Porsche power
Now that it is 2020 (at least as you read this – as I write it I don’t even know who won the bloody election), I’ve been thinking about what Porsche I’m most looking for driving in 2020, and I guess a lot depends on whether we’ll even see let alone get a go in the new GT3. My guess is that even if it’s shown, I won’t get behind the wheel this year. But a new 2021 Porsche 911 Turbo 992? That seems altogether more likely.
It’s the new 911, more and less. The new 911, the 992, was introduced in Carrera S and 4S forms, and has since seduced everyone who’s been anywhere near it. Blame a stunning interior, bewitching driving dynamics and such weight of desirability you wonder why anyone else even bothers. Now the new 911 is here in non-S Carrera guise, both as a coupe and as a convertible.