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Words fail. The 911 has never been a particularly attractive sports car, in the way that a Ferrari or Lambo is, but the new #Porsche-992 / #Porsche-911-992 really has been bashed with the ugly stick. It looks like one of those car cartoons, with pumped up bodywork and exaggerated, angled wheels beloved of the Max Power brigade in poster and (bizzarely) ceramic form. It's not especially pretty from any angle, but from the rear three quarter view it appears as though the 911 silhouette as we know it has been reversed into a bulbous blob. A bulbous blob, which is in fact the bloated rear arches and rear apron, which clearly have to be that size to accommodate the ludicrous 21in wheels. As the catchphrase goes: 'Does my bum look big in this?' Yes, it does, bloomin’ enormous in fact.
It's not much better at the front. Indeed, on first glance it just looks like a Panamera and it can't be much narrower either. I can only imagine that this extra girth will be required to accommodate the batteries and other hybrid gubbins that is apparently coming sooner rather than later to what was once a compact 2+2 sports car.
The constant evolution of the 911 has been a wondrous thing, but perhaps it's possible to evolve too far. The 911’s shape has always been dictated – to a degree – by its layout and Porsche's desire to 'keep it in the family', but the simplicity of the original has been utterly lost. It's time to stop, preferably now, and reconsider the concept of the 911, because it really shouldn't be allowed to evolve to the point that moving its bulk around becomes a challenge. If it were an animal it would be considered to be some sort of freakish mutation. Enough is enough.
New 992 is too big says reader, Leonard Harding. Below: 911&PW’s midengined fleet
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