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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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    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.

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    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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    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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    BASHING THE 911 WITH THE UGLY STICK

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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
    • Oof, you don't like the 992 then, Lee? I would say, let's wait until we've driven it, but that's not going to shrink it any. See this month's 'modern'Oof, you don't like the 992 then, Lee? I would say, let's wait until we've driven it, but that's not going to shrink it any. See this month's 'modern' 911 test for our view on these things   More ...
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