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Wider, more powerful eighth-generation 911 is still eminently fast, and capable at all speeds

The much-celebrated, world-renowned Porsche 911, now 56 years and eight full model generations old, remains a shining beacon to the rest of the car business.

It offers a salutary lesson to other car makers: manage your icon carefully and preserve what’s unique and distinctive about it, while updating what’s old and flawed; listen to what people love about it; and keep it relevant, modern and competitive without making it any less special. By sticking to these principles, you can make enduringly profitable success out of sports car making. What’s more, you can do it in a way unlike anyone else in the industry.

Rear spoiler remains retracted at up to 56mph, at which point it extends to its middle position, and fully deploys above 93mph

It may not always have been the case, but this car remains great business for Porsche. It’s often said that Stuttgart’s SUVs make the money that it can, in turn, invest in its world-class driver’s cars – but that does a gross injustice to the cash-generating capacities of the 911.

The Macan and Cayenne have turned Porsche into a 250,000-unit car maker, it’s true. But since the mid-1990s, when the firm introduced the first Boxster and rationalised its sports car platforms, the 911 has been in a league of its own as a business proposition among sports cars of its price. And only cars as successful as that get to flourish for as long as this one has.

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As you may have already read, this latest-generation 911 counts as more of a revision than a thorough technical reboot. The ‘992’ sticks with updated versions of the turbocharged flat-six engines of the facelifted ‘991’, has become very slightly larger and stiffer in its underbody construction and, unlike any 911 before it, has all-aluminium bodywork. There is also new suspension tuning and a new gearbox, while an all-new interior brings the 911 right up to date.

Price £93,110 Power 444bhp Torque 391lb ft 0-60mph 3.4sec 30-70mph in fourth 5.3sec Fuel economy 23.1mpg CO2 emissions 205g/km 70-0mph 39.8m

The Porsche 911 range at a glance

The Porsche 911 line-up is in a strange, transient place at the moment. Carrera S and 4S versions of the new ‘992’ are now on sale, in both coupé and convertible bodystyles, alongside GTS, GT3 RS and Speedster versions of the ‘991’.

The '992' range can be depended on to expand to include Turbo and Turbo S, track-ready GT derivatives and Targas in due course too, as well as less powerful engine tunes and even more powerful GTS trim levels.

Manual gearboxes will also be added later, according to Porsche – and eventually, in all likelihood, run-out versions like the Carrera T and the epoch-making GT2 RS.

 

Porsche 911 FAQs

Is the Porsche 911 available as a plug-in or hybrid?

Porsche has been something of an EV pioneer with its Taycan, while the next generation Macan will be all electric, as will the Cayman and Boxster. Then there are the Cayenne and Panamera, which are both available as plug-in hybrid models. Yet the Porsche 911 has missed out on any electrification, sticking instead to its iconic, rear-mounted flat-six petrol engine. However, the brand has revealed that a plug-in 911 will arrive in 2024, potentially boasting more than 700bhp.

What are the main rivals for the Porsche 911?

In many respects, the Porsche 911 exists in a class of one, as no other model is able to match the 2+2 model’s blend of performance and practicality. However, for driving thrills and visual excitement the mid-engined Audi R8, while for old-school front-engined rear drive entertainment there’s the Aston Martin V8 Vantage. The McLaren GT comes close to matching the 911’s everyday comfort and usability, as does the BMW M8 - although it’s a bigger and heavier car.

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How much power does the Porsche 911 have?

Regardless of the model, the Porsche 911 isn’t short of firepower. Even the entry-level Carrera packs 380bhp, while the Carrera S and GTS deliver 444bhp and 473bhp respectively. Then there’s the track-focused GT3 that serves up 503bhp from its naturally aspirated 4.0-litre flat-six (all other 911s are turbocharged). The Turbo has an impressive 572bhp, but the Turbo S increases this figure to a monsterous 641bhp, which is enough for a 2.7 seconds 0-62mph time and 205mph top speed.

What choices of gearbox does the Porsche 911 have?

Almost every version of the Porsche 911 comes as standard with the brand’s brilliant seven-speed PDK twin-clutch gearbox. Serving up incredibly fast and smooth gear changes. It’s one of the best of its type in the business. It’s particularly satisfying in manual mode, when you can use the wheel-mounted paddles for greater control. However, there is a manual gearbox option for the Carrera S (seven-speed) and GT3 (six-speed), which has a deliciously precise and short throw action for ultimate driver engagement.

Where is the Porsche 911 built?

Like almost all the brand’s models, the Porsche 911 is built at the Zuffenhausen factory in Germany. All versions of the are built here, including the coupe Cabriolet, Targa and track-hardened GT3. Although Porsche can trace its roots back to 1931 and the first cars were built in Gmund, Austria, Zuffenhausen became the company’s home in 1950 when it employed a local coachbuilder to assemble bodywork for the firm’s first car, the 356.

How many generations of the Porsche 911 are there?

Not many cars of any type can match the long history of the Porsche 911, which made its debut in 1964. Now in its eighth generation, the legendy 911 has undergone numerous changes, including most significantly the adoption of water-cooled engines with the 996 model in 1998. However, over the years the car’s basic template has remained the same, with a rear-engined flat-six engine and 2+2 seating layout. And while it has got bigger on the outside, the Porsche’s styling has always been an evolution of the original, making the car instantly recognisable.

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Porsche 911 First drives