In objective terms, the Porsche 911 has once again raised its game. That might sound trite but, when the basis for improvement was an eminently usable sports car already widely regarded as the definitive driving machine among its peers, Porsche deserves all the plaudits it will surely get.
This new 992 is better balanced and usefully more agile than its predecessor, with a second-generation turbocharged powertrain of explosive straight-line potential and class-leading efficiency. The interior is a masterclass of ergonomics and a much clearer selling point than a 911’s has ever been, and there are perhaps no cars of comparable performance so easy to slide into and drive fast.
However, our criticisms have a familiar ring to them. With this generation, the Porsche 911 has grown in stature yet again, and possesses a character more distant and aloof than not only the models that fashioned its legend but indirect super-sports car rivals such as Aston Martin’s thunderous Vantage, which now aren’t a great stretch more expensive.
We look to later 992 variants to inject greater excitement into the mix. That said, as an opening gambit, this Carrera S is mostly stellar, and goes to the top of the class.