15 percent of the new Porsche 911 isn’t new

Porsche 911 isn't new

As much as 15 percent of the new 992 Porsche 911 is carried over from the outgoing 991-generation car that first debuted in 2011.

Spoiler alert, you might be thinking (sarcastically). Indeed, the 992 feels like a facelift and then some, rather than a completely all-new car.

That’s not such a bad thing, is it? The 991 evolved into an excellent car in the end, after a rather shaky start. Indeed, the 997 of 2004 was something of a refinement of the all-new generation of 911 that came in with the 996 in 1997.

Porsche 911 isn't new

“The entire car is itself an innovation, with plenty of details which true Porsche enthusiasts will appreciate”, Member of the executive board for procurement, Uwe-Karsten Städter reassures us.

“The car follows firmly in the tradition of our previous rear-engine sports cars, though the familiar contours of the shell belie the cutting-edge technology underneath: more than 85 percent of all parts are new.”

So what does the 992 actually borrow from the 991? Well, though similar looks may deceive, almost nothing carries over body wise. Even the door handles are new flush items. The track is wider, the body is all aluminium and the cabin has been completely overhauled.

Porsche 911 isn't new

Underneath is where we start to see familiarity. The engines, in particular, are a development of the turbocharged units seen in the outgoing second-generation 991. You can expect some smaller, more insignificant, marque-wide components to be carryovers, too. Nothing to write home about, if you will.

Indeed, none of this takes away from the fact that the 992 got rave reactions from the outset. Something the then all-new 991 sorely missed when it introduced direct fuel injection, a controversial seven-speed manual transmission and electric steering back in 2011.

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