Porsche 911 992 Carrera (2019-...)
Date of unveil by Porsche AG: November 27, 2018
Premiere: November 27, 2018, Porsche Experience Center Los Angeles
World market launch: 2019 as a 2020 model
Technical specifications and comparison - Coupé
|Modification||kW||lb-ft||Nm||Gearbox||0-60 mph||0-100 km/h||mph||km/h||kg||lb||W/lb||W/kg|
|911 992 Carrera S Turbo 3.0 Coupé||331||390||530||manual 7-speed||1475||3252||102||224|
|automatic 8-speed||3.5 sec./* 3.3 sec.||3.7 sec./* 3.5 sec.||191||308||1515||3340||99.1||218|
|911 992 Carrera 4S Turbo 3.0 Coupé||331||390||530||manual 7-speed||1525||3362||98.5||217|
|automatic 8-speed||3.4 sec./* 3.2 sec.||3.6 sec./* 3.4 sec.||190||306||1565||3450||95.9||212|
|911 991 Carrera WLS/GTS Turbo 3.0 Coupé||331||404||550||manual 7-speed||3.9 sec.||4.1 sec.||194||312||1450||3197||104||228|
|automatic 7-speed||3,7/*3.5 sec.||3.9/*3.7 sec.||193||310||1470||3241||102||225|
|911 991 Carrera 4 WLS/GTS Turbo 3.0 Coupé||331||404||550||manual 7-speed||3.8 sec.||4.0 sec.||193||310||1495||3296||100||221|
|automatic 7-speed||3.6/*3.4 sec.||3.8/*3.6 sec.||191||308||1515||3340||99.1||218|
The 992 generation 911 was launched by Porsche CEO Oliver Blume, racing driver Mark Webber, head of design Michael Mauer and head of 911 August Achleitner in Carson at the Porsche Experience Center Los Angeles in the evening of November 27, 2018. Only the Carrera 4S version was shown and it was announced that initially only Carrera S and 4S will be available. Luckily this time the Carrera S has the same wide body as the 4S and it also has the 911 trademark rear lamp panel that during the 996, 997 and 991 generations was reserved only for the 4S.
8th generation 911
The design of the 992-generation 911 is closer than ever before to the 993-generation that ceased production in 1998. The majority of porschephiles agree the 911 design reached its peak with the 993. The front lid now has the groove in the middle (not so embossed as on the 993, but still) and the lid's front edge is also straight, not curvy as it has meanwhile been on the 997 and 991 generations. While the 992 got good design stuff from the 993, its overall stance - its proportions and size - are naturally closer to the 991.
The curvy shape of the fenders, especially at the back, is closer to the 993 than ever before. The 993 was followed by the 996-generation which had its design formed by the aerodynamics, so it was sleek and didn't look as good as it should have. The slick "soap look" of the 996 Carreras will probably be valued in the future. The majority of Porsche fans are not racing drivers, so they are more interested in better looks than in better aerodynamics. The majority was heard and the wheel arches have protruded again ever since the 997 generation was launched in 2004. In 2011, the 991-generation 911 once again got wider fenders, but the 992 even tops that. While the 992's rear end width stayed the same as on the widebody 991, at the front, he body width was increased by 1.8"/45 mm, making room for a wider front track. The rear end now also has the same width across all models. That is really good news for the people who prefer sports cars with rear wheel drive, but at the same time want the wide body.
There are also good news at the rear of the car. The lamp panel design language is from the 971-generation Panamera (launched in 2016), but the upper edge of the lamps is completely straight. Straight rear lamp panel is another cool design feature from the air-cooled era nine-elevens!
The standard moving rear spoiler is wider than before. It is nicest when flush with the body and not so nice when erected (still, nicer than the 991 Carrera rear spoiler in its upper position).
The engine now has the particulate filter and the injection technology is new - efficiency has been increased by way of an improved injection process and a new layout for the turbochargers and charge air cooling system. The multi-clutch automatic transmission now has 4 shafts and 8 speeds. The new automatic is 20 kg /44 lb heavier than the previous 7-speed PDK. The body is constructed to safeguard the occupants in the case of an accident and is now 12 kg/26 lb heavier despite the full aluminium outer skin. The compulsory particulate filter adds another 10 kg/22 lb. And the larger wheels are heavier - all in all, the 992 with automatic transmission is approximately 55 kg/110 lb heavier than its predecessor.
A new feature is the Wet Mode. As rain sensor would not provide adequate information (the road is still wet after the rain), there are sensors in the wheel arch which detect how wet the road is. Wet road has been a rather big problem for the 911 since the 993 Turbo came with the very wide rear tyres which made the car aquaplane rather easily. Although aquaplaning cannot be minimized, the driver is now better informed.
The interior is completely new, but classic from the first glance. The gear selector is very small and only acts to select forward or backward driving directon. The instrument cluster is similar to the latest Panamera - the central tachometer gauge is accompanied with digital screens on the left and right. The touchscreen now has a diameter of 10.9". The car is permanently connected (while the GSM network is available) and the online navigation system is based on swarm intelligence. The Night Vision Assist with a thermal imaging camera is optionally available for the first time for the 911. At a distance of up to 300 metres, a thermal imaging camera detects people and wild animals the size of a deer or larger. The system is able to classify the relevant thermal source with the help of the camera and to distinguish an animal from a parked motorcycle with a warm engine, for example. The system highlights identified persons or large animals in yellow and displays them on the colour screen of the instrument cluster. If the system identifies a potential hazard based on the movement and position of the detected person or animal, the warning in the instrument cluster turns red and an audible warning tone sounds. In combination with the LED Matrix headlights, the detected person is also illuminated briefly three times.
Porsche belongs to Volkswagen
While the 997 was a completely Porsche-designed 911, Volkswagen bought Porsche when the designing of the 991 had started, so the 991 was a mix product between Porsche and Volkswagen. This meant that in addition to traditional Porsche option codes, the 991 had a few Volkswagen option codes. As the 992 was the first 911 designed completely under Volkswagen, it is the first 911 that has only the Volkswagen option and build codes - no more M-codes or Porsche Exclusive X-codes.
Porsche Impact calculator
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The 911 Hybrid: it's coming, but will be announced later
EU demands the CO2 levels to be decreased to under 95 grams per kilometre over the fleet of new cars by the end of 2020 (with even much lower targets for 2025 and 2030). This means Porsche not only has to start offering fully electric vehicles (which it will from 2019), but has to hybridize the 911 aswell. Remember, 911 hybrid racing cars were made already in 2010 and 2011.
Porsche CO2 values achieved by 2018
|CO2 emission||Plug-in||Peak power||Weight|
|56 g/km 2017 Panamera 4 e-hybrid||Yes||340 kW||2170 kg/4784 lb|
|66 g/km 2017 Panamera Turbo S e-hybrid||Yes||500 kW||2310 kg/5093 lb|
|70 g/km 2014 918 Spyder e-hybrid||Yes||652 kW||1675 kg/3692 lb|
|71 g/km 2014 Panamera e-hybrid (970.2 generation)||Yes||306 kW||2095 kg/4619 lb|
|78 g/km 2018 Cayenne e-hybrid||Yes||340 kW||2295 kg/5181 lb|
|79 g/km 2015 Cayenne e-hybrid (958.2 generation)||Yes||306 kW||2350 kg/5060 lb|
|*** 95 g/km 2020 average in EU ***|
|158 g/km 2016 718 PDK||-||220 kW||1365 kg/3009 lb|
|167 g/km 2011 Panamera hybrid (970.1 generation)||No||279 kW||1980 kg/4365 lb|
|169 g/km 2016 911 Carrera PDK (991.2 generation)||-||272 kW||1450 kg/3197 lb|
|193 g/km 2011 Cayenne hybrid (958.1 generation)||No||279 kW||2240 kg/4938 lb|
|206 g/km 2019 911 Carrera 4S automatic (992 generation)||-||331 kW||1565 kg/3450 lb|
|212 g/km 2016 911 Turbo S||-||427 kW||1600 kg/3527 lb|
|267 g/km 2015 Cayenne Turbo S||-||419 kW||2235 kg/4927 lb|
|269 g/km 2018 911 GT2 RS||-||515 kW||1470 kg/3241 lb|
|296 g/km 2016 911 GT3 RS||-||368 kW||1420 kg/3130 lb|
As you can see from the table, the future holds no room for the normally aspirated 992 GT3. Even the lightweight 2-litre 4-cylinder 718 is far from the 2020 demands and it makes just a small share of Porsche sales. The rest of the models are heavier and with larger engines, meaning drastic changes are carried out by 2020. The main downside in hybridizing a sports car is that it will gain weight. The weight increase on the hybrid versions of the Panamera and the Cayenne was 15-18% for the plug-in (e-hybrid) versions, but don't expect that much on the sports cars. As the Panamera and Cayenne hybrids are comfortably under the EU CO2 emission requirements, the 911 hybrid doesn't have to strive that much - the fleet average is the target. The 911 hybrids can be well over 100 g/km cars, which means they don't have to carry much batteries.
Going over the 95 g/km CO2 in fleet average in 2021 translates to the penalty of 95 EUR per every gram over the limit per every car sold in a year. For example, the 296 g/km 2016 911 GT3 RS would theorethically be liable for 19.095 EUR penalty if sold new in 2021 (if not balanced out by electric and hybrid cars from the same manufacturer or group). The 158 g/km 718 would be responsible for 5985 EUR penalty, which makes 10% of its price. It is not probably the amount of penalty that would take the customers away from the high CO2 cars in the future, but it is that nobody wants to be a bad person.
All the 4-door Porsches will become electric and hybrid, versions with just an internal combustion engine (ICE) will disappear for them. In Europe, which is behind the CO2 regulations, Porsche's sales divide into 55% for 4-door and 45% for 2-door cars. Roughly speaking, if half of the cars (4-door) will be under CO2, then the second half (2-door cars) can keep on polluting. This means a few 2-door ICE Porsches will remain.
As Europe only makes 20% of Porsche sales, the EU environmental rules will not affect all the models sold in USA, China and other markets. The 4-cylinder 911, the 912, might also make its comeback after more than 40 years.
Stuttcars speculation on Porsche 911 models after 2020
|912||2-litre 4-cylinder turbo||~150 g/km||Engine from 718|
|912 e-hybrid||electric + 2-litre 4-cylinder turbo||~80 g/km||Small light battery pack|
|911 Carrera e-hybrid||electric + 6-cylinder turbo||~90 g/km||Small light battery pack|
|911 Turbo e-hybrid||electric + 6-cylinder turbo||~90 g/km||~600 hp, small light battery pack|
|911 GT||3-litre 6-cylinder turbo||~200 g/km||Lightweight RWD track day car, ~600 hp|
The ones who have driven Tesla Model S, know, that electric acceleration makes you smile as much as you have used to in your 911 when flooring it. People tell the acceleration feeling in a Tesla is like in a 911 Turbo. If you don't agree, it means you haven't floored a Tesla Model S. The 992 Hybrid (and the 992.2 Electric?) will naturally be heavier compared to the 992 GT, but 991 Targas and Turbos have shown that heavy weight hasn't decreased the sales. With Panamera Turbo S e-hybrid Porsche showed that the extra weight will be balanced out with extra power (500 kW in the case of Panamera Turbo S e-hybrid). If you are not going to the race track - which most of the Porsche owners don't - you never focus on the weight of the car. And for going to the track there will always be a dedicated 911.
We think that the top end 911s will not have larger than 3-litre engines, but 600 hp will be taken out from them. The normally aspirated track day cars disappear meaning there will probably be one car instead of the earlier GT3 and GT2, and, hopefully with a more appropriate name as these days are long gone when GT2 standed for a racing class.
Article © James Herne / Stuttcars.com
911 992 Carrera S and 4S Coupé
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