THE CARRERA S PERFORMS AS WELL AS THE OLD GTS
of headroom). The S we drove is good for 331kW – which, ironically, is the output of the current-gen GTS. You also have the choice of a new eight-speed PDK or a revised version of the seven-speed manual.
The twin-turbo unit redlines at 7500rpm, maximum torque is a healthy 550Nm (S) and the fuel-consumption hasn’t increased despite the addition of an energy-sapping particulate filter. It’s all pointing towards the Carrera S being no slouch. And it isn’t. With launch control activated, the PDK version can accelerate to 100km/h in a brisk 3.7 seconds and remember, this isn’t a ‘fast one’. It’ll also go on to a top speed of 309km/h, which should be plenty for most occasions. In a nutshell, the new Carrera S performs as well as the outgoing GTS, that’s how far the 992 shifts its performance game.
At a glance, the 992 is everything but a head-turner. Sure, all the traditional cues are there – this is a 911 after all – yet there are delights to be found in the details. If you look closely you can spot the contrasting black bumper inserts front and rear, the extra dose of Botox and filler for the guards and wider rims. Then there’s the new, fancier three-part pop-up rear spoiler – thanks, Panamera. More cooling is now being channelled to the brakes and the radiators via slim, horizontal intakes that can selectively block off certain louvres. And then there’s the fulllength tail-light, which delights as many as it annoys. OPPOSITE
Final styling is yet to be fully revealed, but the pre-production car we drove leaves little to the imagination. As usual, it’s small tweaks ABOVE
Those who worry about brake dust and dirty wheels can opt for the PSCB technology introduced in the new Cayenne BELOW
The 992 offers LED headlamps with cornering lights and a pair of adaptive multibeam matrix eyes (cost options)