After more than an hour of spir­ited driv­ing, the car and the driver fi­nally be­gin to gel and form a com­mon flow. There is no doubt about it, this 911 moves in a more com­pli­ant, yet also more ag­gres­sive man­ner. It can go at a faster pace and it hangs on for quite a bit longer. Its big­gest in­di­vid­ual dy­namic im­prove­ment is the ex­tra front-end bite, which al­lows for higher apex speed and a broader sweet spot at the limit.

“The 992 builds up quan­tifi­ably more me­chan­i­cal grip than the 991”, says Ach­leit­ner. “The ad­justable Bil­stein dampers cover a broader range of ac­tion, the new pas­sive en­gine mounts take the sting out of lift-off ma­noeu­vres, the steer­ing ra­tio is about 5 per­cent quicker. Lit­tle things per­haps, but on ag­gre­gate they do make a dif­fer­ence. While the man­ual cars come with a me­chan­i­cal diff lock, the PDK mod­els boast an elec­tron­i­cally con­trolled side-to-side torque dis­tri­bu­tion.”

While the Carrera comes with 18- and 19-inch wheels, the S is shod with 245/35 ZR20 tyres up front and 305/30 ZR21 Pirelli P Ze­ros at the back. With the grunt un­der­foot, all hell would 01/ GEAR CHANGE Plucked from the Panam­era, the 992 gains an eight­speed PDK

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