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Ev­ery new 911 is im­por­tant. Each marks an end of one era and the be­gin­ning of an­other. But the lat­est model re­vealed at the Los Angeles auto show could prove the most sig­nif­i­cant yet. This, ladies and gen­tle­men, is just pos­si­bly the last Porsche to be truly, recog­nis­ably ‘911,’ the last to sim­ply hang a flat-six petrol en­gine out over its rear axle and wrap it all up in an iconic two-plus-two shell. Give it up for the new 992, which in Car­rera S for­mat is good for 450hp, hits 60mph in barely more than three sec­onds and roll on to over 190mph.

Im­me­di­ately, it’s ob­vi­ous just how much more mus­cu­lar the new 992 is over the out­go­ing 991 mod­els. That’s be­cause with the 992 there is no longer any such thing as a nar­row body 911. All mod­els come in wide-arched for­mat. The front arch bulges are now par­tic­u­larly con­spic­u­ous. Across the bow, the 992 is not only fully 45mm wider than the out­go­ing 991 Car­rera, but also wider than any pre­vi­ous 911, in­clud­ing GT and RS mod­els. As for what fills those arches, the 992 takes its lead from 991 RS mod­els. The 992 Car­rera S sports stag­gered di­am­e­ter wheels, with 20 inch­ers up front and huge 21-inch rims at the rear. For the record, the 992’s wheel­base is yet again ex­tended over the 991 gen­er­a­tion.

Fur­ther styling ren­o­va­tions up front in­clude a bon­net re­cess that evokes that of early air-cooled 911s, as does the al­most un­bro­ken shut­line right across the join be­tween the bumper and the front wings and bon­net. It re­places the com­plex se­ries of joins and panel gaps of the 997 and 991 gen­er­a­tions. Mov­ing back, the 991’s door han­dle loops have been re­placed by flush­fit­ting Tesla-style pop-out items. At the rear,

vi­su­als are dom­i­nated by a new seam­less full-width LED light bar, some­thing of a Porsche styling sig­na­ture of late. Atop the new light clus­ter is a much broader vari­able-po­si­tion spoiler. All ex­te­rior pan­els are now alu­minium for fur­ther weight sav­ings over the al­ready pretty par­si­mo­nious 991 model.

In­side, the lat­est 911 is clearly in­spired by the very ear­li­est air-cooled mod­els. The in­stru­ment cowl is par­tic­u­larly redo­lent of the air-cooled era. To that, of course, the 992 adds a very mod­ern twist. The cen­tral rev counter re­mains an ana­logue af­fair. It’s flanked by a pair of frame­less, float­ing high def­i­ni­tion dis­plays that of­fer nu­mer­ous con­fig­u­ra­tion op­tions. Those screens are aug­mented by the cen­tral dash-mounted PCM dis­play, now 10.9 inches across and sport­ing a new, more in­tu­itive user in­ter­face and added func­tion­al­ity in­clud­ing nav­i­ga­tion with so-called ‘swarm’ data for im­proved traf­fic info.

While we’re talk­ing dig­i­tal fea­tures, the 992 is the first 911 to of­fer a wide range of driver aids. High­lights in­clude adap­tive cruise con­trol com­plete with au­to­matic dis­tance con­trol and stop-and-go ca­pa­bil­ity, while a new ‘Wet’ mode in Porsche’s PSM sta­bil­ity con­trol pro­gramme re­lies in part upon acous­tic sen­sors in the wheel arches. An­other high-tech op­tion is a new ther­mal imag­ing sys­tem called Night Vi­sion As­sist.

But what, you ask, of the stuff that re­ally mat­ters, the bits that make the new 992 go? Slung be­hind the rear axle in tra­di­tional 911 style is a re­vised ver­sion of the 3.0-litre twin-turbo flat six from the pre­vi­ous gen­er­a­tion. Porsche says ef­fi­ciency has been in­creased thanks to an im­proved di­rect fuel in­jec­tion process, while the in­stal­la­tion of the tur­bocharg­ers and charge cool­ing sys­tem has been tweaked. All told, power for the Car­rera S model is up 30hp to fully 450hp. At launch power is trans­mit­ted to the rear wheels via a new eight-speed it­er­a­tion of the smash­hit PDK dual-clutch gear­box. Crit­i­cally, the new ’box sup­ports the in­te­gra­tion of hy­brid power. But that won’t fea­ture un­til the 992 re­ceives a facelift for the 2023 model year.

Thus con­fig­ured, the Car­rera S coupe is good for 191mph and hits 62mph in 3.7 sec­onds. The all-wheel drive 4S model shaves an­other tenth off that time and adding Sport Chrono re­duces that by a fur­ther two tenths. Take an­other tenth or so off for the sprint to just 60mph and you have a stan­dard is­sue 911 that’ll hit the 60mph bench­mark is nearly three sec­onds flat. Fuel con­sump­tion ac­cord­ing to the old NEDC met­ric is 31.7mpg, while the CO2 out­put is pegged at 206g/km.

While all of those num­bers look good, the one de­merit ap­pears to be mass. The new 992 is around 55kg heav­ier than its pre­de­ces­sor. For now, Porsche is only an­nounc­ing Pdk-equipped Car­rera S mod­els, with a start­ing price in the UK of £93,110. The stan­dard Car­rera and mod­els of­fer­ing a seven-speed man­ual gear­box are ex­pected to fol­low shortly.

New 992 is plain big­ger than the out­go­ing 991 and widest 911 yet. Note front wheel arch ex­ten­sions, which hark back to 930 Turbo. Wheels are stag­gered 20in at front and 21in at rear. The S mod­els have been launched first with 450bhp and PDK only, as yet. On board tech is vast

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