Any­one ex­pect­ing the new 911 to be a rad­i­cal de­par­ture was al­ways go­ing to be de­lud­ing them­selves, and for two rea­sons.

One: when you’re tasked with re­plac­ing the most iconic and suc­cess­ful sports car in his­tory, a con­ser­va­tive ap­proach is prefer­able.

Two: although this is a new gen­er­a­tion of 911, it fol­lows the long-time 911 tra­di­tion where gen­er­a­tions come in pairs. So just as the 993 gen­er­a­tion was a heav­ily de­vel­oped 964, and the 997 an op­ti­mised 996, so the 992 is de­rived from and in­formed by the 991.

So if you want a gen­uinely all-new 911 with zero de­sign crossover, I’m afraid that you’re go­ing to have to wait un­til around 2025, when the next 911 will be as rev­o­lu­tion­ary as was the 964 in 1989, the 996 in 1998 and the 991 in 2012.

Re­mem­ber, too, that even gen­er­a­tions have gen­er­a­tions within them, and it looks likely that there will be as much to dis­cuss when the ‘gen 2’ 992 breaks cover in around 2022 as now, be­cause those are the cars that will bring hy­bridi­s­a­tion to the 911 for the first time.

For now, though, I think Porsche has done a fine job with the car. It looks smoother, sleeker and more modern, but no less char­ac­ter­ful. Find­ing a way to im­prove upon what was one of the pret­ti­est 911 shapes was never go­ing to be easy but, on the out­side, it looks just as good to me.

In­side? I need to find out how well the new in­te­rior, with its TFT screens, works in prac­tice, but one of the joys of 911s is that they have re­mained, in char­ac­ter at least, rather ana­logue cars in an in­creas­ingly dig­i­tal world. At least they’ve kept the big cen­tral rev counter as a real (ie not dig­i­tal) in­stru­ment and ac­tu­ally gone quite retro with its de­sign.

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