Wel­come

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As Porsche’s new 992 gen­er­a­tion of 911 roared onto cen­tre stage in Los An­ge­les I de­cided to spend some time re­flect­ing on the out­go­ing 991 and what its legacy is go­ing to be in the fu­ture. It’s fair to say the 991 has al­ways di­vided opin­ion among en­thu­si­asts – much like the 964 in 1989 for its ABS and power steer­ing, or the 996 in 1998 for its wa­ter-cooled en­gine and new looks. De­trac­tors of the 991 have al­ways pointed to the car’s big pro­por­tions and its lean towards more of a grand tourer than out­right sports car. En­thu­si­asts, mean­while, have hailed it as the gen­er­a­tion which gave the 911 a con­tem­po­rary feel, breath­tak­ing per­for­mance and greater all-round ca­pa­bil­i­ties.

While those big­ger pro­por­tions can­not be ar­gued against, I have to agree with those who say the 991 has been a bril­liant chap­ter for the 911’s legacy. The statis­tics also some­what back that up. Of the 1,049,330 911s pro­duced since 1963 to 31 Oc­to­ber 2018, a stag­ger­ing 217,930 have been 991s – very nearly one in four. Away from the suc­cess in the sales room, the 991 should be noted for cham­pi­oning the power of ana­logue. The in­ge­nious sub­tlety of the 2016 R will be a pillar of 911 his­tory go­ing for­ward, giv­ing us not only a man­ual gear­box but likely the best one ever found in a Porsche. That thirst for spe­cial ana­logue cars ric­o­cheted down the model line-up to the Car­rera T and GT3 Tour­ing at a time when other man­u­fac­tur­ers were shift­ing towards auto-only trans­mis­sions. The scin­til­lat­ing noise of a nat­u­rally as­pi­rated 991 GT car at 9,000rpm will live long in the mem­ory, too.

It’s time for a new era of 911, and we’ll wel­come the 992 with aplomb in 2019, but I feel it is right to first pay our dues to the 991 gen­er­a­tion, which I think his­tory will be very kind to in­deed.

“The 991 should be noted for cham­pi­oning the power of ana­logue”

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