You wouldn’t paint over the Mona Lisa or add neon lighting to Westminster Abbey. Likewise, you don’t mess with the iconic design of the Porsche 911. Still, by the time every variant of this latest version (codenamed 992) is on sale, there will be some significant technical firsts for Porsche’s rear-engined sports car under the skin.
For starters, every engine in the line-up will be turbocharged, marking the end of the characterful but dirty naturally aspirated units found in more hardcore examples of the previous car. There's also two plug-in hybrid 911 models planned, including one with more than 600bhp and a top speed of almost 200mph.
However, right now, buyers can choose from the Carrera S and Carrera 4S variants which have historically been the most popular in the sports car lineup. The big news with these is that they’ve been given an extra 30bhp, which is enough to cut the rear-wheel drive S model’s 0-62mph time from 4.1sec to 3.7sec, and the all-wheel drive 4S’s from 4.3sec to 3.6sec.
Other features include an eight-speed PDK automatic gearbox and a wet driving mode that helps modulate the car’s behaviour in slippery conditions. Meanwhile, the large analogue rev counter that remains the focal point of the instrument cluster is now flanked by two customisable digital readouts, and there’s now a 10.9in touchscreen infotainment system.
Over the next few pages we’ll look at what the 992 is like to drive, how much it will cost you to buy and run and how easy its tech-laden interior is to use. Plus, we’ll see how the car compares with rivals such as the Aston Martin Vantage, Audi R8, Jaguar F-Type and Mercedes-AMG GT.
Then, when you’re done making your mind up on what to buy, make sure you head over to our New Car Buying section to find out how much you could save on a new car without having to go through the hassle of haggling.