Yesterday, Porsche unveiled the new 992 variant of its iconic 911 Carrera sports car. The 992 is the 8th variant of the 911 model for 2019.
Currently, the 992 is available only in the C4 and C4S models, and with the PDK transmission only (which should be a crime). The 7-speed manual gearbox will become available in Autumn 2019.
All 992 variants of the 911 will be wide body, so no more having to settle for the narrower rear end if you don’t choose the C4, C4S, or Turbo.
I was seriously considering trading in my Tesla model S 90D for a 2019 (or possibly 2018 leftover) 991.2 C4 until the news exploded yesterday about the 992.
Unfortunately, because the manual transmission version of the 992 will not be available until late 2019, I’ll be holding on to the Tesla until then.
Why not just get a 991 and save a few bucks you ask? The answer is I was prepared to do just that but from what I’ve seen, read, and heard of the 992, it is simply better. Although the exterior of the 992 is almost the same as the 991, there are design and functionality changes, as subtle as they may seem, that make a difference to me. Porsche has brought back the full width light bar in the rear. The spoiler has been beefed up and now raises as two speed thresholds. They also gave the exterior door handles proximity sensors so they pop out when the driver approaches the vehicle. I already have this on my Tesla model S so that enhancement doesn’t mean much to me. Because all 992s will have the wide body, which I have always loved, I can now consider the C2 or C2S, save a little money, and still get the body styling I want. There are also interior changes, most of which I really like, in addition to the 30 or so additional HP.
As far as my Tesla is concerned, there are so many reasons I am done with it, not the least of which is it makes me feel like an old grandpa. It’s a boring boat of a sedan, the low-quality materials of the interior make the car feel cheap, and the build quality is slipshod. More importantly for me, however, is sitting at a Supercharger for a half hour or longer every couple of days is draining the bloody life out of me.
I’ve been in love with Porsches even before I had my old 986, and my passion for the brand has only gotten stronger with age.
It’s going to be a long 9 months.
Does anyone else here own or owned a Porsche? If so, what are your thoughts on the new 992? Also, what Porsche do you (or did you) own, and what are (were) its specs? Did you perform any custom modifications and, if so, what were they?
And if we could keep the air-cooled vs water-cooled arguments to a minimum that would be great.