It should be no great shock to find that this 992 generation of Porsche’s 911 is a slightly larger car than what it replaces – because legendary sports cars are subject to the same influences that have been making most replacement models bigger than what went before for decades.
It’s now 20mm longer, 44mm wider and 41mm taller than the Carrera S we road tested back in 2016, since Porsche has effectively deleted the ‘narrow body’ of the old rear-driven Carrera. Generational growth spurts have been applied to this car, over the years, in an attempt to refine its handling on the limit and to tame the potential pendulum effect associated with a rear-engined layout and a short wheelbase. Next to the 1963 original, however, the 992 is some 229mm longer and 152mm wider. It’s roomier and safer, too, of course. The price of progress, you might say.
Continuing the trend set by the facelifted 991, the 992’s 3.0-litre flat-six motor is supplemented by a pair of turbochargers. While it displaces the same 2981cc as before, those turbochargers are larger and now feature electronically controlled wastegate valves; the charge air cooling system has been completely overhauled; and new piezo-controlled injectors optimise fuel distribution within the combustion chambers. A gasoline particulate filter has also been installed.