2020 The Porsche 91
While only the four-wheel drive 911 received the wide body treatment in the previous generation, all of the 992 genes will become standard with the larger bodies now. Rear fenders and fronts are 1.7 and 1.8 inches wider respectively. The 96.5-inch axle base of the outgoing model has been the same, though.
And the new 911 is 121 pounds heavier .
Since the least 991 generation my colleagues spent half an hour tearing each other's hair out of 991, 996, 993 or earlier – 911 has shifted from a sports car to a GT car.
It has become bigger, more stable, more comfortable and easier to drive. The engine has become more and more refined. The new one even has a fixed cup holder behind the shift handle. A cup holder . At this point, the car is initially a 928 with the engine in the wrong place.
And that's fine. People like 911 just because it's comfortable and convenient. The rear seats are good for young children and even adults, in a hurry. And they are perfect for storage, making 911 a wonderful daily driver. The rear engine layout provides predictable performance characteristics, or at least predictable dinner party conversations about understanding performance characteristics.
Soon, Porsche will start rolling out performance variants of the new 911. Turbo, Turbo S, GT3, GT2 and so on. It's good, but I draw the line on the RS models. The 911s will not get any RS models anymore.
RS stands for Rennsport, which is German for "motorsport." 911 variants that carry this moniker are sharp and field-focused, like GT3 RS and GT2 RS. These are cars designed to break records and set new Nürburgring lap times. They have no back seats or even a seatbelt because it's all the wheelbeds, dramatically reducing the car's overall functionality.
Furthermore, these cars use the rigid cast carbon fiber chairs and rip the superstiff up suspension. They are not meant to be comfortable. They are no GT cars anymore, despite being built on GT platforms. So why do we trace cars out of GT cars?
Instead, if you want to make a balanced and dedicated track car, make it a platform that existing racing and superb cars already use. Make it a mid-engine platform. Make it to Cayman. Give the Cayman RS options and let the 911's be the GT cars they have clearly transformed. It is time to split variants.
Cayman does not pull around extra unused spaces. You can reduce, reduce, reduce everything you want, but is not it easier to start with something less initially? It's also easier, which is always good for physics to go fast, stop well and change direction easily. Does it call the Cayman GT4 RS or something. Do not hug it to be worse than 911, let it be fine. Let it shine.
Of course, this separation will never happen. Porsche will continue to make 911 RS models because it can charge top dollar for them. The 911 fanatics, drops, will devour the specs and then regurgitate them to all others as gospel.
But then you assume you have to ask about these so-called driving purists who will become a track-focused 911 GT car that is getting bigger and heavier with each generation. It's almost like they are … biased … fanboys.