10 huhti 8th Generation Porsche 911 is 992
Porsche introduced in early 2019 the 8 th generation of Porsche 911 which is still in its main design concept the same car as it was when originally introduced in 1963 in Frankfurt carshow. The visual image of the car is still recognizable as 911, it has the most modern flat 6 cylinder boxer engine in the rear and basic dashboard layout is with 5 round instruments.
The new 911 has grown over the last 50 years as most of the cars (as well as some of us) have done. The new 992 is 4,519 mm long, 1,852 mm wide and 1,300 mm high. The car weight 1505 kg and the basic version has 3 liter twin turbo engine with 380 hp. The car has 8 gear PDK gearbox and the acceration 0 – 100 km is 4,2 sec. The top sp eed is 293 km/h. There is prop ably all the possible electronic driving aides and gadgets you can imagine.
The Finnish Porsche importer Autocarrera organised the 992 launch even t on April 3 in Helsinki and following the Porsche theme of Timeless Machine and they invited our first generation fully restored Rubin Red 911 to participate to the launch event.
As compared to its big but younger brother our original 1965 911 looks tiny, slim and extremely simple car. Size wise it is shorter and narrower , but the height is quite the same: Length 4163 mm, width 1610 mm and height 1320mm. The big difference is the weight. The 992 weight 1505 kg and the original 911 weight s 1080 kg. The 1965 911 had 2,0 liter engine with Solex carburators and it gave 130 hp. The car had 5 gear manual transmission with an acceleration of 9,1 sec 0 – 100 km/h and top speed of 210 km/h. There were not any electric driving aides. For the difficould handling of the early short wheebase cars the Porsche engineers developed two 13 kg steel weights which were retrofitted in the front bumber to balance the car. That was high tech steering aids at that time.
The new 992 is certainly a great car. We are of course biased, but we like the simplicity and pure beauty of the orginal machines more than t he modern cars.