The recently unveiled Taycan electric car from the same factory as the Porsche 911 brings a new light to the 992 series. When viewed primarily as one of the products of a deeply modernized plant in Zuffenhausen, controversial decisions take on meaning. Judging by the first materials, the two cars have much more in common than mirrors and electromechanical door locks with retractable handles. Even the body structure is similar.
The engines have been improved: they have a DFI nameplate and direct fuel injection. And they’ve become more powerful: the regular Carrera now develops 345 hp. (was 325), and the “unusual” Carrera S – 385 (was 355). Improved brakes, re-tuned suspension. The seats are ventilated, and there is a new navigation system. And the all-wheel drive transmission is honestly stolen from the Turbo modification.
LED matrix headlights (optional), a ribbed “scruff” behind the body (remember the 993 body), new optics (the same teardrop-shaped headlights) and exhaust pipes (for versions with a sports exhaust they are single oval) make the sports car recognizable from any vantage point – 911- you will never confuse with any other. The new handles are now flush with the body, but they are in no hurry to crawl out – do not want to rain? – and you have to make an effort. The opening for boarding the car is wide, but it is inconvenient to sit down, unless, of course, in front of you is a version with a soft, pre-folded roof. The doors are equipped with a massive triangular pin at the bottom, which goes into the threshold – so the structure becomes more rigid.
At the moment of starting, the seat belt gently presses the body against the seat, checking the tension. Before the traffic lights, the stop-start system turns off the engine at a speed of 7 km / h: that is, you are still driving, but the engine is no longer running. In some cases, it is possible to roll with the engine off, like on an electric car. The new sports car even has the ability to install a night vision system that recognizes pedestrians and large animals, although its image is too small and also hides behind the rim of the steering wheel. Rear seats are present, but it is almost unrealistic for an adult to get in there, and to ditch your back after sitting there a couple of tens of kilometers is real.
Inside, everything seems to be familiar. Here to the left of the steering wheel is the handle of the ignition key sewn into the panel. Porsche honors its sporting traditions: a long time ago, racers started driving outside the car and the ignition switch was mounted under the left hand – this way the drivers started the car faster and, accordingly, left the starting strip. The dashboard is like on the 991 body, but there is only one analog “well” on it – a tachometer. The other four “windows” on the left and right are virtual: in fact, these are two monitors. For example, you can display a navigation map on the right screen, but you won’t be able to look at it normally – the steering wheel rim covers at least half of the image.
Yes, 911 is a dream come true. And it’s not that it’s worth five million. Not in speed, not in lateral overloads – for this money there are cars faster. To appreciate this car, you need to grow up to it yourself, learn to savor all the nuances of handling that make up the whole thrill of driving. This mechanism is alive, and understanding it, you get incomparable pleasure. But pleasure is the most important thing in a dream car, isn’t it?