What’s good is that extra size and mass hasn’t stopped the 992 from feeling like a 911. Sure, you won’t have to work for the performance in the same way you would with an early air-cooled car, and with the refinement of a modern 911 there’s no question that some of the quirks of older 911s have been pushed out. But with progress and more refinement has come change, and with change the 911 Carrera is a more complete and accessible car than ever before.
The engine is a 3.0-litre, twin-turbocharged flat-six with 380PS (279kW) and 450Nm (333lb ft) of torque. It’s a delightful engine, the has a classic 911 howl towards the top of the rev range and, thanks to those turbos, has some serious low-end punch. Off the line it’ll hit 62mph in 4.2 seconds and eventually it’ll top 182mph. Whichever way you look at it, the 992 Carrera is fast car.
Paired to that engine is a new eight-speed PDK double-clutch gearbox (the 991 had a seven-speed PDK ‘box), and it is superb. When in automatic mode it is unobtrusively smooth, and when you want to change gears yourself with the paddles behind the wheel the response is superb. That said, you cannot have a Carrera with a manual gearbox – you’ll need to buy a Carrera S to be granted that choice. A great shame, in my opinion, as surely the Carrera is about doing things simply, and what could be simpler than three pedals and a stick?
To drive, any fears that the 992’s size would lead it to feel cumbersome erode as soon as you start to string a few corners together. It is bigger, yes, and it doesn’t feel like an overly light car, but everything about it is approachable, predictable and easy to enjoy. What’s more, should you want to throw some bags in the boot and head off on a 1,000-mile road trip, I’m in no doubt you’d get out at the other end without feeling like the springs and shock absorbers would rather your teeth had rattled out.