The 2020 Porsche 91
While only the all-wheel-drive 911 in the previous generation received treatment with a wide body, now all of the 992-gen car are standardized with these wider bodies. The rear fenders and fronts are 1.7 and 1.8 inches wider. However, the 96.5-inch wheelbase of the outgoing model has remained the same.
And the new 911 is 121 pounds heavier .
Since at least the generation 991 – my colleagues gave a good price for half an hour, the hair rips out of the head, whether 991, 996, 993 or earlier – the 911 has changed from a sports car to a GT car.
It's got bigger, more stable, more comfortable and easier to drive. The engine became more and more sophisticated. The new one even has a fixed cup holder behind the gear lever. A cup holder . At this point, the car is basically a 928 with the engine in the wrong place.
And that's fine. People like the 911 because it's comfortable and practical. These rear seats are well suited for small children and even adults. And they're perfect for storage, so the 911 is a wonderful driver every day. The rear-engine setup provides predictable features, or at least a predictable conversation with a dinner party, in which you understand your understanding of the features.
Porsche will soon introduce the performance variants of the new 911. Turbo, Turbo S, GT3, GT2 and so on. That's all right, but I draw the limit on the RS models. The 911 should no longer get RS models.
RS stands for racing, the German word for "racing". The 911 variants that bear this nickname are the sharpened and race-focused models, such as the GT3 RS and the GT2 RS. These are cars that break records and set new lap times at the Nürburgring. They have no rear seats or even a seat shell, because the cage is completely rolled over there back, which drastically reduces the practicality of the vehicle overall.
Besides, these cars use stiff, molded carbon fiber seats and are extremely stiffened suspension. You should not feel well. They are not GT cars anymore, although they were built on GT platforms. Why do we turn GT cars into racing cars?
Rather, if you want to build a balanced and dedicated car track car, do it on a platform that already uses existing racing and supercars. Make it a mid-engine platform. Do it with the Cayman. Give the Cayman the RS options and let the 911s be the GT cars they've clearly transformed themselves into. It's time to divide up the variants.
The Cayman does not carry any additional, unused storage spaces. You can reduce, reduce, reduce what you want, but is not it easier to start with a smaller element? It's also easier, whatever is good for physics, to go fast, stop well and easily change the direction. Call it the Cayman GT4 RS or something. Do not kneel that it's worse than the 911, let it be good. Let it shine.
Of course, this separation will never happen. Porsche will continue to produce 911 RS models because it can charge them the highest price. The 911 fanatics will slobberly devour the specifications and then pass them as gospel to everyone else.
But I think you have to inquire about these so-called lane purists who will use a 911 GT car that gets bigger and heavier with each generation. It's almost as if they were … biased … fanboys.