Porsche is cranking the power dial for the next generation 911.
We're already fairly familiar with the 992 generation 911, but Porsche is still fine-tuning its sports car and finalizing the full details. We know it still looks exactly like a Porsche 911 because that never changes, but it's even more polished and uses lighter materials for the bodywork. Its 0.8 inches longer and 1.57 inches wider, and has big air intakes with adjustable flaps to control the amount of cooling air reaching the radiators. That last piece of information is key because, according to a report from Car and Driver, the 992 generation 911 Turbo S is going to need the extra air for the engine to make its monstrous 650 horsepower.
That's a massive gain from the twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter flat-six engine and the 991.2 generation Turbo S's 580 horsepower. Torque is also given a hefty upgrade, with 590 lb-ft of twist versus the previous generation's 553. Larger single-scroll variable-geometry BorgWarner turbochargers push more air into the engine, while 80 ECUs manage everything from the engine to the active damping, rear-wheel steering, telematics, and the HVAC system.
The result, despite an extra 110 pounds of weight, is another 0.1 seconds shaved from the 0-60 mph time with Porsche claiming the 992 Turbo S will now get there in 2.5 seconds.
For some perspective, Porsche claimed the 2015 918 Spyder hypercar made the sprint in 2.6 seconds, while also costing $850,000. In reality, the 918 Spyder sprinted to 60 mph in 2.5 seconds, making the new Turbo S just as fast off the line.
Porsche also claims the 992 911 will have a revised final-drive ratio to get the car up to a maximum speed of 205 mph. On top of that, Porsche says that while the next iteration of 911 will step performance up in a large way, comfort won't be compromised.
The next-generation 992 is planned to debut formally in the spring of 2020, and this info is subject to minor change, but we'll know the exact final figures then.