Do new 911s always have to get bigger?
Something has been happening to the one and only Porsche 911 since 1997, the year the 996 generation launched. For the past 23 years, the 911 has gradually become larger with each new generation. It's important to bear in mind that even today's 911, the 992, isn't exactly a big car, but compared to the classic bodied 911s and even the current 718 Cayman, the size difference is significant. While purists have never liked the 911's increased dimensions, Porsche has ensured that the 911 remains a driver's car with a rear-engined setup.
Still, a smaller and equally powerful 911 sounds very appealing.
Speaking to Australian publication Go Auto, Frank-Steffen Walliser, global head of the 911 and 718 lines, said he did have one wish he'd like to see happen with future 911s. "If I had a wish, for sure I would make it smaller, but this is a wish," he said.
In an ideal world, he'd also like to "do it a little more sporty than the 992 in general, but I have no complaints of this model." Bear in mind this is only a "wish" on Walliser's part. It's still way too early to predict the next-generation 911's specifics. What we can confirm at this time is that the 992 isn't expected to offer a fully electric variant. The hybrid will come first, probably by 2025.
Numerous Porsche executives have gone on record stating their desire to keep the gasoline engine around for as long as possible. Dropping the flat-six, whether its turbocharged or hybridized, would dramatically alter the 911's inner core. Everything about it would change, specifically how it drives and sounds. Anyone who wants an all-electric Porsche should look no further than the all-new Taycan.
There have also been rumors claiming the next-generation 718 Cayman and Boxster could become EVs but, again, nothing is official at this time.
Porsche clearly understands it needs to maintain a very fine balance regarding 911 technological advancements. While the rear-engined icon needs to keep up with the times, it must also honor its long history. Purists were also angry when Porsche dropped the air-cooled flat-six for a water-cooled engine in the 996 but, hey, haters are gonna hate. Imagine how they'll react once the 911 hybrid arrives.
The 992 is already powerful - the base Carrera has 379 hp - but a smaller, more agile, and even more fun to drive 911 would be superb.