Photo: Porsche 2020 The Porsche 91 1 is out and so are its dimensions. Mostly. And guess what? It is…
2020 The Porsche 91
1 is out and so are its dimensions. Mostly. And guess what? It is bigger and heavier than the outgoing model. Because of this, I think 911 would no longer get the performance-oriented RS models. Before you start screaming, let me go through you.
Only the four-wheel drive 911 units received the wide body treatment in the previous generation all of 992 trucks will become common with the broader body now. Rear fenders and fronts are 1.7 and 1.8 inches wider respectively. However, the outgoing model’s 96.5-inch base has become the same.
And the new 911 is 121 pounds heavier .
Since at least 991 generation my employees spent a good half an hour breaking out, if it goes back to 991, 996, 993 or earlier – 911 has shifted from a sports car to a GT car.
It has become bigger, more stable, comfortable and easier to drive. The engine has become increasingly refined. The new one even has a fixed cup holder behind the gear lever. A cup holder . At this point, the car is in principle a 928 engine with the wrong position.
And that’s good. People like 911 just because it’s convenient and practical. These rear seats are good for young children and even adults, in a pinch. And they are perfect for storage, making 911 a wonderful daily driver. The rear engine setting provides predictable performance characteristics, or at least predictable party calls, about your understanding of its performance features.
A big German steakhouse Photo: David Tracy (Jalopnik)
Soon, Porsche will start rolling out the performance variants in the new 911. Turbo, Turbo S, GT3, GT2 and so on. It’s fine, but I draw the line on the RS models. 911 should not get RS models anymore.
RS stands for Rennsport, which is German for “racesport”. The 911 variants that carry this moniker are sharpened and track-focused, such as GT3 RS and GT2 RS. These are cars designed to break records and put new Nürburgring lap times. They have no back seats or even a seat plate because it’s all roller cages there and dramatically reduces the vehicle’s daily usability.
Furthermore, these cars use the rigid cast castors and ride on super-reinforced suspension. They should not be comfortable. They are not GT cars anymore, even though they were built on GT platforms. So why are we tracking cars from GT cars?
Yes, just let me YANK my duffel bag out of this jar back here. Photo: Porsche
Instead, if you want to make a balanced and dedicated track car, make it a platform that existing racing and super cars already use. Make it a mid-engine platform. Make it to Cayman. Give the Cayman RS options and let 911 be the GT cars that they have clearly got into. It’s time to split the variants.
Cayman does not pull around extra, untapped space. You can reduce, decrease, reduce everything you want, but is it not easier to just start with something less in the first place? It’s also easier, which is always good for physics to go fast, stop well and change direction easily. Call the Cayman GT4 RS or something. Do not kneel it to be worse than 911, let it be fine. Let it shine.
Of course, this separation will never happen. Porsche will continue to make 911 RS models because it can charge the highest dollar for them. The 911 fanatics pulling will extinguish the specs and then regurgitate them to all others as gospel.
But then you assume you have to ask about these so-called drivers who will win a track-focused 911 GT car that is getting bigger and heavier with each generation. It’s almost like they’re … biased … fanboys.