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Essai Porsche 911 Carrera : Access Prime Time

Depuis les années 2000 et la génération 996, la Carrera a moins suscité l’intérêt des acheteurs, plus enclins à se tourner vers des versions “S”, à la carrosserie plus musculeuse et aux performances supérieures. Au point que cette version d’accès est commercialisée ultérieurement et un peu dans l’ombre de la version de 450 ch, apparue en début d’année.

La “petite” reprend la mécanique de la “grosse”, avec des turbos soufflant moins forts, mais une puissance respectable de 385 ch. Côté carrosserie, toutes les versions route sont désormais logées à la même enseigne, les dimensions, en particulier la largeur des ailes, étant identiques. Difficile même, pour l’initié, de faire la différence. Seules les jantes de série, une taille plus petite (19 pouces à l’avant et 20 à l’arrière), permettent de lever le doute.

Une fois parfaitement installé dans cet habitacle ultra moderne aux inspirations de 911 plus anciennes, la mise en route n’offre pas davantage le grand frisson que la Carrera S. Malgré l’échappement sport optionnel (2 628 €), la sonorité reste feutrée. Heureusement, à l’accélération, la tendance s’estompe pour laisser place au son rauque caractéristique. La poussée est impressionnante, en dépit de quelques petites différences avec celle de la S, qui semble plus hargneuse. Chrono en main toutefois, cette version Carrera fait fort : 293 km/h en…


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Here Are All Of The Quirks and Features of the 992-Generation Carrera

We all know that the 911 has grown a lot, but seeing Doug DeMuro next to this Lizard Green 992 has really cemented just how much. All 992s are now « widebody » cars, and as a result a base Carrera is a whopping 72.9″ wide. That’s 4.5″ wider than a 993 (though perhaps about the same as a Carrera RS), or 3.2″ wider than a 996. It’s a full 10″ longer than a 993. While it’s only slightly longer than a 996, the blunted nose and general proportions make the 992 appear to take up significantly more volume. Porsche has gone to great lengths to ensure that the 911 is both mechanically and visually a 911 through and through. It is simply striking how large it looks next to a 6’3″ Doug.

More striking than the size though is the dizzying array of technology throughout the car. From the lighting to the infotainment, there is a lot here to digest. Gone are the days of climate control sliders whose operation can be reversed if you hook the control unit up incorrectly (I’m looking at you, Project 944 GTS), and in are capacitive buttons governing most functions, vast infotainment displays, and multi-adjustable everything.

While some of those items, notably the capacitive buttons, will send enthusiasts who recall the Lagonda into convulsions, it’s really shocking how classically-Porsche the interior looks. The material choices look excellent. The shapes and layout inside the car will make an air-cooled 911 owner feel much more at home than any 996 or 997.

While enthusiasts have a luddite-like tendency to abhor technology in sports cars, I think Porsche deserves praise here. The new car seems to have given a lot of consideration to which controls are best served by physical buttons and switches rather than an endless array of sub menus. It’s a hard balance to strike, and while hardcore technophobes will never be truly happy with the 992, for the majority of us the car offers technology when you want it, and enough transparency when you do not.

While there isn’t much to take away from Doug’s driving impressions, you’d be better served looking to someone like Chris Harris for on-track insight, or JayEmm for on-road insight, his impressive level of thoroughness is always exceedingly helpful with the nitty-gritty of what a car will be like to live with.


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sponsored: Commission your Porsche 911 as fine art

Many 911 owners would already consider their car to be a piece of automotive art – we certainly do – and gazing over the curvaceous bodywork can give many hours of pleasure.  But there’s more than one way to enjoy the stunning appearance, and having it committed to canvas would be special indeed. Which brings us to the work of renowned artist, Rob Hefferan. Fascinated with art since childhood, his first exhibition in 2003 showcasing his skills in figurative work and portraiture was a resounding success. It’s those skills along with an international reputation for quality and unrivalled attention to detail that has led to his work being commissioned by numerous celebrity clients, and it turns out that Rob has another passion; “I’ve been obsessed with cars since I was young, and that developed into a love for Porsches, and the 911 in particular”. 

A serial owner of our favourite sports car, his collection has included the 996, both generations of 997 model, and he now enjoys a 991 Carrera S. A proper car guy, then, which is why he’s decided to focus his talents on the Zuffenhausen marque, offering owners and enthusiasts the opportunity to have their pride and joy recreated as fine art. He admits this is a new challenge and one he relishes, already having set to work creating around a dozen paintings of various Porsches. While such artwork isn’t entirely new, what’s different here and core to Rob’s ethos is capturing even the smallest of details that make each car unique. And having seen it for ourselves we are talking about beautiful pieces of art here, the sort of work that would complement 911 ownership in a way that other pictures just can’t. Painted either in oils or acrylic depending on the timescales involved, each work can take anything from 150 to 300 hours to complete and the work is also unusual compared to other automotive artists in that he is happy to depict not just the car but to include the owner as well. It’s where the talent for portrait work really pays off. 

As for the process of commissioning a painting, an owner can either provide pictures of the car or Rob will travel to view your 911, employing a professional photographer to take dozens of detailed reference shots from which to work. It’s a painstaking process but one that results in something very special, but there was something we were keen to ask and that’s whether he had a favourite 911. “Not really” says Rob. “I love all of them, but if pushed I guess I’d have to say it’s the cars from the 1960’s that most capture my attention.”  “It’s the shape and form that I find so appealing, and the way the light falls on the bodywork. There are few cars like it, and I really admire Porsche’s heritage, especially when it comes to motorsport.” That emphasis on history and quality really shines through when it comes to the finished painting, and whether you own just the one car or are lucky enough to have a collection to see them represented in such a way is likely to prove very hard to resist. You can see examples of Rob’s work by visiting his website at http://www.robhefferanautomotiveart.com, but we’ll say now that you should be prepared to find yourself as tempted to commission his services as we are.


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’67 Porsche 911 2.7 S R – R comme Outlaw ! Enfin presque…

Rouler en sportive, ça se mérite. Si on fait abstraction des enclumes modernes, transformées en salons roulants surpuissants qui n’ont de sportifs que leur nombre de chevaux sous le capot, une sportive ça doit être dure, bruyante, sentir l’essence et troquer toute notion de confort contre celle de l’efficacité pure… comme cette Porsche 911 2.7 […]


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Porsche 911 design icon: Tony Hatter

“I was born in Northern England, but whereas most of my friends were football fans, I was crazy about cars. My parents thought I should get into some sort of engineering apprenticeship, but that proved a bit of a dead end and I went to Lanchester Polytechnic [now Coventry University] where I did a degree which involved transport design.

“But vehicle design itself wasn’t properly understood at that time, and it wasn’t till I got to the Royal College of Art in London, where I spent two years, that I really discovered design and styling.”

Full of youthful enthusiasm, Tony Hatter was keen to join Porsche, but in 1981 the company wasn’t hiring so he found a styling position at Opel, moving to Porsche in 1986, a path trodden by a series of well-known Porsche designers beginning with the then-styling chief, Tony Lapine.

“As a newcomer I started off on small jobs, such as the wider rear bumper for the 964 Turbo, and I remember I did the ribbon latch pulls for the doors of the 964 RS. To be honest there wasn’t much happening, though we always had work on the Linde forklift to fall back on.” Linde was one of several major third-party contracts at Weissach.

Lapine retired after a heart attack in 1988, and his replacement, Harm Lagaaij, began in late 1989. Tony’s first recollections of the 993 are from the end of that year. “We started in early 1990. I was very pleased to be working on the new air-cooled 911.”

He describes the particular challenge of creating a new 911: “The Porsche board always had very firm ideas about its shape. It was claimed the 964 was 80 per cent new, but visually it looked barely 20 per cent new. We needed to do something less conservative, but without being too radical.

The front of the 959, the plans for the 989 four-door and the facelifts for the 928 showed the way in terms of the frontal aspect – this new, smoothed front became part of Porsche’s design vocabulary.”

Hatter is reluctant to acknowledge that budget constraints had a significant impact on the exterior design of the 993. “We did redesign the windscreen wipers, even if they didn’t fall below the level of the bonnet.”

And it must be admitted that mounting the wipers centrally as a pair made their operation far more effective. “Don’t forget that the body in white is essentially that 1963 car. There’s a limit to what you can do so, for example, you have to maintain things like the rain gutters. What I really wanted to do with those was ‘flow’ them into the rear of the car – that was difficult.


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