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Is the Porsche 911 still the ultimate sports car for under £100،000?

Monday 11/February/2019 - 09:10 PM
Sada El Balad
The Daily Mail
Evolutionary. It's the best word to describe not just this latest generation of the Porsche 911 but all six inceptions that came before it since the 1963 original.

The evergreen silhouette; a flat six engine; the motor straddled by the two rear wheels: you'd be forgiven for asking if there's anything new about this iteration - the 992 - at all.

But don't let the oh-so-familiar formula deceive you.

Under that instantly-recognisable bodywork is a tour-de-force of new tech that، on paper - especially according to the marketing fluff - should make this the best 911 to drive yet.

We headed to Valencia، in Spain، to take the new 992 - available in the UK from March - for a spin to see if it lives up to that marketing spiel.
The perception of 911 ownership today is، diplomatically put، divisive.

On one hand، the flagship Porsche is seen as the unimaginative choice. The obvious option. A selection made by those who only want the badge kudos to keep up with the Joneses. Almost a passionless purchase.

On the other hand is a great appreciation for the excellence of the modern-era 911.

I'll hold my mitts up to being in this latter group.
Take the previous model. The (confusingly named) 991 in Turbo form، in my opinion، is one of the greatest all-rounders for a fee that leaves you with a little spare change from £130،000.

Name a better car you can use to comfortably collect your kids from pre-school after a knuckle-whitening track day?

But even I struggle to defend Porsche's effortless attempts to make a next-generation 911 look… well، next generation.

What you end up doing is appreciating the subtleties the steadfast design team in Stuttgart has begrudgingly allowed to slip through the net.

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