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From the Editor…
UP FRONT… “It’s all about ‘agility.’ That’s what makes a Porsche feel like a Porsche, according to Bennett”
‘Agility.’ Now there’s a word. It cropped up while researching the 993 at 25-years piece, which adorns the cover of this issue. Knowing internally that the 964 was not its best work, Porsche, under Ulrich Bez and Peter Falk, set out to define ‘Porscheness’ and came up with that single word. Agility, both direct and indirect, is what would infuse all Porsches and it was what drove the 993 project. Drive a standard 993 C2 and that mantra shines through. Indeed, drive just about any Porsche from any era and that is what shines through, even a Cayenne or a Macan has a Porsche feel and Porsche agility engineered in and at odds with its size and weight.
“Porsche doesn’t build the 911 specifically for me, or any other purist journo”
Agility is something that I felt had got lost somewhat with the 991 generation of 911. Maybe Porsche felt the same? The extra length of the wheelbase made it ponderous and Porsche introduced gimics like rear steer to animate it. Not so the 992, I’m delighted to report, after driving it in this issue. The ‘agility’ is back, perhaps helped by moving the engine forward slightly, but also by a raft of other small but incremental tweeks. Yes, I would prefer it if it were smaller, lighter, narrower, non-turbo and all that other purist stuff, but Porsche doesn’t build the 911 specifically for me, or any other purist motoring journo. And besides, that’s why I’ve built my own ‘purist spec’ 996 C2, which is all part of the joy of Porsche ownership. All that said, I think it’s a shame that the 992 will only be built in wide body spec, even in base Carrera 2 form, when it arrives. But there I go again, never happy…