Is Porsche’s 911 still the ultimate sports car: The 992 reviewed

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.  

Is it new? This is the latest generation of the Porsche 911, the 992 model that arrives in the UK in March MailOnline deputy motoring editor Rob Hull travelled to Spain to test the latest 911 in Valencia earlier in the month The 992 model is the eighth generation of Porsche's iconic sports car. But is it the best? Can you tell the 991 version from the latest 992? We'll give you a hint- the headlights are the giveaway The single strip brake light spanning the full curvature of the rear panel has a soothing - almost warming - glow in the flesh The front track (the distance between the two front wheels) is 45mm wider than before, which translates to better grip The 911 remains one of the prettiest cars in the segment. But could Porsche have done more? We think so Porsche has managed to keep the cabin familiar while upgrading it entirely, especially when it comes to technology Even the ignition switch has a robust, chunky feel that's been incorporated into all the switchgear of the 992-gen 911 The driver's instruments are now entirely digital, though Rob found it difficult to position the wheel so he could see all five without obstruction  Gone is the mass of plastic buttons around the gear shifter. In their place are metal toggle switches The steering rack has been made quicker - from lock-to-lock the wheel needs just 2.5 rotations. It makes the 911 feel incredibly agile and nimble How Porsche's flagship sportscar munches through corners is incredibly inspiring and feels effortless even at high speed Under the metal: Here's how the new 992 looks with and without bodywork Notice how compact the rear of the car is, considering this is where the 3.0-litre petrol motor sits On looks alone, it's hard to argue why someone should shell out the extra cash for the latest 911 instead of the previous-generation model However, from behind the wheel there's a plethora of excuses to take your cheque book to a Porsche dealership next month As impressive as the performance is, you have to also remind yourself how practical the 911 still is It has two seats in the back and plenty of luggage space under the bonnet Rob Hull said it's hard to believe that Porsche will make the 911 even better when models like the GTS and GT3 arrive. Don't forget there's a Cabriolet and Targa on the cards, too Rob Hull said it's hard to believe that Porsche will make the 911 even better when models like the GTS and GT3 arrive. Don't forget there's a Cabriolet and Targa on the cards, too

Rob Hull said it’s hard to believe that Porsche will make the 911 even better when models like the GTS and GT3 arrive. Don’t forget there’s a Cabriolet and Targa on the cards, too

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