A look at the Porsche lineup shows that the company does not shy away from innovation. The luxurious Porsche Panamera series, the sporty and capable Cayenne and Macan SUVs, and the 2015 Porsche 918 Spyder — a gas/electric hybrid “supercar” — all show a car company that’s rooted in tradition even as it looks to the future. On the surface, one car in the Porsche lineup seems uniquely and stubbornly resistant to change: the legendary Porsche 911, which has existed in one form or another since 1963. That appearance, as it turns out, is a bit deceiving.
Anyone familiar with Porsche history, of course, knows that the 2015 Porsche 911 is a far cry from the first 911 introduced in 1963. The wheel base is longer, the suspension vastly improved. The body is stronger and lighter, with styling changes that reflect the changing times while remaining true to the traditional Porsche look. And of course, the engines are more powerful, with better fuel economy.
That last part gives an indication of where the 911 is headed next. According to “Car and Driver”, the next generation of the Porsche 911 abandons natural-aspiration engines for a smaller, more powerful turbocharged engine. Turbo engines are nothing new to Porsche, naturally; the company realized the performance advantages long ago, and the fact that the next generation of engines promises more horsepower while still delivering lower emissions certainly seems like a net positive, even if some purists bemoan the negligible acceleration lag introduced (in real-world use, that lag is offset by greatly improved in-gear acceleration).
So much of the Porsche name and mystique derive from the company’s unwillingness to compromise on even the smallest details. Its engineering and performance are second-to-none, and there’s a sinewy flow to the Porsche design aesthetic that ties even its newest and most forward-looking cars to the DNA of its storied past. The next evolution of the 911 Porsche shows that the company can embrace change while remaining true to its roots. Don’t want to wait until next year? Come to Porsche of Nashua and see the 2015 Porsche 911 up close!