Porsche Beginnings & Endings
December 27, 2019
It’s officially the end of a generation at Porsche. The last Porsche 911 of the 991 generation has rolled off the assembly line. While the Porsche 911 dates back to 1963, replacing the 356, this 991 generation has been thrilling driving enthusiasts since 2011. When it was launched, the 991 marked some noticeable changes in the evolution of this iconic sports car. The wheelbase grew by almost 4 inches, and for the first time the new model weighed less than its predecessor thanks to an aluminum-steel composite body. During the 8 years of production, Porsche produced 233,540 units of the 991 generation making it their most successful 911. The last of the 991 generation is a 911 Speedster bound for the U.S. MotorWeek has driven the new 911, known internally as the 992, quite a bit this year including a full Road Test.
For sports car like handling higher above the pavement, the 2020 Porsche Macan GTS will be added to the compact utility line-up. The “Gran Turismo Sport” packs 375 hp from a 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6 with a newly adapted PDK dual-clutch transmission. If you’re keeping track, that’s an extra 15 horses compared to its predecessor. Porsche says the Macan GTS can accelerate from zero to 60 mph in 4.7 seconds, and the optional Sport Chrono package can shave 2-tenths of a second off that time.
Other goodies that come standard with the GTS are adaptive air suspension, 20-inch RS Spyder Design wheels, and a sport exhaust specifically designed for this model. The 2020 Porsche Macan GTS is expected to arrive at US dealerships in the summer starting at $71,300.