I’ve now seen the new Porsche 992 911 — in public. I saw it last night, driving southbound on Interstate 5 leaving Orange County and heading into San Diego County, just past San Clemente. Unfortunately, I saw it in the worst possible circumstances: It was dark, and the car was completely blacked out, but there’s no doubt it was the 992. This is one of the first "sightings" of the car in North America, as most prior glimpses have all come in Europe.
Although a passenger took the photos above, they’re not perfect, and there are better images elsewhere online that show the car in full. But I was still surprised to see it on the road in North America, a few weeks ahead of its suspected official debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show at the end of the month. This particular 992 still had some coverings over certain pieces on the outside, and it was wearing Georgia "Distributor" license plates — the same plates most company-owned Porsche models have, since Porsche Cars North America is based in Atlanta.
So what did I think? Although I always make fun of every successive generation of 911 for being so predictable — "a little longer, a little wider, a little more powerful" — I’m happy to say this one definitely looks noticeably more modern than its predecessor, with an aggressive, wide stance and a rear light bar that goes clear across the car. The headlights look angrier on the road, and the whole car has a more aggressive look to it, compared to the relatively basic "lower" 991 models.
In fact, the aggressiveness of the design had me wondering if I was actually looking at the 992 GT3, although some searching online confirmed that this is the base model — it’s just going to be a lot bolder than the outgoing version. There’s no question that it looks like a new-generation car and not just a facelift of the prior one.
Of course, we’ll likely know everything when the car officially debuts in two weeks, but it was still a nice treat to see a 992 on the road, in person, before it’s actually revealed to the world.