Cars Same Great Taste
Esquire|April 2019
Cars Same Great Taste

Can the new eighth-generation 911 stay CLASSY, and classic, after all these years?

Kevin Sintumuang

To the beloved, we say, don’t change.

But then what?

If it were up to some Porsche aficionados, development of the 911 would have stopped in 1998, the final year of the code-named 993 series, the last of the air-cooled 911’s. The last real 911, they say. The car would be like one of those permanent Vegas acts, enbalmed for the entertainment of boomers. Nostalgia seven nights a week plus matinees on Wednesdays.

Why are some of us resistant to newness in cars, particularly when it comes to Porsche 911’s? Is it because we feel certain models nailed it and could get no better? Is it because plastic bumpers just aren’t as sexy as metal ones? Is it because, in this age of seemingly disposable cars, we’d like one thing to remain constant? Especially now that Porsche is a company that sells more cars with four doors than with two?

Or is it because with each new generation, we’re forced to confront our own mortality? Too dark? Too true?

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April 2019