The ‘Wet Mode’ makes it pretty much uncrashable
Famous last words. And yet, the new 992’s Wet Mode might just mitigate one or two of those “watch this” moments. Acoustic sensors (basically robot ears) live in the front wheelarch and listen for spray ricocheting around the wheelhouse. When it’s Defcon Wet, the digital dashboard politely suggests the driver twiddles the mode switch to Wet Mode (south of Normal, Sport, Sport Plus and Individual).
This puts the traction and stability control in an ultra-protective setting, catching wheelspin and slides before they get out of hand in a way even Normal mode nannying would drop. We rode in a 992 on a wetted surface and even with dynamics engineer Daniel Lepschi’s foot flat to the floor, the car bluntly refused to open the throttle until the wheel was straight. And then, it did so v-e-r-y gently.
Meanwhile, the dampers are softened off to maximise traction, and the active aero wing pops up to conjure a bit of extra downforce, in an effort to stave off aquaplaning. It’s very clever stuff. Is it a bit nannying, a bit over-protective? Well, you could always ignore the ‘Wet Mode now please’ alert. But in a car with a 39:61 per cent rear-biased weight balance, massive 305mm rear tyres and 444bhp, you’d best behave when the heavens open…