Given the ground-up makeover some of their flagship models have had in recent years, it’s easy to see why Porsche chose “Ever Ahead” as a bellwether term for their fleet of new vehicles. A fleet, they hope, that will usher in the next age in mid-engined motoring.

Porsche’s a company that’s faced criticism in the past for not breaking the mold more often. That said, 911 enthusiasts are usually just that, and seem eager to point out — Porsche merely understand the importance of dancing with whoever got them to the ball in the first place. It’s hard to argue.

With the specs sheet in hand, you get a sense Porsche clearly spent their fair share of time scratching their heads, feet planted squarely at the drawing board, eager to show critics they can dance with whomever they please. In the new Carrera, they have a car that does just that. 911 buffs have their next posterchild, while critics of Porsche’s production model have a list of changes as long as their legs to mull over.

And the company did it without losing a step.

For the old guard, the telltale signs of a new 911 are there: the headlights and taillights and vents are a bit sleeker than last year’s model, and yet, you can’t help but notice how much of the original 911 you see in it. It’s instantly recognizable, despite being new.

There’s a new touch screen monitor and the dials are quite modern looking and all the bells and whistles are improvements over previous models, but this time around, it’s about the changes Porsche made where it really counts, and where they’re sometimes stubborn about trying new things: under the hood.

In opening the new Carrera up, the first thing you’ll notice is the twin turbochargers, even on the base models. Take a step back, and you’ll see the engine itself is entirely new. Foregoing the linear, naturally aspirated flat-6, they’ve gone for smaller displacement with forced induction. It feels like Porsche wanted the cars to be more responsive in the throttle department, curtailing what many drivers consider to be a somewhat counterintuitive delay between putting their foot down and engine response. The engine really, really barks now (more so than before).

By adding and tweaking so much to the engine, Porsche added nearly 80 pounds to their car. And then promptly found a way to remove almost 40 from other parts of the vehicle. Everything evens out so nicely that, to the untrained eye, you wouldn’t know a thing were different. The peppy bark of the engine is still there. Merely steering it is fun. The torque makes you feel like you could tug an 18-wheeler. It’s a 911.

But the 17’ Carrera is not to be thought of as just “next year’s 911” any more than the ‘74 was. It foregoes some of the design choices Porsche have taken for granted for years, and offers a new take on the 911 experience. If you’ve spent any reasonable number of hours around Porsche’s automobiles, the ‘18 will be a wakeup call. Things are different now.

The fix is in, 911 buffs — you have something to look forward to when your next lease is up, and to all the “Porsche never changes!” folks… well, there goes that.

Video: Courtesy of Porsche West Broward