Originally Posted by Euclid
I'm not sure why everyone says the car is bigger. The new car is less than 1" longer. Is it the 4" longer wheelbase that makes it appear longer? Also, the car weighs nearly 100lbs less than the 997.
Yes, a wheelbase stretch will make it appear longer.
The length measurement is only a maximum, it doesn't speak to the visual mass of an object. More of the car's mass inside the wheelbase will make it look longer, even if the overhangs give up most of that increase.
The car's height is also a maximum, and doesn't address the height of the window sill, or belt-line A higher belt line, with higher front and rear fenders, but the same roof maximum height also contribute to visual mass.
And visual mass is not the same as actual mass... it can still appear bigger, while not weighing more, to a point of diminised capability to lighten the structure underneath.
The lower body has more visual mass, and makes the upper part of the car, the window graphic, and the roofline, look smaller.
Even if the car fits into nearly the same virtual 3-d rectangular volume determined by the maximum length, width, and height, the proportions make it look different.