The Porsche 911 Carrera name has been on the lips of car lovers since 1963 and with each generation, excitement followed. The new 911 is finally here. It’s the sum of its predecessors, taking in the 911’s iconic silhouette and timeless design and adding innovative technology and new safety features. The 2020 Porsche 911, dubbed the 992, made its debut in Carrera 4S form at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show. It’s the eighth new version of the 911 in the sports car’s history.
Timeless design with an upgrade
Blink and you might miss it. The 992 has subtle design changes from its predecessor and the classic 911 formula. It kept the basic underlying structure and 96.5-inch wheelbase of the 991, but the 992 sports new bodywork and a few important suspension changes. The body is almost entirely made from aluminum, except for the front and rear fascias. The headlamps have a new shape and the front lid extends closer to the nose, featuring sharper edges, reminiscent of the original 911.
The edges of the front and rear bumpers are sharper than the 991 and the mirrors are slimmer. The door handles are also flush in comparison and extend out when pressed, keeping to a sleek design. The overall shape, sloped roof, and the wider fenders remain the same, but there’s nothing wrong with this classic 911 look. The wide fenders allow Porsche to lengthen track widths and the front and the rear. The 992’s wheels are bigger, with base Carrera models getting 19-inch wheels in the front and 20s in the rear, and Carrera S models with 20s and 21s. The new model also gets a wider electronically adjustable rear spoiler.
More tech, more speed
The 992 has some upgrades under the hood as well. Just like the 911s before it, the 992 has a flat-six mounted behind the rear axle and uses the same twin-turbo 3.0-liter engine. The upgrades to the turbo and fuel-injection systems gives the Carrera S models 443 hp, 23 more than the 991. The two-wheel-drive Carrera S can reach 60 in just 3.5 seconds. The addition of the Sport Chrono package and its launch control drops the number to 3.3 seconds.
The new 911 also features more tech. The Wet driving mode tunes the ABS and stability control to maximize traction in slippery situations. The instrument cluster provides all your essential car information on two high-resolution 7˝ digital screens on the left and right of the wheel and an analog tachometer. A high-resolution 10.9˝ touchscreen display next to that features the Porsche Communication Management and online navigation. Porsche’s navigation and infotainment system connects you to the Porsche Connect App, which can sync your destinations and calendars with your car. You can also plan trips effortlessly with Real-time Traffic Information and rock out to your favorite tunes with music apps. The voice recognition interface allows you to easily search for information, like the weather at your destination, and have current news read to you. Other tech offerings include the Porsche 360+ personal assistant and the Porsche Impact emissions calculator.
The 2020 911 Carrera S starts at $113,300 and the Carrera 4S is $120,600, and will arrive at US dealers next summer. Learn More