The Porsche 911 is one of the most important models in the history of the automobile and therefore does not change lightly. For the eighth generation, the 2020 Porsche 911 Carrera S is all about evolution. Unveiled the night before the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show, this new Porsche 911 will also be known as the 992. In accordance with the one-digit change of the latest-generation 911, the 991, this new car marks a clear model, but far from a revolution.
As before, the new 911 Carrera S is based on a turbocharged six-cylinder engine mounted at the rear. For 2020, it develops 443 horses, 23 more than before. The zero acceleration to 60 of the 911 Carrera S is thus reduced to 3.5 seconds, or 0.4 seconds faster than before. But, opt for the Sport Chrono package and its launch control and the number drops further to 3.3 seconds. Finally, add the 4S to AWD, and the same sprint is covered in just 3.2 seconds.
A new eight-speed dual-clutch PDK gearbox puts power to the ground, but it's worth noting that Porsche promises that an adequate manual transmission will be available – ultimately. Fanatics with three pedals will have to keep their orders "for a later date".
To help control this power and improve performance, the 911 Carrera S is now 1.77 inches wider at the front. A wider nose surrounds the 20-inch wheels at the front and the 21-inches at the rear. However, improving grip is not just mechanical, with a series of new wizards making the 992 safer.
A new "wet mode" automatically detects low grip conditions. It is interesting to use water sensors inside the wings that detect the flow of the material of the front tires. When a lot of water is detected, the car warns the driver and, once activated, adjusts both the acceleration curve and the differential settings to allow more effective and reliable handling in low-power situations. adhesion. All this comes standard, as is a new automatic camera-based braking system, while an adaptive cruise is an option. You can even get a night vision camera if you're one to take the habit of bombarding backcountry roads after dark.
Outside, the new Carrera S has a revisited style that does not break the mold, but again, why would you do it? While the nose is quite similar to what we saw on the 991, larger changes are occurring at the rear, with clean, seamless tail lights that extend across the width of the nose. The back of the car. The electric door handles are now lined up and out to greet you.
More significant changes occur when you pull on these handles to penetrate inside. Porsche's PCM infotainment system now runs on a 10.1-inch screen, while the overall configuration has been greatly simplified. The buttons are far fewer than before, and the new vertical shifter is slender, that is the least we can say.
The Porsche 911 Carrera S and 4S 2020 at dealerships this summer. You are considering a starting price of $ 113,200 for the old one, while the last one will cost you $ 120,600. This represents an increase of about $ 8,000 compared to the 2019 car, but most importantly, it is only the beginning. We can not wait to count the many variants of the upcoming 911.