Porsche 911 Porsche 911 has long been one of the most admired sports cars in the world with distinctive style and stunning performance. The most recent generation takes advantage of these characteristics due to the evolution of advancements that demonstrate Porsche’s constant dedication to driver involvement. The latest 911 is available in a coupe as well as a convertible (Cabriolet) as well as the body style of a targa is expected to eventually join the two. Each model is equipped with a fantastic twin-turbo six-cylinder motor that is available with two different power levels and comes with a top manual or automatic transmission. All-wheel or rear-wheel drive is available. While the latter configuration is faster and more effective in arid conditions, each model is able to go from being incredibly athletic to breathtakingly graceful in any moment. The attributes mentioned above and the 2020 911’s surprising practical features make sure that its legendary status remains still in full force.
What’s New for 2020?
For 2020, Porsche introduces an all-new 911 generation–codenamed 992–that features a handsomely evolved design and meticulously engineered mechanicals. The new model also features improved tuning of the chassis, more powerful engines, and a wealth of modern technologies. The 640 horsepower Porsche 911 Turbo S, that we will review separately, will increase the power of the 911 Turbo S when it is available in 2021.
Pricing and Which One to Buy
The highly customizable and pricey nature of the 911 means there are many factors to consider when designing the 911 Carrera. We like the additional 64 horsepower (443 total) that the S model offers but it’s a toss-up which one we’d prefer to go with the efficient eight-speed automatic over the manual one. Because even rear-drive 911s sport wider fenders which were originally reserved for all-wheel-drive models, the pricey upgrade isn’t as appealing in the eyes of those like us who desire the faster acceleration and all-weather capability the 4S offers. We’d also recommend adding the more comfortable Sport Seats Plus as well as the Sport package, which features lower suspension, a more powerful exhaust system, as well as it comes with the Sport Chrono option (launch control, more sporty modes of driving, and much more). Other options we like include the heated, multi-function GT steering wheel, as and the passive entry system Porsche’s Dynamic Light System Plus that includes automatic high-beams as well as headlights that can swivel when you turn the wheel. We’d recommend adding ventilated front seats also.
Engine, Transmission, and Performance
The rear end in the rear of this 911 Carrera is a twin-turbo 3.0-liter flat-six-cylinder engine. The base model has 379 horsepower, and 331 pounds of torque. The S model produces 443 horsepower and 390 lb-ft. Although all Carreras come with a remarkably quick-shifting 8-speed automatic transmission, a manual with seven speeds is available in the S as well as 4S models. Both versions come with rear-wheel drive, however they are also available with all-wheel drive to provide high-performance driving all through the year. We’ve test driven the base Carrera and different variants of the more robust Carrera S, which demonstrated its speed on the track and its remarkable traction in extreme conditions. In any case it’s a must to know that every 911 is astonishly fast car and traction, particularly when their efficient launch control is employed. Porsche’s sport exhaust option will also help enhance the experience by adding a deeper engine sound. The best part is that this 911 is as comfy as ever and excellent to drive. The steering is nimble and clear, while the convertible and coupe come with greater grip on corners and increased stability. The ride is soft, in spite of the 911’s remarkable body control, which allows drivers to effortlessly shift between calm and energetic speedy romps.
Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG
It’s no surprise that the EPA estimate for the 992 generation have dropped significantly in comparison to previous models. Let’s start with those with automatics. Both rear-drive 911 Carrera and Carrera S and the all-wheel drive Carrera 4 (including the convertible versions) are evaluated at 18 mpg in the city, and 24 miles per gallon on highways. Move up to the more robust Carrera 4S and the ratings fall from 18 highway to. The manual transmission variants are rated just one mpg higher than the city numbers and one higher for highway use. On our 200-mile highway which simulates the real-world economy of fuel the automatic-equipped Carrera S has a rated of 30 mpg. This was higher than its current lower EPA Highway rating by a whopping 6 mpg. This is the same amount as we did using the earlier-generation 911.
Interior, Comfort, and Cargo
The interior of the 911 continues appear elegant and not overly complicated, and features a range of controls that are physical and — for the first time in history–a huge center cupholder. The gauge cluster is also different from its past, swapping majority of analog instruments in favor of digital instruments. While the screens do aren’t perfect for users and are impeded with the control wheel the central tachometer is still using the physical needle, which tracks the engine’s speed towards the redline of 7400 rpm. The 911’s low-slung drive posture and comfortable front seats are excellent while the steering wheel offers many adjustment options. We would only like Porsche had used less piano-black accents on its center console. They also offered additional storage space in the interior and also gave this iconic of a car a more powerful shifter instead of the tiny switch that is standard on auto-equipped models. While the 911 continues to provide seating for as many as four in the theory of things, the rear seats are reserved for children only. They can however be used to increase the storage space.
Infotainment and Connectivity
Every 911 is equipped with the 10.9-inch touchscreen that sits in inside the center of the instrument panel. Alongside the buttons and voice commands on the wheel of the car, the middle screen is also features buttons that rotate within the console. The infotainment system is compatible with the Wi-Fi hotspot as well as wireless Apple CarPlay, but Android Auto isn’t supported. Porsche offers two premium surround-sound systems. They include a Bose 12 speaker unit, as well as a 13-speaker stereo.