2020 Porsche 911 | First Look | Cars.com


SUVs may be all the rage but iconic
sports cars, well they can still make a splash and we saw that at the 2018 LA
Auto Show with a new generation of the Porsche 911. Now this is the 992
generation if you’re a Porsche enthusiast, not to be confused with the
outgoing car which was the 991 generation. We’re just seeing the tip of
the iceberg here in the 992 with the Carrera S and the Carrera 4S. There’s
definitely going to be a lot more of these cars to come based on this new
generation. So what makes the 992 different from the 991? Well the two
cars look awfully similar at a glance but as any Porsche enthusiast will tell
you it’s all about the details. The 992 now has harder corners at the forward
edges of the hood with subtle streaks kind of leading up toward the windshield.
The headlights still remain circular in design with these sort of center bezels
that have four LEDs kind of poking out around the edges. Again, similar to the
991 911. You get around back and there are some more obvious
changes here. First of all that light bar that kind of goes between the taillights,
that’s drawn from similar themes in other Porsche models including it’s
SUVs. Above that below the rear window there’s a lot of bright work now and
there’s an adjustable rear spoiler that kind of sits between the two. Porsche
says the front width of the car, the front track, is a little bit wider than
than before in the rear on both the Carrera S with rear-wheel drive in the Carrera
4S with all wheel drive is actually as wide as the prior Carrera 4 which had
all-wheel-drive. So you get a little bit more width there especially for rear
drive cars. You get inside it’s still a very vertically oriented dashboard.
There’s a touchscreen that’s kind of housed in the center part. It’s up to 10.9 inches now versus seven inches before. There’s still a very
prominent center console it kind of faces the ceiling, has a lot of controls
on it. Importantly Porsche has confirmed to Cars.com that the 911 will not have
all of those touch sensitive kind of capacitive buttons around the gearshift
which we’ve seen on the Panamera and on the Cayenne recent redesigns of those
vehicles. We’re not really wild about those controls in the Panamera so good
news here for the 911. Now you get to power trains. Still a turbocharged
horizontally opposed six-cylinder engine. Porsche claims improved fuel injection,
new layouts for the turbo chargers and intercooler so total power here
443 horsepower. That may seem like just
a modest bump in power only 23 horsepower versus the outgoing 911
Carrera S and Carrera 4S but it works through an 8-speed dual-clutch automatic
transmission here versus the 7-speed unit before. It gets power to either at
the rear wheels again if you’re in the Carrerra S, all four wheels if you’re in
the Carrera 4S and hits 60 miles per hour with the optional Sport Chrono
Package in as little as 3.3 seconds for the rear drive car,
3.2 seconds for the all-wheel drive car. That’s really really
significant. Down 0.4 second versus the outgoing same style of
vehicle from the 991 generation. That’s a really astronomical number when
you’re talking acceleration numbers this low. The 2020 911 Carrera S and Carrera
4S hit dealers in the summer of 2019. You can see plenty more coverage about those
cars and everything else Porsche has to offer in the new 911 as it comes out all
on Cars.com.