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2020 Porsche 911 Carrera S Review

CAR SIZE: compact
BODY TYPE: Luxury
Probably the world’s most iconic two-door German sports car, the Porsche 911 has been in production since 1963. In the decades that have passed, seven generations of the model came and went, in so many variations that only with efforts one can keep track.
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This year, on the eve of the Los Angeles Auto Show, the eight generation of the 911 broke cover. Built to be a car of its time, the new 911 comes to the market looking more muscular, with new and more powerful engines and most importantly with an interior layout never-before-seen in a Porsche.

1Exterior design & features

The fact that this year’s 911 is a whole new breed is visible even from afar. Designed in such a way as to emphasize the evolution of the nameplate over the years, the stance of the car is more aggressive, thanks to the wider wheel housings arch and increased width of the body.

Using 20-inch front and 21-inch rear wheels, the new 911 is 45 millimeters (1.77 inches) wider than the outgoing model. At the back, the car is now equal in size to the previous 911 Carrera 4 and 911 GTS, at 1,852 mm (72.91 inches).

The new LED headlights are located to either side of a front luggage compartment lid with deep contours, meant to be a nod to the first 911 generations.

At the rear, a much wider variable-position spoiler was fitted, as was the light bar that now comes as standard on both two- and four-wheel drive variants.

2Interior design, features
and passenger space

Perhaps the most changes made to the new 911 can be found at the interior. Porsche was very careful to blend all the required technologies of modern times with the fell of a 1970s sports car.

It did so by going for a design with straight lines, interrupted by recessed instruments. To either side of the centrally positioned tachometer, two frameless displays are there to supply the drivers with whatever information they require.

3Gadgets

The 2020 Porsche 911 is controlled via a new iteration of the Porsche Communication Management (PCM) system. This can be used via a 10.9-inch touchscreen display, a touchscreen that is much larger than the one used until now, which had a diagonal of only 7 inches.

Under this large screen Porsche hid a compact switch panel adorned with five buttons. Pressing them allows access to key car functions.

4Performance

Powering the new 911 Carrera is of course a turbocharged engine. In this case, we’re talking about a flat-six cylinder that has been tweaked into delivering more power than the predecessor: 443 horsepower, or an increase of 23 horsepower compared with the previous model. 

With this combo, the 911 Carrera S has an acceleration time of only 3.5 seconds, while the 4S’ time stands at 3.4 seconds. That can be improved even further, by 0.2 seconds, if the models are fitted with the Sport Chrono Package.

Even without the Sport Chrono Package, both are 0.4 seconds faster than the previous model, and now the top speed stands at 191 mph for the 911 Carrera S (307 km/h) and 190 mph for the 4S (305 km/h).

5Safety

The sports car comes packed with safety features, but what stands out in this wealth of technologies is the wealth of new assistance tools. Among them, the most innovative seems to be the Porsche Wet Mode, a driving setup that automatically adjusts stability control and anti-lock brake systems as soon as it detects water on the road.

Cameras come standard on the new 911. The warning and brake assist systems are for instance camera-based and are used to detect obstacles and automatically brake as soon as an obstacle is detected. For the first time, the 911 range also gets a thermal imaging camera to be used by the Night Vision Assist system.

6Conclusion

It’s very likely the new 911 will continue in the tracks of its predecessors and maintain the high bar set by them when it comes to what the car means for the auto world. Performance-wise, as we’ve seen, that bar has been toppled.

Both the 911 Carrera S and 4S are already on sale, the former retailing in the U.S. from $113,200 and the later starting at $120,600. Prices do not include the $1,050 delivery, processing and handling fee.

Those ordering a 911 now should expect to take delivery of the car sometime in summer 2019.