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This week at a series of private events at a corporate experience centre outside Los Angeles, Porsche debuted the eighth-generation installment of its 54-year-old sportscar, the 2020 Porsche 911. Porsche showed the new 911, known internally as 992, in two versions for its world premiere: a two-wheel-drive 911 Carrera Sand an all-wheel-drive 911 Carrera 4S.
They each look nearly identical to their predecessors. The main allure of the 992 to Porsche enthusiasts is the bragging rights associated with having the very freshest 911.
It adopts revised horizontally opposed six-cylinder petrol engines that feature a new fuel injection process for added combustion efficiency among a number of significant upgrades aimed at increasing its competitiveness against two-door rivals.
The turbocharged 3.0-litre units, which continue to be mounted in the rear, offer slightly more power than their predecessors. They can be mated to either a standard seven-speed manual or a new eight-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox.
In the new rear-wheel-drive Carrera S and four-wheel-drive Carrera 4S, the reworked powerplant delivers 30bhp more than before, at 444bhp. Together with the revised gearing of the new dual-clutch gearbox, this results in a 0-62mph time that’s 0.4sec faster for both of the new 911 launch models, at 3.7sec for the Carrera S and 3.6sec for the Carrera 4S.
To help keep that power in check and offer improved performance to match, the 911 Carrera S is now 1.77 inches wider up front. A broader nose wraps around 20-inch wheels up front and 21-inchers at the rear. But, the improved grip isn’t just mechanical, with a series of new driver assists helping to make the 992 safer.
A new ‘Wet Mode’ that automatically detects low grip conditions, interestingly by using water sensors inside the fenders that detect the flow of the stuff off the front tires. When a lot of water is detected, the car warns the driver and, once enabled, adjusts both the throttle curve and the differential settings to enable better and more reliable handling in low-grip situations.
The 2020 Porsche 911 Carrera S and 4S hit dealerships this summer. You’re looking at a starting price of $113.200 for the former, while the later will set you back $120.600. That’s about an $8.000 increase over the 2019 car, but more importantly, this is just the beginning. We look forward to counting the many, many 911 variants yet to come. The 911, always a cult car!