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Porsche pulls cover off 2020 911 Carrera S and 4S

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Article by Damon Lowney
Photos courtesy Porsche

Porsche introduced the new 2020 911 Carrera S and Carrera 4S, the eighth generation of the automaker’s iconic rear-engined sports car, tonight at the Porsche Experience Center in Carson, California.

The 992-generation 911 represents an evolutionary change from the 991. A twin-turbocharged flat-six mounted at the rear produces 443 horsepower. Power is sent to the rear wheels in the Carrera S, or to all four in the Carrera 4S, via a new eight-speed automatic double-clutch PDK transmission, which has room to accomodate a hybrid-electric drive system if needed. Porsche says a manual will be available at a later date. The flat-six uses an improved injection process and a revised turbocharger and intercooler layout to increase efficiency and power.

The Carrera S will do o-60 miles per hour in 3.5 seconds, or 3.3 with Sport Chrono package, and go on to a top speed of 191 mph. The Carrera 4S will accelerate a bit quicker: 0-60 mph comes in 3.4 seconds, or a blazing 3.2 seconds with Sport Chrono package. The 4S will reach 190 mph, Porsche says.

The new 911 is a bigger car than the one before it — and now rides on 20-inch front and 21-inch rear wheels, 8.5 and 11.5 inches wide, respectively — though it looks unmistakably like a 911. Porsche says the front is 45 millimeters wider, while the rears of both the Carrera S and 4S are the same width as the previous Carrera 4 and GTS. Previously the Carrera and Carrera S used a narrower body than the all-wheel-drive and GTS models. That body is aluminum intensive, according to Porsche, as all but the front and rear fascias are made of the metal.

The details are where we start to see how the 992 differs from the outgoing 991. Shutlines are different (especially noticeable where the front bumper, hood, and fenders meet), the active rear spoiler spans nearly the entire width of the rear end, the taillight bar has now been cemented into the full Porsche lineup, and the exhaust tips poke through the rear fascia, instead of residing under it, à la 991 GT2 RS. Fun fact: On the Carrera 4S, the longitudinal cooling fins on the decklid have a silver/gray finish on the top. Carrera Ss have black fins.

Inside, the cockpit looks familiar to anyone who’s sat in a 911. There are classic 911 cues such as a five-gauge dash (even if four of those gauges are digital — the tachometer is analog), but also a modern 10.9-inch center touchscreen and a glass center console with haptic “buttons.” There are also real buttons, switches, and dials. We especially like how the dash is shaped with a ledge below the touchscreen, facilitating easier use.

Porsche didn’t give specs on weight (it is more than 100 pounds heavier than the 991), or even mention the base Carrera and Carrera 4, but we do know what these introduction S models will cost. Carrera S: MSRP $113,200. Carrera 4S: MSRP $120,600.

Stay tuned to PCA.org for more information as it becomes available.


Full Porsche Press Release

The new 2020 Porsche 911 Carrera S and 4S – more powerful, more dynamic, unmistakably a 911

The eighth generation of an icon: Spectacular world premiere in Los Angeles

ATLANTA, Nov. 27, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Faster, more emotional, and more connected – the eighth generation of the Porsche 911 is here. On the eve of the Los Angeles Auto Show, the new 911 celebrated its world premiere at the Porsche Experience Center Los Angeles. With an exterior that unmistakably reflects the Porsche design DNA, a more muscular look, and a completely new interior layout, the new 911 is both timeless and modern. The next generation of flat-six turbocharged engines has been further developed to be more powerful than ever before, delivering 443 horsepower in the S models. Using an improved injection process, as well as a new layout for the turbochargers and intercoolers, the efficiency of the engine has been further optimized. Power is delivered by a new eight-speed, dual-clutch transmission. New assistance systems such as the standard Porsche Wet Mode for increased driver awareness on wet roads, and the optional Night Vision Assist with a thermal imaging camera, are part of the broadened array of available active driver assistance features. The new Porsche Communication Management (PCM) with a larger 10.9-inch touchscreen display (up from 7.0 inches in the previous car) and comprehensive connectivity, optional Adaptive 18-way Sport Seats Plus with improved lateral support, re-tuned PASM dampers, and extended digital features all ensure greater comfort and everyday usability.

911 Carrera S models with 443 horsepower
The turbocharged flat-six engine of the 911 Carrera S and 911 Carrera 4S now produces 443 horsepower. This corresponds to an increase of 23 horsepower compared with the previous model. Equipped with the 8-speed PDK dual clutch transmission as standard, the rear-wheel-drive 911 Carrera S Coupe needs just 3.5 seconds to reach 60 miles per hour from standstill, and the 911 Carrera 4S Coupe with all-wheel drive takes only 3.4 seconds. This makes both cars 0.4 seconds faster than the previous model in each case. This advantage is increased by a further 0.2 seconds with the optional Sport Chrono Package, to 3.3 seconds for the Carrera S and 3.2 seconds for the Carrera 4S. The top track speeds are now 191 miles per hour (911 Carrera S) and 190 miles per hour for the all-wheel-drive version. A manual transmission will be offered at a later date.

Clear design language, unmistakable identity
The exterior design has been revamped and underlines the leap in performance of the new Porsche 911. Significantly wider wheel housings arch over large 20-inch front wheels and 21-inch rear wheels. At the front, the body width has increased by 45 millimeters (1.77 inches), making room for a wider front track. Correspondingly, the rear body width on both 911 Carrera S and 911 Carrera 4S has increased to 1,852 mm (72.91 in), the width of the previous 911 Carrera 4 and 911 GTS models. Flush integration of the electric door handles that extend outward when needed emphasizes the tapered and smooth side contour. Between the new LED headlights, the front luggage compartment lid with pronounced contours evokes the design of the first 911 generations. The rear is dominated by the significantly wider, variable-position rear spoiler and the seamless, elegant light bar which is now a feature on both two- and four-wheel drive variants. With the exception of the front and rear fasciae, the entire outer skin is now made of aluminum.

The completely new interior is characterized by the clear and straight lines of the dashboard with recessed instruments. Porsche 911 models from the 1970s provided the inspiration here. Left and right of the centrally positioned tachometer, which is characteristic for Porsche, two thin, frameless, free-form displays provide the driver with information. The PCM can be operated quickly and intuitively thanks to the new architecture. Located underneath the screen, a compact switch panel with five buttons provides direct access to key vehicle functions. In terms of digitalization, the 911 is more connected than ever before thanks to new functions and services. The standard PCM system features Porsche Connect Plus including online traffic information based on swarm data. (A subscription is required after an initial 12-month trial period.)

*The availability of Porsche Connect services is dependent on the availability of wireless network coverage which may not be available in all areas, and may be subject to eventual technology sun-set or deactivation, thus nullifying services. The vehicle equipment necessary to use Porsche Connect is only available factory-installed, and cannot be retrofitted. Likewise, the vehicle equipment may not work with future mobile networks yet to be deployed. Some functions may require separate subscriptions, or data charges may apply.

New assistance systems increase safety and comfort
As a world first, Porsche has developed the Wet Mode, which is included as standard equipment on the new Porsche 911. This function detects water on the road, preconditions the stability control and anti-lock brake systems accordingly, and warns the driver. A camera-based warning and brake assist system, also fitted as standard, detects the risk of collision with moving objects and initiates emergency braking if necessary. Night Vision Assist with a thermal imaging camera is optionally available for the 911 for the first time. The Adaptive Cruise Control option includes automatic distance control, stop-and-go functionality, and an innovative Emergency Assist function.

The 2020 911 Carrera S has a base MSRP of $113,200, while the 2020 911 Carrera 4S will be offered starting at $120,600, each not including the $1,050 delivery, processing and handling fee. The models can be ordered now and are expected to reach U.S. dealers in summer 2019.

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