2020 Porsche 911 Carrera S Track Test

How new is new? It’s actually a constant debate around the car biz, and our shop, when it comes to Porsche’s iconic 911. Over 55-years and seven generations, each “new” 911 always seems to be refined, more than reborn. And here we are with the eighth gen 911 ready for the road. So, is it just another notch upward, or has the world’s quintessential sports car achieved a new level of “new”.

Motorweek is made possible by tyreq comm rockauto.com and state farm hello and welcome to the start of the 39th season of motor week we’re glad to have you with us and we start with a question how new is new it’s actually a constant debate around the car biz and our shop when it comes to porsches iconic 911 over 55 years and seven generations each new 911 always

Seems to be refined more than reborn and here we are with the 8th gen 911 ready for the road so is it just another notch upward or has the world’s quintessential sports car achieved a new level of new while the how new is new debate will likely continue for as long as there’s a 911 or at least until an all-electric one shows up porsche at least thinks this 2020

911 is new enough to deploy a new 992 nomenclature even though the basic platform is largely carryover from the 991 there is nothing drastic about this 911 change no switching from air-cool to water-cooled but there is a lot new about the rear mounted flat-six powertrain including new twin turbos intercoolers and exhaust manifolds turbos are larger so compression

Is higher 23 added horsepower ups the total to 443 with 390 pound-feet of torque a pdk with eight tightly spaced gears is new to the 911 taken from the panamera with a new shifter there reminds us of an old styled microphone no manual that launched by the 7-speed gearbox will come likewise a hybrid version arrives not too far into the 992 light cycle for now

Just two models our carrera s and all-wheel-drive carrera 4s but convertible and base carrera models are in the wings your first impression is that styling has evolved little maybe but it has changed enough for us to use the word beautiful for the first time in a 911 road test in like forever it’s sleeker more elegant more supercar life yeah beautiful fits like

Every previous 911 gen the new car does grow in size with wider front and rear tracks standard wheel sets are now 20s up front 21s in rear rear tires are the widest ever on a standard 911 305 s he ikes that’s a lot of rubber hitting the pavement ensuring they’re planted into the pavement as much as possible a larger rear spoiler is in place but that’s just one

Of this active spoilers tricks in addition to providing downforce and also channels air into the updated engine cooling system as well as having an eco position to reduce drag there’s more aluminum in both the chassis and the body but they didn’t manage to take any weight out actually tacking on another 150 pounds or so but unlike before you do get the same wide

Body style whether you get rear or all-wheel drive when it comes to driving many porsche files might claim that they’re 19 whatever is better and they’d be wrong this 992 is superior by every measurable category had a few that aren’t measurable steering has been quickened to razor-sharp levels and you can engage the rears in the process optionally as well familiar

Mcpherson struts up front with a multi-link rear but dampers are new and of course the pasm active management of them has been upgraded you can talk specs and differences all day long but the fact that this 911 is just pure bliss on a winding road is what matters most to us that’s where you’ll also appreciate the new and far more modern 2+2 interior besides the

Big dash touchscreen also lifted from the panamera we were surprisingly quite fond of the mostly digital gauge package mostly as porsche properly kept a real needle and dial for the center tach classic 911 touches like a left-hand starter switch and manual for off seat adjustments also remain we found the driving experience was more fun and noticeably improved on

The summit point circuit at summit point sports park we spent a full day there trying to find limits of grip with drive mode and sport plus steering response is immediate with excellent feedback plentiful torque available at all times to push you through corners with no noticeable turbo lag plenty of braking power as well whether you upgraded carbon ceramics or

Not our rear drive carrera s did not have them but we did have the upgraded sports suspension which lowers things about 10 millimeters the new pdk works great as always providing rapid shifts right at redline though the revised ratios did throw in a mid quarter up chip here and there we didn’t expect but like an old trail horse it seems to know its way around the

Track better than you do with lots of tech doing all the hard work behind the scenes and just like that this joyrides come to an end little time left to tell you about three seconds here in the 60s thanks to brutal pdk launches or 11.3 second quarter miles at 124 miles per hour the base carrera when it arrives will started 90 $8,750 yes a base 9/11 is now pushing

Six figures this carrera s begins at 114 thousand six hundred fifty dollars and the all-wheel-drive c4s goes for one hundred twenty one thousand nine hundred fifty dollars so just how new we say new enough to be new both in hardware and in spirit think of the 992 is a modern masterpiece where engineers have been chipping away the 911 stone for over 50 years porsche

Being porsche will steadily unveil a virtually limitless number of variations on this theme over the next six to seven years but you really don’t have to wait as this 2020 carrera s is pure perfection

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2020 Porsche 911 Carrera S Track Test By MotorWeek