Car people are always curious about the next Lamborghini or Ferrari. Same happens with the follow-up Pagani or Rolls Royce but when the details and spy-shots of the succeeding generation Porsche 911 begin to circulate, a hush (and roar) falls upon the collective automobile community as we await more.
The new 992-generation 8th generation Porsche 911 was thus one of the worst kept secrets in the industry in 2018 and we know no one’s too upset about that. Fact is, the Porsche 911 is the iconic sports car – no other comes close where history, pedigree, racing heritage and character are concerned. We might love everything McLaren’s doing at the moment, dream of sitting in a Koenigsegg but at the end of the day, everyone at Motor Illustrated, and anyone who knows anything about performance cars, would have one in their garage given the chance.
The physical implications
As an icon, the Porsche 911 cannot change, it can only evolve. Thus, it has, and managed to do so quite easily I might add in order to keep up with the times. Said times now require more stability, refinement, safety and technology. If only two generations ago, all of this seemed impossible to blend with the 911’s singular focus, the new 992 is all that.
The 2020 Porsche 911 has grown in most directions in order to accommodate the demands of the 21st Century. Although it is unmistakably a 911, the 44mm wider front, 45mm wider rear tracks and longer hood are evident. The new 911 is stunning and yet painfully simple and sleek at the same time. Sporting standard 20-inch front and 21-inch rear wheels, the 911 oozes power and purpose.
This language carries forth within the 911’s sexy new shell. The emphasis is on the horizontal with all manners of important controls nearby and at the ready. Previously, the center console would merge with the dashboard but the new 992 decouples the two portions opting instead to split them with vents and five analog buttons – a lovely and unexpected touch.
The instrument cluster features the all-important centrally-located analog rev counter and is framed by two 7-inch displays. To the IP’s immediate right is the Porsche Communication Management (PCM) central hub, the new 10.9-inch touchscreen display.
As always, customizing your new Porsche continues to be an event unto itself. The 2020 911 can be specified in a number of colors both inside an out. We have a certain preference for Lava Orange that we’d couple with Agave Green club leather. And this is only the beginning of the possibilities.
Mechanically designed to speed
The biggest challenge facing engineers is remaining true to the original concept, which was flawed from the very beginning. There’s no debating that having an engine sit behind the rear axle poses a number of issues when going fast around a corner is what the car was intended to do.
This setup forced Porsche engineers to rethink what was possible and when one walks through the Porsche Museum and takes notice of the trophy and awards display, they did one hell of a job. And we believe they’ve done it again.
To begin with, only the 2020 911 Carrera S and 4S will be available. Actually, you can place your order now for delivery midway through next year. Porsche staggers the introductions of all its trims and versions, and has done so for many generations.
The Carrera S features a twin-turbocharged 3.0-litre flat-6-cylinder engine that produces no less than 443-horsepower at 6,500 rpm and 390 lb.-ft. of torque between 2,300 and 5,000 rpm. The sole offered transmission, for the moment, is an 8-speed Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK) dual-clutch unit.
With Porsche Traction Management (PTM) and Porsche Stability Management (PSM), the all-wheel drive Carrera 4S equipped with Sport Chrono Package and Launch Control will reach 100km/h in only 3.4 seconds. The Carrera S requires one tenth of a second more to achieve the same speed.
Among the many ways Porsche enables its customers to make their incredible car all the more spectacular, they provide performance enhancing options such as Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM), Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control Sport (PDCC Sport), Rear Axle Steering and Porsche Ceramic Composite Brake (PCCB) to name a few items.
Pricing in Canada
The Carrera S starts at $129,100 while the 4S begins at $137,400. This represents a $1,200 increase over the final 991.2 generation Carrera S. We thus figure that a base 992 Carrera, when it becomes available, should retail for scarcely more than $105,000.
A heavy option list will send the sticker price into the stratosphere. A well-endowed Carrera 4S can, with little effort, reach over $200,000. One cannot however, put a price on uniqueness.
Next week, we perform a deep-dive into what makes the new 992 tick. Check back with us for even more information on the 2020 Porsche 911.