- Daily usability combined with performance highlights main reasons why you should buy a Porsche 911 C4S
- Pricing is the main deterrent
The 992-generation 2020 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S is a difficult car to forget. Granted, I am the very definition of a Porsche enthusiast and I can’t remember the last time I had anything bad to say about a Porsche. Whenever I review one, my main issue is pricing and the fact that any Porsche will cost you a few thousand dollars more (at least) than a direct competitor. That’s about it.
Take that as a disclosure of sorts. I came into this Porsche 911 review expecting to love Porsche’s 992 flagship and that’s exactly what happened. But here’s the thing. I genuinely looked for something to complain about. I just didn’t really find anything except the car’s price and, more importantly, availability. I did have an issue with the fact that no manual was offered at first, but that was fixed in time for my week with the 2020 911 C4S.
Now, if you dislike Porsche 911s, this new generation won’t change your mind. Porsche has a tried and true recipe with the 911 and the 992 evolves upon it. On the other hand, there are a ton of improvements and everything the 991 generation did well, the 992 does better. It won’t change your mind about the Porsche 911, but if you’re already a fan, you’ll love this version more than any other past 911.
Powering the Porsche 911 C4S is a twin-turbo Boxer six-cylinder with 443 horsepower and 390 pound-feet of torque. That’s 23 horsepower and 22 pound-feet of torque more than the outgoing C4S. The new C4S needs 3.4 seconds to reach 100 km/h (with the Sport Chrono Package) while the last C4S needed 4.0 seconds. Of course, at $137,400, the 2020 911 C4S is almost $10,000 more than the model it replaces.
Still, that 10 extra grand is justified given how much of a better car the 992 is. Quite the feat knowing how good the last 911 C4S was.
Why You Should Buy a 2020 Porsche 911 C4S
- The Porsche 911 has always been fast, but this new one is supercar fast. It can run along some pretty exclusive and much more expensive exotics with confidence.
- Unlike exotic cars, you can easily use the Porsche 911 C4S every single day of the year. I drove it through a snowstorm without a problem. Thanks to a new front-lift system, you don’t have to worry about getting over a steep entrance or going over speed bumps anymore either. Driving around the city, it feels just like a normal car.
- More on daily drivability, the 911 C4S is impressively comfortable and quiet when on the highway or in traffic. Now, I will say that it feels harsher than the previous 911. The suspension definitely lets a few bumps and potholes filter to the driver. It’s not as comfy as the last 911 surprisingly, but its refinement is still a strong selling point for buyers looking for a high performance daily driver.
- The interior is beautiful. Until the 991 generation, Porsche 911 interiors were, shall we say, not representative of the car’s price or position in the market. That changed with the last gen, and the 992 generation improves the interior refinement a step further. I also like the fact that Porsche didn’t go full digital on the centre console. Most of the commands you will use regularly are still physical buttons and switches. The net result is that this interior is the best one from a pure design standpoint, but it’s still functional.
- Accelerations, handling, the way the PDK gearbox shifts… It’s all better than the last 911. This new 992 may be bigger, it feels more agile and more nimble than the last and a heck of a lot faster too.
- There’s just enough room to fit a baby seat in the back. Who cares, right? Well, I wanted to bring the family for a drive and we have a 9-month-old. We couldn’t fit the seat in the BMW 8 Series, but could fit it in the 992 911.
Why You Shouldn’t Buy a 2020 Porsche 911 C4S
- Once again, I will talk pricing. For starters, I don’t think you really need the C4S. The performance is incredible, but the price is steep. The Carrera 4 is roughly $18,000 less and still pretty darn fast. Now, I get the irony of talking price as a negative with a car like this. Maybe you don’t care about price and just want the best of the best. Then, by all means, get the C4S. Or wait for the Turbo or the GTS. That’s fine. This point is for the more pragmatic buyers. The Porsche 911 is more expensive than its competition, and its lease and finance rates are high.
- Availability may be a problem for the next few months. There aren’t a ton of 992 Porsche 911s on the market and you may have to wait a while to get yours. That said, if you order today, it may just be ready in time for summer.
If you have the cash and don’t mind waiting, the 2020 Porsche 911 C4S is the best all-around performance car you can buy. End of story.