The Porsche 911 is easily one of the most recognizable names in the auto industry. With pressure from the marketplace to advance the platform and devoted purists to appease, creating a next-generation model has been a delicate balancing act. Porsche managed to make the 992 more powerful, more refined and more technologically advanced in nearly every aspect, over its predecessor. Rather than a simple redesign, Porsche engineers have managed to take some crucial evolutionary steps to make a fantastic formula even better.
There were some initial concerns that Porsche would be deviating from their flat six powerplants, but we are happy to report that is not the case. Both the Carrera S and Carrera 4S will feature twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter flat six engines. From the official debut, we now know power output will sit at 443 bhp and 390 pound-feet of torque. More impressive is that these modest gains translate to a 0-60 mph sprint in just 3.5 seconds. Top speed is a claimed 191 mph for both variants.
The 2020 992 is slightly longer, wider and heavy than its predecessor, even though Porsche had made the entire body out of aluminum. Mostly due to the added electronic equipment, both the Carrera S and 4S have increased in weight by more than 150 pounds. The new technology that Porsche has implemented here, has never before been seen in this class.
Previously Porsche restricted their wide fenders to models equipped with all-wheel-drive, but now all variants benefit from this wider stance. Considering that even the least powerful, entry-level 911 can now reach speeds that were previously limited to the 911 GTS, this has been done for good reason. The 992 gets wider tries and a widened track that’s grown 1.8 inches in the front and 1.5 inches in the rear.
Flush door handles seem to be a growing trend in the auto world, first debuting on vehicles from Tesla, Aston Martin and Range Rover. The 992 follows the same route, with cleaner body lines and a more aerodynamic shape. All trim levels will also be receiving a rear light bar, which was has been previewed in many new models across their lineup.
New to the 992 will be a Wet Driving mode, which will make a bunch of changes to the vehicles ABS system, stability control and differential settings. First impressions of this new feature conclude that the altered behavior makes the vehicle excel in even the most slippery of conditions. Cooling in the front axle and differential has increased by 300 percent over the 911 gen.
Enthusiasts will be glad to hear that a manual gearbox is still on offer, and many report it will be the same seven-speed manual from the 911. The main highlight here is the novel eight-speed PDK that allows for top speed runs in only sixth gear.
Porsche has yet again outdone itself and created a car that redefines the rules of the sport. With such capable entry-level models, we can only imagine what succeeding variants will follow.