We have been following the 992 Porsche 911 for a long time now. We brought you an exclusive ride alongside the engineers while they were doing final testing in and around San Francisco last October. We were also at the Los Angeles motor show late November to witness the official global launch of the eighth-generation model, bringing you updates and exclusive interviews. Then in early February, wheels readers were among the first to get a full drive report of the new 911 Carrera S and 4S.
Now, Porsche has revealed the standard, or base if we can call it that, 911 Carrera and 911 Carrera Cabriolet to expand the line-up. Like the two models that are a rung up in the ladder, the new 911 Carrera and 911 Carrera Cabriolet are powered by a twin-turbo 3.0-litre flat six engine. Fitted with model-specific turbochargers, the unit makes 379bhp at 6,500 rpm (which is nine horsepower more than the previous 911 Carrera models) and 450Nm of torque from 1,950 to 5,000 rpm. Mated to an eight-speed PDK gearbox, the 2020 Carrera accelerates from 0 to 100kph in 4.2 seconds and hits a top speed of 293kph. The optional Sport Chrono Package shaves a further 0.2 seconds off the benchmark sprint. Both these figures represent an improvement of 0.2 seconds compared to the respective numbers from the previous 911 Carrera Coupe with PDK. The Carrera Cabriolet offers similar performance, but the top track speed is marginally low at 291kph.
Both the Coupe and Cabriolet are equipped with PASM (Porsche Active Suspension Management) as standard and the electronically variable damping system comes standard offering two selectable modes, “Normal” and “Sport”. Both the Carrera and Carrera Cabriolet come with staggered diameter wheels, measuring 19 inches at the front and 20 inches at the rear. Internally ventilated and perforated grey cast-iron brake rotors come standard and measure 13.0 inches front and rear and feature black four-piston callipers. Porsche Ceramic Composite Brake (PCCB) can be ordered as an optional extra. They also come with Wet Mode included as standard equipment, which automatically detects water on the road, preconditions the stability control and anti-lock brake systems accordingly, and warns the driver. This helps the driver call up vehicle settings suited for wet surface conditions.
Visually, the 911 Carrera models are pretty much the same as their pricier siblings, the only distinguishing feature being the exhaust openings in the rear fascia. The standard 911 Carrera models feature one rectangular, single-tube tailpipe on each side, while the S models are fitted with a set of round twin-tailpipes on each side. Additionally, an optional Sport Exhaust system with two oval tailpipes can be ordered for all models.
The 2020 911 Carrera and 911 Carrera Cabriolet are expected to reach dealerships around the world early 2020. Retail price for the 911 Carrera in the US market has been pegged at $97,400 (Dh357,500), while the 911 Carrera Cabriolet retails for $110,200 (Dh404,500).