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Highs A sports car for all four seasons, masterful driving dynamics, phenomenal powertrains.
Lows Digital gauges lack depth, stubby automatic shifter, just too pricey for most enthusiasts.
Verdict One of the most celebrated and exciting sports cars continues its relevance.
The Porsche 911 has long been one of the most celebrated sports cars on the planet, with unmistakable styling and ethereal performance. The latest generation capitalizes on those characteristics thanks to evolutionary improvements that illustrate Porsche's eternal commitment to driver engagement. The new-for-2020 911 is currently offered as a coupe and convertible (Cabriolet), and a targa body style is eventually expected to join them. Every model boasts a terrific twin-turbo six-cylinder engine that comes in two potencies and pairs with an excellent automatic or manual transmission. Both rear- or all-wheel drive are available, and while the latter setup is quicker and more capable in inclement weather conditions, every model transitions from fiercely athletic to astoundingly graceful at a moment's notice. Those traits and the 2020 911's surprisingly practical qualities ensure that its legendary status is alive and well.
What's New for 2020?
For 2020, Porsche introduces an all-new 911 generation-codenamed 992-that features a handsomely evolved design and meticulously engineered mechanicals. The redesign also institutes enhanced chassis tuning, more powerful engines, and loads of the latest technology. The 640-hp Porsche 911 Turbo S, which we review separately, will up the lineup's firepower even more when it goes on sale for 2021.
Carrera 4S $121,950
Engine, Transmission, and Performance
Mounted in the rear of the 911 Carrera is a twin-turbo 3.0-liter flat-six-cylinder engine. The base version has 379 horsepower and 331 lb-ft of torque; the S model pumps out 443 ponies and 390 lb-ft. While all Carreras have a ridiculously quick-shifting eight-speed automatic transmission, a seven-speed manual is offered on S and 4S models. Both variants come standard with rear-wheel drive, but they can be equipped with all-wheel drive for high-performance driving in all four seasons. We've tested the base Carrera as well as several variations of the more powerful Carrera S, which proved its prowess at the racetrack and its incredible traction in adverse weather conditions. No matter the application, every 911 has astonishing acceleration, especially when their gleefully good launch control is utilized. Porsche's optional sport exhaust system also helps enhance the experience by providing a fuller engine note. Best of all, the 911 is as comfortable as ever, and also greatto drive. Its steering is communicative and direct, and the coupe and convertible have increased cornering grip and stability. The ride quality is surprisingly supple, too, despite the 911's amazing body control, which allow drivers to seamlessly switch between relaxed and spirited romps.
Interior, Comfort, and Cargo
The 911's interior continues to look sophisticated rather than complicated, with a mix of physical controls and-for the first time ever-a large center cupholder. The gauge cluster also deviates from history, ditching the mainly analog instruments for mostly digital ones. While these screens have some user-experience issues and can be blocked by the steering wheel, the central tachometer still uses a physical needle that follows the engine's revs towards its heavenly 7400-rpm redline. The 911's low-slung driving position and supportive front seats are fantastic, and the steering wheel has a wide range of adjustment. We only wish Porsche used less piano-black trim on the center console, provided more interior cubby storage, and gave this icon of a car a grander shifter than the stubby flipper that comes on automatic-equipped models. Although the 911 continues to offer seating for up to four in theory, the back seats remain kid-only zones. But they can be used to expand on the limited cargo space.
Infotainment and Connectivity
Every 911 is outfitted with a 10.9-inch touchscreen integrated into the middle of the dashboard. In addition to voice commands and buttons on the steering wheel, the center screen also features rotary push-button controls on the console. The infotainment system supports a Wi-Fi hotspot and wireless Apple CarPlay, but Android Auto isn't offered. Porsche does provide two high-end surround-sound systems that include a 12-speaker Bose unit and a 13-speaker Burmester stereo.
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