By on November 28, 2018

2020 Porsche 911

Allow me that one, as I’ve always wanted to use it in a headline. Porsche has taken the wraps off its new 911, showing the eight-generation model to a fawning crowd in Los Angeles on the eve of this week’s auto show.

The exterior, well, that’s an unmistakably Porsche 911 profile at which to gaze. Hanging out behind the rear axle of the S and 4S models is a flat-six now making 443 horsepower.

Party, indeed.

That’s nearly as much as the last of the mighty air-cooled Turbo S models, fer chrissakes. Progress is wonderful. Porsche is using an improved injection process, as well as a new layout for the turbochargers and intercoolers, for improved engine efficiency. This helps explain how they were able to wring 23 more horsepower out of the 3.0-liter engine compared to the previous model.

2020 Porsche 911

Power is delivered by way of an eight-speed, PDK dual-clutch transmission. The company claims the rear-drive Carrera S needs just 3.5 seconds to reach 60 miles per hour from standstill. The 911 Carrera 4S Coupe, using all-wheel drive to dig its claws into the pavement, turns the same trick in only 3.4 seconds. Both those measures are about half a second quicker than the old car. Opt for the Sport Chrono Package, a roughly $2,000 option last year, to shave a further two-tenths off the run.

Wider wheel housings arch over 20-inch front wheels and 21-inch rears. Up front, the body has increased by 45 millimeters (1.8 inches) in width, making room for more front track. Congruently, the rear body width on both 911 Carrera S and 911 Carrera 4S has increased to 1,852 mm (72.9 in), the width of the previous 911 Carrera 4 and 911 GTS models.

2020 Porsche 911

You’ll no doubt notice the flush electric door handles, said to extend outward when needed like a mugger’s switchblade. However, the only thing you’re in danger of losing here is your license.

Between the new LED headlights, the frunk lid is contoured to recall early-gen 911s. The rear is dominated by a variable-position rear spoiler that’s wider than before. A seamless, elegant light bar brings a good dose of PORSCHEBLENDE to the party on both two- and all-wheel drive models. With the exception of its front and rear fascia, the 911’s entire outer skin is now made of aluminium (and yes, I intentionally spelled it that way, thankyouverymuch.)

2020 Porsche 911

Naturally, the interior is fitted with a larger touchscreen than before, in a trend that is common across segment and market. Drivers will now find a 10.9-inch display infused with what the company calls Porsche Communication Management. Don’t worry, purists: a quintet of buttons still exist directly south of the screen awaiting your programming. The PDK lever is described as a “haptic element.” The tachometer remains analog as well.

Porsche has developed something new in its so-called Wet Mode, which is included as standard equipment but has nothing to do with the 911’s effect on your girlfriend (don’t tell me you weren’t making the same joke in your own head). Rather, this function detects water on the road, preconditions the stability control and anti-lock brake systems accordingly, and warns the driver. Collision, night vision, and adaptive cruise systems are also available.

Prices for the 2020 Porsche 911 Carrera S open at $113,200. Adding all-wheel-drive pads that sum to $120,600. The company is taking orders for this rear-engined party right now, with deliveries starting next summer in this country.

[Images: Porsche]

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17 Comments on “Somebody Call 911, Party on the Dance Floor...”


  • avatar
    stuki

    Great! Anther car with a turbo engine, a slush box, and a big touch screen! How exciting! I bet some guy in a faraway land supposedly drove it around Burgerking faster than some other car with a turbo engine, a slush box and a touchscreen as well. Even more exciting! It’s a Classic!

  • avatar
    lon888

    There’s virtually no access to the engine compartment so this isn’t a car for me. I would imagine they would have to drop the motor for virtually any kind of service and that would include something mundane such as replacing the serpentine belt or changing spark plugs. Better have a thick wallet for repairs once the warranty expires…

    • 0 avatar
      JMII

      Before getting my C7 ‘Vette I looked at 718 Cayman – same problem: you can’t even SEE the engine. For anything more then an oil change you have to drop the engine!

      • 0 avatar
        chuckrs

        I have a 987 Cayman S and unless Porsche has made things more inaccessible, then worries about having to drop the engine for every last little thing are groundless. Here’s what has been done on mine, with engine in car: 1) replace sparkpugs (cautionary only to lower chances of a stuck plug – and obviously coil packs access wouldn’t be a problem either) 2) new waterpump 3) engine air filter – under engine cover – done myself with a T27 Torx bit, a hair dryer to soften up filter a little, a butter knife to remove the carpeting over the engine cover and a box end wrench for the machine screw holding the filter in place. The engine is no beauty, most engines aren’t which is why manufacturers put a plastic merkin over the mess of wires and tubing festooning a lot of ICE engines.

        • 0 avatar
          SunnyvaleCA

          I have a 987 Cayman S, and, like Chckrs, have had little problem with it. The only repairs that weren’t at a regularly scheduled (10,000 mile) oil change intervals were an air-to-oil separator and a do-it-yourself battery replacement. Cayman and Boxster remain BY FAR the lowest-cost and lowest maintenance mid-engine cars you can buy (now that the Smart isn’t being sold!). Mine has now been a daily driver for 10 years. Hmm… probably should get another battery.

          I think that you’ll find that the new 911s are pretty reliable and have modest maintenance costs for what they are.

          The only important question (to me): Is this car going to have a manual transmission option in the USA?

    • 0 avatar
      Jacob

      I understand your concern, but the folks who are dropping six figure long quantities of cash on these vehicles are not concerned with changing oil or spark plugs on a weekend in their garage.

  • avatar
    SixspeedSi

    I dig it. Looks like a nice update to an already great vehicle. I think the back will take some time getting used to, but I like how it is at least different from prior model.

    The real story isn’t so much with this debut, but when they decide to show off how they hybridized the 911.

  • avatar
    NeilM

    Man, the ignorant comments just keep on coming. I’m not a P-car guy but even I know better than some of you.

    First, as the article says, this is a rear engined 911, meaning that the engine is behind the rear axle line. When you open the engine compartment hatch the accessory belt is right there. Probably easier to change than on most cars. I’d expect the spark plugs to be changed from under the car, but plugs are 100K mile replacement items here in the 21st century.

    Second, it’s not a slush box. As the article also says, the PDK is a dual clutch automated manual with paddle shift. Porsche invented the dual-clutch transmission back in the 1980’s, and their’s works about flawlessly.

    However chuckrs, who clearly does know what he’s talking about, also gets triple internet bonus points for use of the word ‘merkin’.

    • 0 avatar
      Morea

      “Porsche invented the dual-clutch transmission back in the 1980’s,”

      Nope. Generally credited to Automotive Products Company, Inc in the UK (now AP Racing). See patent GB2101243.

      Porsche may have had the first mass produced commercial application but the claim that they invented it is incorrect.

  • avatar
    NeilM

    If you really want to criticize this 911, reflect on how quickly the price can get to $150K if you get a bit frisky when checking the options boxes.

    • 0 avatar
      Jacob

      .. or Porsche’s long history of critical drive-train failures in 911, Boxster, 944, etc.

      • 0 avatar
        Grahambo

        Don’t tar the 944 with that brush. Keep up with the timing belt maintenance schedule on the base 944 and it’s exceedingly durable and reliable. Daresay that I-4 is the most durable and long lasting Porsche engine ever built. 951s and S/S2s introduced more complexity and things to go wrong, but still nothing like the critical drive train failures you reference which have been seen in modern 911s (at least 996s and early 997s) and Boxsters/Caymans (986s and early 987s).

  • avatar
    ToddAtlasF1

    I guess we finally found someone who admires the black plastic grills on the corners of new Honda Civic hatchbacks. Too bad it is someone calling the shots at Porsche.

  • avatar
    CRConrad

    Dang, how much better it looks in blue than in silver. Am I the only one who is (becoming) absolutely allergic to silver-coloured cars?


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