By on April 28, 2020

A laundry list of options from the Porsche 911 Turbo S have trickled down to the rest of the 992 Series, plus a few new inclusions aimed at making daily commutes more livable.

The biggest get has to be the expanded availability of the seven-speed manual, but that’s thus far reserved for European customers who still prefer be-clutched vehicles in greater numbers than we do. Still, don’t panic just yet. Porsche hinted in the past that the U.S.-spec Carrera S and 4S models would also be made available with manual options later on.

If it works out like it’s supposed to in Europe, optioning your prospective 911 with the Sport Chrono package opens it up to the no-cost option of choosing either the PDK dual-clutch or seven-speed stick. You’ll also get the associated track goodies, plus a new tire temperature display and some updated ambient lighting options. 

Also new is the InnoDrive and Smartlift features, announced on Monday and available on any 911 equipped with a PDK. InnoDrive basically meshes with the car’s adaptive cruise control to estimate curvature and elevation changes, allowing it to adjust speed for the road ahead. This isn’t self-driving by any means, but it gets the 911 a half-step closer by baking in automatic emergency braking and traffic jam assist. It’s also supposed to have higher limits — existing as a sporty alternative with multiple modes to the basic adaptive system.

Still, the system seems more at home on a Panamera or Cayenne than the brand’s most iconic driver’s car. While low-speed crawling and adaptive cruise control are desirable inclusions, who wants to hustle their 911 around corners with a computer calling most of the shots?

Smartlift seems more desirable, even if it’s similarly unnecessary. Instead of having to manually lift the front suspension (with a button, the horror) of the 911 to get over bumps, the feature works with GPS to map out every place you’ve done so previously. It then uses that data to predict when you’ll need some extra height to avoid pulling your own bumper off when exiting the office parking lot.

Sound good? Thank Porsche, because it’s now standard on all PDK-equipped 911s with the lift system. Hate it because it’s another reminder that your positional data is nobody else’s business? Again, thank Porsche.

Other new niceties include some quilted leather options that used to be Turbo S exclusives. Performance lunatics will also be able to add that car’s lightweight glass option (saving a whole 8 pounds). That’s in addition to some very minor changes across the entire lineup. Obviously, the Carrera S and 4S are getting the best of what used to be limited upper-echelon 911s. What Porsche is really doing is just expanding the already extensive list of options that help it make a mint on every vehicle purchased.

Pricing starts at $113,300 (plus delivery) for a bare-bones Carrera S missing any and all features we’ve listed. However, you can still theoretically procure a 911 for under six figures if the dealer owes a favor and you feel you’ll be happy with 379 horsepower (Carrera S comes with 443 hp). You also won’t be able to select any options on that car. Still, if you’re in a situation where you’re having to compromise significantly on your Porsche, maybe you should be shopping elsewhere.

[Images: Porsche]

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10 Comments on “2021 Porsche 911 Adds Options, Expands Stick Shift Availability...”

  • avatar

    I guess in the US its only the peasants that dig a manual?

  • avatar

    I’d much rather have a mildly juiced car with a manual than a fast one with an auto.

    Driving around with 230 hp for the last 10 years in a car with a manual and getting to ring all the power out of it is kinda fun. When you want to drive pissed off, it’s perfect. The times when I’ve been in a rental or on a test drive with a more powerful car that had and an auto had me wanting to get back to mine.

    The only exception to this was driving an XJ with the V8. Those are sweet.

  • avatar

    Kinda weird.
    When I was a young engineer at GM, i lusted after 911s but couldnt afford one. Now, 30 years later, I could afford a nice 911 but have no interest in buying one. I know they are great cars, but i m thinking of buying a nice center console instead.

    • 0 avatar

      They used to be _practically_ faster than minivans. Not just on spec sheets, in buff book tests and in Youtube videos around foreign language Burgerkings. Back then, performance of all cars, were sufficiently lower, that you got some real speed benefit by working and sacrificing interior space for it. Now, every car this side of a Kei, is too fast and too competent at even law breaking speeds. So it doesn’t really matter, in any practical sense, whether you drive a Bugatti or a diesel dually with a 5th wheel in tow.

      The Miata is at least less pointlessly, to the extent of being boring, overfast. Ditto mid-sporty hatches like the GTI and Civic Si (but not the R).

      But Porsches, even the entry level Boxster, are all too fast and competent for 99% of the driving people do. Which is why Porsche’s main competitor is increasingly restorations of older versions of itself, from back when they were less fast, but more fun.

  • avatar

    What’s the point in putting Reverse and 7th gear in different lines? It would make infinitely more sense to put reverse below 7th.

    • 0 avatar

      How does Porsche discourage unintended shifts into reverse? With reverse below seventh, I could see someone, whose sole qualification to drive the car is a fat wallet, absentmindedly trying for eighth.

      A long time ago, some 5-speeds had first down and to the left. Second through fifth were arranged in the H pattern. First was a granny gear intended only to get moving. Second through fifth were the driving gears.

  • avatar

    That green is absolutely phenomenal

    • 0 avatar
      Art Vandelay

      Agreed…and it has looked great on every Porsche since the 70’s 911 that hung on my wall as a kid. Jack Baruth had his Audi built in that color and it looked phenomenal. I will own something in that color one day, but probably an NA Miata or something.

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