2018 LA Auto Show: Porsche unveils 8th-generation 911 (992) Carrera S and Carrera 4S

Article by Christian A., on November 28, 2018

Porsche has finally unveiled the eight generation of its iconic sports car on the eve of the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show. The Porsche 911 enters the 992 generation with two all-new offerings for the 2020 model year. More powerful and more dynamic than before, the new 2020 Porsche 911 Carrera S and 911 Carrera 4S make use of the formula that made the 911 an icon, making them a true 911.

Outside, the new 2020 911 Carrera S and 911 Carrera 4S are easily identifiable as Porsche models; after all the Porsche design DNA is timeless. Moreover, the exterior of the new 911 Carrera S and 911 Carrera 4S now look more muscular than before. This is made possible by its wider wheel housings that accommodate 20-inch front wheels and 21-inch rear wheels.

Compared to their predecessors, the all-new 2020 Porsche 911 Carrera S and 911 Carrera 4S are wider on the front by 45 mm (1.77 inches) as well as on the rear to 1,852 mm (72.91 in), making them as wide as the previous 911 Carrera 4 and 911 GTS models. Interestingly, the entire outer skin is now made from aluminum, except from front and rear fascias.

Up front, the front luggage compartment lid – located between the new LED headlights – now features pronounced contours similar to the design of the first 911 generations. On the sides, the 911 Carrera S and 911 Carrera 4S have electric door handles that sit flush, only extending outward. The rear end of the these eighth generation 911 models feature wider, variable-position rear spoiler as well as a seamless, elegant light bar.

Inside, the new 2020 Porsche 911 Carrera S and 911 Carrera 4S boast of a completely new interior marked by the clear, straight lines of the dashboard with recessed instruments – as inspired by 911 models of the 1970s. It is just the eight-gen 911 Carrera models are more modern, featuring two thin, frameless, free-form displays flanking the tachometer. Just below the 10.9-inch touchscreen of the Porsche Communication Management (PCM) is a compact switch panel with five buttons offering direct access to key vehicle functions. The interior can be availed with an optional Adaptive 18-way Sport Seats Plus with improved lateral support.

Both the new 2020 Porsche 911 Carrera S and 911 Carrera 4S are more powerful than their predecessors. They are powered by turbocharged flat-six engine that delivers 443 hp of motive power, or around 23 hp more powerful than before. This power is sent to the rear wheels of the 911 Carrera S and to all wheels of the 911 Carrera 4S via an 8-speed PDK dual clutch transmission as standard. This allows the 911 Carrera S and 911 Carrera 4S to accelerate from zero to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds and 3.4 seconds, respectively – or 0.4 seconds quicker than their predecessors. A manual gearbox could be availed but a later date.

If the optional Sport Chrono Package is availed, the sprint times of the Porsche 911 Carrera S and 911 Carrera 4S drop to 3.3 seconds and 3.2 seconds, respectively. The 911 Carrera S can go as fast as 191 mph while the 911 Carrera 4S can cruise up to 190 mph.

Interested customers could now order the new 2020 Porsche 911 Carrera S for a base MSRP of $113,200, or the 2020 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S for starting MSRP of $120,600. MSRP excludes $1,050 in delivery, processing and handling fee. Both models are expected to arrive in the United States in Summer 2019.

Press Release

THE NEW 2020 PORSCHE 911 CARRERA S AND 4S – MORE POWERFUL, MORE DYNAMIC, UNMISTAKABLY A 911

Faster, more emotional, and more connected – the eighth generation of the Porsche 911 is here. On the eve of the Los Angeles Auto Show, the new 911 celebrated its world premiere at the Porsche Experience Center Los Angeles. With an exterior that unmistakably reflects the Porsche design DNA, a more muscular look, and a completely new interior layout, the new 911 is both timeless and modern. The next generation of flat-six turbocharged engines has been further developed to be more powerful than ever before, delivering 443 horsepower in the S models. Using an improved injection process, as well as a new layout for the turbochargers and intercoolers, the efficiency of the engine has been further optimized. Power is delivered by a new eight-speed, dual-clutch transmission. New assistance systems such as the standard Porsche Wet Mode for increased driver awareness on wet roads, and the optional Night Vision Assist with a thermal imaging camera, are part of the broadened array of available active driver assistance features. The new Porsche Communication Management (PCM) with a larger 10.9-inch touchscreen display (up from 7.0 inches in the previous car) and comprehensive connectivity, optional Adaptive 18-way Sport Seats Plus with improved lateral support, re-tuned PASM dampers, and extended digital features all ensure greater comfort and everyday usability.

911 Carrera S models with 443 horsepower
The turbocharged flat-six engine of the 911 Carrera S and 911 Carrera 4S now produces 443 horsepower. This corresponds to an increase of 23 horsepower compared with the previous model. Equipped with the 8-speed PDK dual clutch transmission as standard, the rear-wheel-drive 911 Carrera S Coupe needs just 3.5 seconds to reach 60 miles per hour from standstill, and the 911 Carrera 4S Coupe with all-wheel drive takes only 3.4 seconds. This makes both cars 0.4 seconds faster than the previous model in each case. This advantage is increased by a further 0.2 seconds with the optional Sport Chrono Package, to 3.3 seconds for the Carrera S and 3.2 seconds for the Carrera 4S. The top track speeds are now 191 miles per hour (911 Carrera S) and 190 miles per hour for the all-wheel-drive version. A manual transmission will be offered at a later date.

Clear design language, unmistakable identity
The exterior design has been revamped and underlines the leap in performance of the new Porsche 911. Significantly wider wheel housings arch over large 20-inch front wheels and 21-inch rear wheels. At the front, the body width has increased by 45 millimeters (1.77 inches), making room for a wider front track. Correspondingly, the rear body width on both 911 Carrera S and 911 Carrera 4S has increased to 1,852 mm (72.91 in), the width of the previous 911 Carrera 4 and 911 GTS models. Flush integration of the electric door handles that extend outward when needed emphasizes the tapered and smooth side contour. Between the new LED headlights, the front luggage compartment lid with pronounced contours evokes the design of the first 911 generations. The rear is dominated by the significantly wider, variable-position rear spoiler and the seamless, elegant light bar which is now a feature on both two- and four-wheel drive variants. With the exception of the front and rear fasciae, the entire outer skin is now made of aluminum.

The completely new interior is characterized by the clear and straight lines of the dashboard with recessed instruments. Porsche 911 models from the 1970s provided the inspiration here. Left and right of the centrally positioned tachometer, which is characteristic for Porsche, two thin, frameless, free-form displays provide the driver with information. The PCM can be operated quickly and intuitively thanks to the new architecture. Located underneath the screen, a compact switch panel with five buttons provides direct access to key vehicle functions. In terms of digitalization, the 911 is more connected than ever before thanks to new functions and services. The standard PCM system features Porsche Connect Plus including online traffic information based on swarm data. (A subscription is required after an initial 12-month trial period.)

*The availability of Porsche Connect services is dependent on the availability of wireless network coverage which may not be available in all areas, and may be subject to eventual technology sun-set or deactivation, thus nullifying services. The vehicle equipment necessary to use Porsche Connect is only available factory-installed, and cannot be retrofitted. Likewise, the vehicle equipment may not work with future mobile networks yet to be deployed. Some functions may require separate subscriptions, or data charges may apply.

New assistance systems increase safety and comfort
As a world first, Porsche has developed the Wet Mode, which is included as standard equipment on the new Porsche 911. This function detects water on the road, preconditions the stability control and anti-lock brake systems accordingly, and warns the driver. A camera-based warning and brake assist system, also fitted as standard, detects the risk of collision with moving objects and initiates emergency braking if necessary. Night Vision Assist with a thermal imaging camera is optionally available for the 911 for the first time. The Adaptive Cruise Control option includes automatic distance control, stop-and-go functionality, and an innovative Emergency Assist function.

The 2020 911 Carrera S has a base MSRP of $113,200, while the 2020 911 Carrera 4S will be offered starting at $120,600, each not including the $1,050 delivery, processing and handling fee. The models can be ordered now and are expected to reach U.S. dealers in summer 2019.

Source: Porsche

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