Porsche introduced the all-new eighth-generation 2020 911 at the Los Angeles auto show back in November of last year, but the Coupe we all saw was in Carrera S trim, as was the 2020 Carrera S Cabriolet that arrived in January. Now, just ahead of Carrera S production versions arriving this fall, Porsche has just released images and info about the all-new 2020 911 Carrera, albeit without the S.
While the S will hit the road with 443 horsepower and 390 lb-ft of torque, resulting in a 3.7-second sprint from standstill to 100km/h for the C2S and 3.6 seconds for the C4S, or 3.5 and 3.4 seconds respectively with their Sport Chrono Packages added, the new base Carrera utilizes the same 3.0-litre horizontally opposed twin-turbocharged six-cylinder engine, albeit incorporating a different set of turbos for a more modest yet still robust 379 horsepower and 331 lb-ft of torque (9 horsepower more than the outgoing 2019 model) resulting in a zero to 100km/h time of 4.2 seconds, or 4.0 seconds with its Sport Chrono Package, which is very respectable for this new base model after factoring in the outgoing 2019 911 Carrera is capable of just 4.6 or 4.2 seconds respectively.
Note, the new 911 Carrera will solely be available with the brand’s new eight-speed dual-clutch PDK gearbox at launch, this quick-shifting transmission adding one additional gear over the outgoing automatic. The new PDK was originally announced with the Carrera S, which also won’t see its seven-speed manual arrive until later in the model year.
The new Carrera Coupe has a lofty top speed of 293 km/h, and impressively the new Cabriolet slots in just below at 291 km/h. The convertible model’s near coupe-like terminal velocity is achievable because of magnesium surface elements named “bows” that are integrated within the redesigned fabric roof’s structure to prevent “ballooning” at high speeds.
What’s more, that soft top, which is now larger to fit over a more accommodating cabin, can open and close while drive at speeds of up to 50 km/h, and only takes 12 seconds to perform this function thanks to updated hydraulics. The opening process also powers an electrically extendable wind deflector, which minimizes air gusts.
Under that top, the new two 911 Carreras receive a completely revised interior with a large 10.9-inch high-resolution touchscreen display, while new driving technology includes Porsche’s exclusive Wet Mode that provides greater control on wet road surfaces for improved safety.
While all of the items just mentioned are also standard with the Carrera S, the new base model will receive smaller 19-inch wheels on 235/40 ZR tires up front and 20-inch alloys shod in 295/35 ZR rubber in the rear. Additionally, its 330-millimetre brake discs are smaller than found on the more potent Carrera S too, these clamped down on via black four-piston monobloc fixed calipers, whereas the exhaust system gets unique individual tailpipe covers.
Transport Canada fuel economy figures won’t be available for some time, but Porsche claims 9.0 L/100km city/highway combined for the Coupe and 9.2 for the Cabriolet on the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC).
Canadian pricing has been announced, however, with the new 2020 Carrera Coupe now available from $111,000, and the Cabriolet from $125,600.
The new 2020 911 Carrera Coupe and Cabriolet can now be ordered from Porsche Centre Vancouver, with deliveries expected for early next year, while all-wheel drive versions will be available soon. To find out more, give us a call at (604) 736-7911 or drop by our showroom in person at 688 Terminal Ave, Vancouver.
And while you’re waiting for your car to arrive, make sure to check out the short video below:
The new 911 Carrera Coupé and 911 Carrera Cabriolet. (1:00):
Story credits: Trevor Hofmann
Photo credits: Porsche
Date Posted: July 31, 2019