Porsche turns attention to 911 entry-level Carreras

New 2020 models powered by 379-hp twin-turbo 3.0-litre boxer 6-cylinder

Published: July 30, 2019, 5:30 PM
Updated: November 21, 2021, 2:52 PM

2020 Porsche 911 Carrera

As is usually customary, Porsche doesn’t introduce all a model’s bodystyles in one launch, and for the 911 introduced last fall at the Los Angeles Auto Show with the Carrera S and 4S, it’s now the turn of the Carrera and Carrera Cabriolet to step into the limelight.

Like their fraternal twins (the only visual difference are dual tailpipes versus the S/4S quad pipes) , the new 2020 models are powered by the twin-turbo 3.0-litre horizontally-opposed 6-cylinder, which in Carrera designation makes 379 hp and 331 lb-ft of torque, paired to the 8-speed PDK dual-clutch automatic. It does zero to 100 km/h in about four seconds. (0.2 seconds slower for the drop-top) and can reach a top speed of 293 km/h (290 for the Cabriolet). Stopping is handled by 13-inch rotors front and rear (optionable up to ceramic composites).

Also like the S and 4S, the new models are fitted with Porsche’s PASM active suspension, the electronic variable damping system controlled by the driver (between Normal and Sport), while riding on on19-inch front wheels (shod with 235/40 ZR tires) and 20-inch rears (295/35 ZR). The wheels can be optioned up to the 20/21 combination used on the S and 4S.

The interior is identical to those of the previously-introduced cars, including the new seats, prominent tach in the middle of the instrument cluster, and Porsche Communication Management system with 10.9-inch touchscreen.

The new models are available to order now, with deliveries expected early in 2020. Carrera 4 (all-wheel drive) models are expected to be the next up, announced later in 2020.