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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, 10:30 PM
Updated: August 5, 2019, 2:21 AM

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.

2020 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet

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).

2020 Porsche 911 Carrera

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.

2020 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet

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.