The 2020 Porsche Cabriolet Carrera S and 4S

In January, Porsche unveiled the 2020 Porsche 911.  Here is the 2020 Porsche 911 Cabriolet

Over 50 years in continuous production, car fans finally received a taste of what the next generation Porsche 911 would look like when it was released at the Los Angeles Auto Show just a few short weeks ago. 

We just received another tasty morsel of what to expect of the next generation Porsche 911.The next generation Porsche 911, known internally as the 992 offers several improvements over the outgoing generation of the 911. 

The highlights of improvements over the previous generation include a more powerful engine and drivetrain for the 911 as well as a new sport suspension system, and a wider body adopted from the previous generation Carrera 4 and GTS.

Improvements unique to the cabriolet include a solid glass window and integrated magnesium support elements.  The latter enhancements enable the automatic fabric top to open or close in 12 seconds at speeds of up to 31 miles per hour. 

Porsche 911 engine and drivetrain improvements
The 3.0 liter twin-turbo boxer engine now produces 443 horsepower, an improvement of 23 horsepower over the current generation 911.  This is largely the result of larger turbochargers and new fuel injectors.Upgrades extend to the drivetrain as well, specifically the 8-speed PDF dual clutch transmission, which is standard. 

The combination of the upgraded engine and transmission enable the Cabriolet to rocket from 0 to 60 miles per hour in just 3.7 seconds.  The all-wheel drive cabriolet, the 4S needs just 3.6 seconds  and can accelerate to a top speed of 188 miles per hour.  The rear-wheel drive 911 tops out at 190 miles per hour.  With the Sports Chrono package, this acceleration performance drops 0.2 seconds to enable acceleration of 3.4 seconds for the 4S cabriolet and 3.5 seconds for the rear-wheel drive cabriolet.

Suspension improvements
Also new in the next generation 911 is the PASM sports suspension which offers stiffer springs and sway bars compared to the current generation.  This results in an optionally available lower ride height that is 10mm lower than stock for the cabriolet.

Exterior and interior changes
In addition to the wider body over the current 911, the most identifiable update is the rear light bar and bigger wheels.  The rear fascia now incorporates a light bar similar to the current Porsche Panamera.  This is design language that first appeared on the Bugatti Chiron.   The thinner light bar results a much taller area between the rear bumper and the lights which in my case, took a little bit of getting used to. 

Wheels are now 20 inches up front and 21 inches in back which in my opinion gives the 911 a much more modern look over the current model.

More subtle improvements in the new 911 include recessed door handles and a new front hood scoop.  The door handles recess into the body of the 911 when not needed and extend automatically for entry.  This is similar to the door handles in use the Tesla S. The front hood is updated to incorporate design cues of the 911 from the 1970s. 

Also new is a body that is made completely of aluminum with the exception of the front end.Interior design changesInterior changes to the 911 include adaptive 18-way Sports Seats Plus offering improved driver support that is optionally available.  Digital upgrades are also made in the form of Adaptive Cruise Control with stop-and-go functionality and automatic distance control.  

As will most new cars nowadays, they always look better in person.  My reaction was mixed when I first pictures of the new 911.  However, seeing it before my eyes at the Los Angeles Auto Show prompted me to reconsider.  I look forward with anticipation to hearing about and seeing the next generation “Turbo” and Porsche 911 GT2 in the near future.


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