The Germans have revealed the new 2020 Porsche 911 internally known as the 922 – it’s grown both in size and stature, and of course with all the new tech the options list is now longer than ever…
Now that the Germans have officially revealed the latest Porsche 911 we can confirm with a mix of melancholy gloom and raging despair that the new 992 generation elfer features neither a rear swing axle nor a dash-mounted manual choke. But such are the times we live in when a man can’t even clean his tyres with Glycerine and talcum powder.
Unveiled the night before the Los Angeles motor show to the world’s press in a glitzy gala, the 992 is of course an evolution of the 991 that came before it, and will roll out first in Carrera S and Carrera 4S guise. Through numerous leaks and teases the design is no surprise, but the car has grown overall so it’s wider now meaning that staggered 20-inch and 21-inch wheels front and rear don’t look at all out of place.
And before you ask yes there will eventually be a manual transmission available but at the start before the range grown to include about 20 iterations of the 911, you will only get the eight-speed double-clutch transmission as standard equipment.
Utilising its 3.0-litre turbocharged flat-six engine, the new 992 gets a further development of the powertrain so that the 911 Carrera S makes 443 horsepower, which is 23 more than before. With rear-wheel drive the zero to 100km/h sprint takes 3.7 seconds, while the Carrera 4S bank on its all-wheel drive traction to reach 100km/h in 3.7 seconds. Compared to the previous 991 generation this makes both cars 0.4 seconds quicker. Add the optional Sport Chrono package to the mix and you further reduce the time by two-tenths.
When you look inside the new 911 you’ll notice some welcome influences from the past, such as the straightforward dash with horizontal lines, and the traditional five-pod instrument cluster. But with a new generation come new options, and Porsche will milk you dry with a list including night vision, thermal imaging, adaptive cruise control, and adaptive dampers. The new 10.9-inch touchscreen comes included at least.
For spotters, you can tell the car apart by those LED matrix lights, the ‘heritage’ shut line up front, the ‘heckblende’ rear lightbar which isn’t just a feature on all-wheel drive models any more, and those flush electronic handlebars.
Porsche has so far quoted a price in US dollars which equates to a starting price in the UAE from about AED415,000 for the 911 Carrera S and AED443,000 for the 911 Carrera 4S. Depending on how early you flash some cash, you can have your 992 generation Porsche 911 as early as next summer.