The 911 series has become an iconic Porsche lineage throughout the years since the first model hit the spotlight in 1963 to start what would be an automobile dynasty.
Now more than five decades later, the series continues to move from strength to strength, welcoming a new relative to the ever-growing family. The 911 clan is currently set to introduce the 2020 Porsche 911 Carrera which takes its place at the table as a member of the new eighth-generation lineup dubbed the “992”. Here’s what you can expect with the new Porsche model:
A classic look
If there’s a part of an automobile that the giant carmaker has been reluctant to experiment with, it’s the beetle-like and curvy outlook that has defined the brand for so many years. The new 911 is set to follow in the footsteps of its predecessors adopting a sleek and glossy architecture culminating in a customary two-door design with a retractable fabric rooftop.
According to the company, you can raise or low the top in about 12 seconds, even while cruising at high speeds. A robust rear glass window completes the presentation, preceding a chubby end with the imprint “Carrera” accented by a red LED strip that quite literally brightens the exterior and has become somewhat of a styling signature for present-age 911 Porsches.
For the interior, a clean-cut leather underlying is the prevailing theme punctuated by a minimalist dashboard that adopts a darker tone form the rest of silvery hued interior. An ergonomic steering wheel subtly rises out from the panel, offering a touch of old-school controls behind it.
Beyond the inside and onto the outside, the 21 and 20 inch rear and front wheels respectively ensure good grip and control across various kinds of surfaces. Coupled with the Carrera’s broad base which provides sufficient legroom for both driver and passenger, this 911 looks to be a joy for extended trips; something you’d hardly say of any sports car.
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The new drop-top aside, you can also look forward to an adept PASM (Porsche Active Suspension Management) which makes its maiden debut on a Carrera S. This futuristic suspension system ensures reduced ride height going beyond, or rather lower than, the industry standards by about ten millimeters. What that means is that we can expect commendable handling prowess from the new sports car.
Further claims by the company suggest an acceleration of 60 miles per hour in just under 4 seconds with top speed ranging to a maximum of 190 mph. The two-wheel-drive Carrera is set to incorporate a manual gearbox later on after its release, but the initial dual-clutch PDK transmission remains the default system availing eight-speed variations. In terms of engine specifications, a 3.0 liter, twin-turbo engine has been mooted ensuring horsepower in the region of 443 hp.
Availed at the Los Angeles Auto Show, anticipation and expectation is almost reaching fever pitch for the 2020 911 Carrera. However, we’ll have to do a few more weeks of waiting, with the Carrera set to remain behind the manufacturer’s doors awaiting release at some point around the end of summer.
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