Porsche’s legendary 911 line-up got two new additions for 2020: the Carrera and Carrera Cabriolet. The new models come on the heels of the debuts of the 911 Carrera S and 4S models.
Of course, the new models are powered the twin-turbo 3.0-liter flat six engine that is fitted with model-specific turbochargers. The result is 379 horsepower and 331 pound-feet of torque. The powerplant is mated to an 8-speed PDK (Porsche Doppelkupplung) transmission, and the pair push the 2020 911 Carrera from 0 to 60 mph in just 4 seconds.
However, with a few tweaks, the performance improves. Adding the optional Sport Chrono Package, drops that sprint to 3.8 seconds. The 2020 911 Carrera Cabriolet isn’t far behind, reaching 60 mph from standstill in just 4.2 seconds, and in 4 seconds flat when equipped with the optional Sport Chrono Package.
The top track speed for the 911 Carrera is 182 mph while the Cabriolet tops out at 180 mph — plenty of wind through the driver’s hair. Both new models come equipped with the Porsche Active Suspension Management system, or PASM, and the electronically variable damping system has two selectable modes, “Normal” and “Sport.”
Adding to the ride and handling of the newest members of the 911 family are wheels with staggaered diameter. They measure 19 inches at the front and 20 inches at the rear, and are
fitted with 235/40 ZR 19 and 295/35 ZR 20 tires, respectively. Buyers can also go larger with a staggered 20/21-inch diameter (standard on 911 Carrera S and 4S models) option.
The standard internally ventilated and perforated grey cast-iron brake rotors on the 2020 911 Carrera models measure 13 inches front and rear and feature black four-piston calipers. Porsche Ceramic Composite Brake (PCCB) can be ordered as an extra, the company noted.
The new models also come standard with Wet Mode, which can detect water on roads and adjusts the stability control and anti-lock brakes to perform better in those conditions — and do so at the push of a button.
Like most 911 models, the new Carrera and Carrera Cabriolet are evolutions of their predecessors and siblings. They borrow from the S variants in some areas, such as the clearly defined fender arches and front luggage compartment lid with a recess reminiscent of classic 911 models, as well as the full-width LED light strip stretching across the rear.
In fact, the only real exterior difference between them are the exhaust openings in the rear fascia. To differentiate between the engine variants, the standard 911 Carrera models feature one rectangular, single-tube tailpipe on each side, while the S models are fitted with a set of round twin-tailpipes on each side. The optional Sport Exhaust system distinguished by two oval tailpipes can be ordered for all models.
Similar on the outside and almost identical on the inside to the previously introduced S models, they use the same re-designed seats, the traditional centrally positioned tachometer, and the new Porsche Communication Management system with a 10.9-inch touch screen and improved connectivity.
The good news is that the 2020 911 Carrera and 911 Carrera Cabriolet are available to order now and are expected to reach U.S. dealers in early 2020. The MSRP for the 911 Carrera is $97,400, while the 911 Carrera Cabriolet retails for $110,200 – both not including the $1,350 delivery, processing and handling fee. The all-wheel drive versions of these models will be announced soon.