Greater ease of driving, more technological equipment, less CO² emissions: the 2020 Porsche 911 Carrera S aims at a laudable specification but very discreet on the desires of sportiness. So let’s reassure ourselves at the wheel of the 2020 Porsche 911 Carrera S, already 450 hp.
It’s always the same cinema, when comes a new generation of Porsche 911. On stage, it is said that this is the most accomplished; in the room, we repeat that it was better before. The 2020 Porsche 911 Carrera S does not escape the rule and cash on forums and social networks, its share of criticism since its revelation in December. His supposed crime? Drag a callipyge stern, and an electric shaver box control (or USB key, depending on the age of the grumpy).
Very little, then, compared to the revolutions risked by the predecessors: the arrival of the turbos on the 991 CaCarrera,ater cooling on the 996, transmissions integral and Tiptronic on the 964 and so on, in the machine to go up the time and 911 generations. For this 2020 Porsche 911 Carrera S 992, the real bronca will probably come to restyling, when its new platform, already “electro-compatible”, will host batteries to support its six-cylinder flat. But one thing at a time.
Redesign & Improvement – More Powerful and Heavier
Facing us, the 911 Carrera S the most colossal in history: 4.52 m long, 1.85 m wide (joining the 4S, usually more shouldered) and a template that would make the first 911 for a Porsche pedal. That weighed down the 992 by 55 kg compared to the 991, the dimensions and equipment up smoothing the efforts of engineers: in itself, the hull is 12 kg lighter than the previous thanks to the sides of the body. aluminum.
Naturally, this overweight does not affect the performance because this eighth grind again pushes the power slider: 450 hp for this 911 Carrera S, or 20 additional units or the exact value of the old Carrera GTS. The 3.0 biturbo is evolving new injectors, new turbos, enlarged heat exchangers, new particle filter exhaust, and comes automatically with a robotized double clutch gearbox and eight reports, inspired by the august Panamera.
Borrowings from the Panamera are also increasing and transform the 911 into unexpected rolling laboratory: central touch screen of 10.9 ”, duo display 7 ” framing the rev counter (only to remain analog!), night vision system, adaptive cruise control to stop, adaptive matrix LED lights. But our iconic coupe retains the exclusivity of new equipment: its mode of driving Wet.
Once switched on manually, or after a message on the dashboard sent by rain sensors in the wheel arches!, This driving mode adapts everything from floor to ceiling: response to the accelerator, box management, steering of the rear wing, anti-slip and ABS laws.
Their goal ? Eradicate the slightest bit of drift, even if the clumsy driver sends the 530 Nm of torque, wheeled, in a soggy pin. Tested, approved: it works, smoothly, and makes almost futile the existence of the Carrera 4S, 60 kg heavier and € 7,900 more expensive. But let’s hope that the 911 is dancing something other than techno-parade
2020 Porsche 911 Carrera S Interior
The new technophile trend of the 911 is noticeable in the approach phase: from a pressure on the remote control opening doors (or without doing anything with the option hands-free key), the new flush handles unfold like by magic. But once aboard, curiously, the cabin exudes a deliciously retro fragrance: tulip shuttlecock, horizontal design, elegant buttons singing switches. And five counters – including four virtual ones – kept in an ovoid block way 964.
The Head Unit screen of 10.9 inches brings together almost all the orders, a big cleaning having been done on the central console: goodbye forest of buttons, hello to the switches to manage the ventilation and two customizable functions, of its favorite destination the activation of the sport exhaust (damage that no indicator clearly indicates its position on the meter or on the console).
On a daily basis, the former owners of 911 will have to get used to the new GPS-multimedia interface (quite intuitive but very well provided while driving), with the disappearance of the extractable cup holder for the driver (there remains the passenger’s one) and door bins without tilting function. Accreditation progresses, however, thanks to the arrival of open storage on the console and an expanded pocket under the armrest. It may be a detail for you, but the 991 was fishing on both counts.
Let’s close the chapter A to live by evoking the rear seats, difficult to use beyond 1m40 but which have the merit of existing, in a segment exclusively composed of a coupe with two places ( see competition on the following page ). Folded backs, space turns into extra volume in the small front trunk, announced at 132 l, 13 l less than before
On The Road
If there were rolling noise present from 100 km/h, the 2020 Porsche 911 Carrera S could complex his big sister Panamera: the sweet box 8 purrs the engine at 1,800 rpm at 130 km/h, the flat-6 can barely be heard in idle and the piloted suspension erases the backs-d’an better than some minivans diesel. The 911 reminds us here to be perfectly usable everyday … before reassuring drivers in need of sensations.
After 2,500 rpm, the 3.0 biturbo seems to take an electric shock, incrust the passengers in their seat and does not relieve them under any circumstances: the excellent traction never wakes the traction control on dry ground, and the speed of the box 8 annihilates any break of load at the rise of reports ( see video on the last page ). Whatever the pace, the sound becomes more absorbing and gradually clears the voice to the top, located at 7,500 rpm.
An unusual regime for a two-turbocharged engine, which never agree: zero hiss at low speed or deceleration, no artificial cracklings so appreciated by rivals. On the same principle, the eight-speed gearbox loses its jolt at the rise of reports in Sport + mode because according to Porsche, ” we prefer to be fast rather than to give the impression “. An absence of swagger which also concerns the road behavior
Indeed, in 2020 Porsche 911 Carrera S type 992, it is useless to anticipate an instability when braking, or a derobement of the rear axle under heavy load: frank acceleration, lifting of foot, steering wheel, nothing destabilizes the 911 in support, which picks up instead of ” nose “if you do not keep the brakes entering turns, or if you re-accelerate too early output.
Paradoxically, efficiency does not suffer in the pins because beyond a more direct direction, the 911 renews its four-wheel steering option. Less caricatured than those of a Mercedes-AMG GT, the rear wheels turn just enough to contain the understeer at low speeds and prevent the driver to leave his driving manual.