2020 Porsche 911 Carrera S

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2020 Porsche 911 Carrera S Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide


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Karan Harit Content Writer Updated on: November 28, 2019


Since the early 1960s, Porsche’s 911 series of speedsters have set the benchmark of what a true sports car need to achieve to earn their namesake. While most of the higher trims are born from the cusp of the Nurburgring, it is the Carrera that has always stood in the middle ground between performance and practicality. Like the fall of the Berlin Wall all those years ago, the 2020 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe breaks its historic limitations and borders, stepping forth into a new era that promises nothing but the best for it.

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Pros

Impeccable confidence-inspiring handling

Powerful engine that doesn’t sacrifice economy

Comfortable ride inside a premium quality interior

Cons

Infotainment system feels fussy

The new turbo lacks finesse

What's New?

Entirely new lineup for the Carrera coupe and cabriolet trims

Minor upgrades to the exterior

Completely redesigned interior


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$113000

bodystyle

2dr Coupe

passenger capacity

4

drivetrain

RWD

engine type

displacement

182 cu.in.

horsepower

443 hp @ 6500 rpm

torque

390 lbs.-ft. @ 2300 rpm

transmission

8 speed automated manual

chassis

frame type

Unibody

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

brake rotors (f/r)

62.5/61.2

dimensions

wheelbase

96.5 in.

length

177.9 in.

width

72.9 in.

height

51.2 in.

curb weight

3382 lbs.

capacity

cargo volume

4.6 cu ft.

payload capacity

994 lbs.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

18/20/24 mpg

ev range

304.2 mi.

highway range

405.6 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

powertrain warranty

4 yr. / 50000 mi.

corrosion warranty

12 yr. / unlimited

roadside assistance

4 yr./ 50000 mi.


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Exterior
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Interior
 2020 Porsche 911 Carrera S Front Seats  2020 Porsche 911 Carrera S Cockpit Area  2020 Porsche 911 Carrera S Center Console  2020 Porsche 911 Carrera S Cockpit Area  2020 Porsche 911 Carrera S Cockpit Area

Styles

 2020 Porsche 911 Carrera S in Agate Gray Metallic color  2020 Porsche 911 Carrera S in Black color  2020 Porsche 911 Carrera S in Carmine Red color  2020 Porsche 911 Carrera S in Carrara White Metallic color
Agate Gray Metallic

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Ratings

Features

9.0

Engine

9.9

Exterior

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Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2020 Porsche 911 Carrera S S

S

power
443hp @ 6500 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded
mpg
20 combined

$113,000


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
S 2dr Coupe (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $113,000 MSRP (18/20/24) 443hp @ 6500 rpm, 3L, flat 6, premium unleaded
8-speed automated manual rear wheel drive 4

 2020 Porsche 911 Carrera S 4S

4S

power
443hp @ 6500 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded
mpg
20 combined

$120,600


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
4S 2dr Coupe AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8AM) Starting at $120,600 MSRP (18/20/23) 443hp @ 6500 rpm, 3 L, flat 6, premium unleaded
8-speed automated manual all wheel drive 4

Expert Review

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The Carrera is the first in a long line of a new generation of 911s. Dubbed the 992, it marks the eighth generation of an automotive icon. The 992 Carrera is bigger, bolder, and more powerful than any of its predecessors. Everything on the car has been overhauled, which certainly shows a considerable difference on paper. The 2020 Porsche 911 Carrera is the proof that Porsche is willing to go any lengths to improve its most famed series. And it is not afraid to break tradition.

 

The car is not the perfect automobile specimen, but it is as close as you can get to one. It offers a wide range of exterior and interior customization, but there is only so much you can do with the Porsche. Any similarly priced Merc has the potential to feel more comfortable. In terms of performance, too, it is aced by its American competition that consists of Corvettes and Challengers. Still, as far as a balanced car is concerned, the Porsche 911 is way ahead of any Ferrari or McLaren.

2020 Porsche 911 Carrera S Coupe Front View
2020 Porsche 911 Carrera S Coupe Front View
2020 Porsche 911 Carrera S Coupe Rear View
2020 Porsche 911 Carrera S Coupe Rear View

9.0/10
Features

 

9.9/10
Engine

 
 
 

8.0/10
Exterior

 
 
 
 

2020 Porsche 911 Carrera S Features

9.0/10

The 2020 911 Carrera follows a whole new lineup for its 992 version. Both the Coupe and Cabriolet trims are available as the base and S trims. The base trim offers a new twin-turbocharged flat-six engine that now produces 370 hp and 331 lb-ft of torque. The S trims have a more powerful 443-horsepower engine. There is also the Carrera 4 that features AWD, with all other features remaining the same. The only extra options that you get on the S is a sport-tuned exhaust and a Burmester premium sound system. The rest of the car can be configured the same way, regardless of the trim level you choose.

Trim

Carrera Coupe

Carrera S Coupe

MSRP

$97,400

$113,200

Key Features

Twin-Turbo 3.0L Flat-Six Engine

Upgraded Twin-Turbo 3.0L Flat-Six Engine

 

379 horsepower

443 horsepower

 

331 lb-ft of torque

390 lb-ft of torque

 

8-Speed Dual-Clutch PDK Transmission

Sports Exhaust System

 

Porsche Active Suspension Management

821-Watt Burmester High-End Surround Sound System

 

150-Watt Bose Surround Sound System

 

What would we recommend?

Now that only the lowest trim level is something that you can get under $100K, it is wise to upgrade to the Carrera S which packs in much more power. The options list is also unrestricted, so you can have a build that suits your desire.

2020 Porsche 911 Carrera S Engine

9.9/10

With naturally aspirated engines out of the picture, the new turbocharged 3.0L flat-six offer more power, more than the Carrera has ever contained within its hood. It also harnesses that grunt pretty well through an 8-speed PDK transmission derived from the Panamera. A 7-speed manual is also available but if you really want more hands-on experience, you can always override the PDK. The shifts are faster as well, taking only 120 milliseconds for a gear change.

2020 Porsche 911 Carrera S Engine

Even though that may seem a lot for the casual eye, there are actually more powerful cars you can buy in this price range. Whereas the Porsche 911 is limited to 6 cylinders, its competitors are hauling massive V8s under the hood. That grants them more oomph with the Corvette ZR1 leading the charge with a whopping 755 hp and 715 lb-ft of torque.

Models

Porsche 911 Carrera S

Chevrolet Corvette ZR1

Mercedes-Benz AMG GT

Jaguar F-Type SVR

MSRP

$113,200

$120,900

$115,900

$123,600

Engine

3.0L Twin-Turbo Flat-Six

Supercharged 6.2L V8

4.0L Twin-Turbo V8

5.0L Supercharged V8

Transmission

8-Speed Dual-Clutch PDK Automatic

7-Speed Manual with Active Rev Matching

7-Speed AMG SpeedShift Automatic

8-Speed QuickShift ZF Automatic

Drive

RWD

RWD

RWD

AWD

Power output(hp)

443

755

469

575

Torque(lb-ft)

390

715

465

516

Acceleration

Even with its lack of power, the 2020 Porsche 911 Carrera is quite a rabbit. It can sprint through 60 mph from a standstill in 3 seconds flat. Only the mighty Corvette narrowly surpasses the Carrera S in a drag race, which is surprising considering it packs near twice as much power as the 911.

2020 Porsche 911 Carrera S 3rd Quarter View

It is due to its lighter chassis and a shorter driveshaft that the 911 Carrera S beats the more powerful behemoths of the automotive.

Model

Porsche 911 Carrera S

Chevrolet Corvette ZR1

Mercedes-Benz AMG GT

Jaguar F-Type SVR

0-60 mph

3.0 sec

2.8 sec

3.4 sec

3.2 sec

Quarter mile

11.3 sec @125 mph

11.0 sec @ 131 mph

11.5 sec @ 127 mph

11.5 sec @ 122 mph

Engine

3.0L Twin-Turbo Flat-Six

6.2L Supercharged V8

4.0L Twin-Turbo V8

5.0L Supercharged V8

Emissions(Tons/yr of CO2 at 15k mi/yr)

9.15

11.8

11.26

11.35

In fact, the 2020 Porsche 911 Carrera S measures up well to the McLaren 570S and the Ferrari 488 GTB. You also save a lot on EPA taxes since the emissions from the tiny engine are so low. It may very probably be the sports car that cares for polar ice caps so much.

Braking

The Porsche has made the 2020 911 Carrera lighter and fitted it with bigger brakes. So, there is no doubt its braking performance has improved from the last generation. The brakes are responsive as well. You feel an immediate stopping action as soon as you depress the pedal. And you’ll need it too since the 911 Carrera S is devoid of advanced driver aids like automated emergency braking and adaptive cruise control.

Porsche 911 Carrera S Brakes

Model

Porsche 911 Carrera S

Chevrolet Corvette ZR1

Mercedes-Benz AMG GT

Jaguar F-Type SVR

Front Brakes(in.)

13.8

14.6

14.2

15.0

Rear Brakes(in.)

13.8

14.4

14.2

14.8

Curb Weight(lbs)

3382

3560

3594

3759

60-0 mph(ft.)

140(from 70 mph)

97

100

109

Ride and Handling

The updated Porsche Stability Management(PSM) makes it easier to control the 2020 Porsche 911 Carrera S. It is good news for novice drivers who always thought of the 911 handling as a bit overwhelming at first. The PSM now adds in an optimized torque control that measures the turning force on the front and rear axles at every instant. Then there is the Wet Mode, which measures the moisture content beneath every tire and optimizes the traction of the rear wheels according to it. It makes the car handle just as good on a hydro capped road as on a crisp dry one.

2020 Porsche 911 Carrera S Handling

The interior is quite comfortable to sit in for long drives. There is little noise inside the cabin at lower speeds. Although, if you open up the throttle on an empty road, the sweet sounds of the engine and exhaust magnificently fill the cabin. The handling on the older 911s left little to be desired more out of, but the 992 Carrera exceeds it by spades. It is a whole 5 seconds faster on the Nurburgring than the 2019 Carrera S, feeling more composed and telepathic for the driver than any 911 before it.

2020 Porsche 911 Carrera S Fuel Economy

Having a tiny engine in a lightweight chassis does have its benefits. A reasonable fuel economy is one of them. The 992 Carrera S provides the best miles for the gallon this side of the 190 mph top speed mark. The 16.9-gallon fuel tank makes the Carrera the perfect hybrid between a weekend cruiser and a track racer.

Model

Porsche 911 Carrera S

Chevrolet Corvette ZR1

Mercedes-Benz AMG GT

Jaguar F-Type SVR

MPG(City)

20

13

16

16

MPG(Highway)

26

19

22

24

MPG(Combined)

23

15

18

20

2020 Porsche 911 Carrera S Interior

The interior receives a lot of premium upgrades, yet a few plasticky bits still persist around the console. In essence, you can get an interior that suits your heart’s content. The panels can be made of leather, wood, Alcantara or carbon fiber. Porsche can even swap the regular seats for sportier ones that have better bolsters. There is plenty of front room, although the rear seats are more of glorified storage shelves. The 992 Carrera seats the driver in a low slung position but with good overall visibility. You might find the use of the camera and parking sensors as a rare occasion at best.

2020 Porsche 911 Carrera S Interior

The climate control does its job well. The front seats come with multi-level heating and ventilation, with an extended cabin heating feature that comes handy in Alaskan climates. The new 911 Carrera comes with an air filtration system, very much similar to what you get in a Merc. It keeps the inside of the car smelling fresh with an aroma of your choice. The Sports Chrono package adds in a stopwatch on the center of the dashboard that can have any of the stylized racing color themes.

Model

Porsche 911 Carrera S

Chevrolet Corvette ZR1

Mercedes-Benz AMG GT

Jaguar F-Type SVR

Passenger Capacity

4

2

2

2

Weight Distribution(F/R)

39/61

51/49

47/53

49/51

Infotainment System

Porsche replaces the older 9.2-inch touchscreen with a new and improved 10.25-inch on the 2020 Porsche 911 Carrera. It has a much better interface, with large icons and pinch-and-zoom gesture support. The touch feels crisp and responsive as well. For the driver-side dash, two 7-inch TFT displays serve the purpose of the gauge cluster. They provide the driver with the necessary navigational data as well. Only the tachometer remains the only analog part of the dash. Many of the buttons on the console have also been replaced by touch-sensitive sensors, which give off a bit of vibration when turned on or off.

2020 Porsche 911 Carrera S Infotainment

The default sound system is a 150-Watt Bose audio system that supports surround sound that feels inferior to the previous Porsches. The 992 Carrera has an option to upgrade to a Burmester High-End audio system. This one has a subwoofer perfectly integrated into the body of the car. The system has 12 amplifier channels and 12 speakers, drawing a total of 821 Watts. The tweeters use ribbon-based Air Motion Transformers(AMT) for reproducing the optimal quality of sound, regardless of volume levels.

Infotainment Features

  • Bluetooth Connectivity
  • AUX Cable Input
  • 4G LTE Wi-Fi Hotspot
  • 2 USB Ports
  • 2 SD Card Slots
  • 12V Power Outlet
  • Remote Keyless Door Locks And Engine Start
  • On-Board Hard Drive
  • AM/FM/HD Radio
  • SiriusXM Satellite Radio(Complimentary for the first 3 months)

Cargo Volume

The 2020 Porsche 911 Carrera S falls short of providing a usable cargo space. Since the engine is in the back, there is a front trunk, or ‘frunk’, that can hold a maximum of 4.7 cubic feet of storage space. That is just big enough for a small backpack. Other cars within the Carrera’s price range offer much bigger trunks, with the Corvette having the largest one at a massive 15 cubic feet.

2020 Porsche 911 Carrera S Frunk

Small-item storage follows a different narrative. Several conveniently placed compartments can cater to all your storage needs. There is a dedicated smartphone stand on the center console, along with pockets to hold your sunglasses and wallets. The armrests can be opened up to store a few documents. The side pockets can hold a couple of medium-sized water bottles. Only one cupholder in the front, though.

Model

Porsche 911 Carrera S

Chevrolet Corvette ZR1

Mercedes-Benz AMG GT

Jaguar F-Type SVR

Storage Volume(ft.3)

4.7

15.0

10.1

10.9

2020 Porsche 911 Carrera S Coupe Steering Wheel
2020 Porsche 911 Carrera S Coupe Steering Wheel
2020 Porsche 911 Carrera S Coupe Dashboard
2020 Porsche 911 Carrera S Coupe Dashboard

2020 Porsche 911 Carrera S Exterior

8.0/10

Unlike the previous generation when the difference between the various 911s was apparent at a glance, the 2020 Porsche Carrera looks pretty much the same in all of its trims. Apart from subtle intake and fender details, there is not a whole lot that distinguishes the base Carrera from the S and 4S trims. Besides, it is not like it not beautiful. The new 911 Carrera has a lot more girth than previous versions. Porsche has gone for a wider and lower body profile that aids in giving the car sharper handling. Most of the upper body remains the same.

2020 Porsche 911 Carrera S Design

There are several exterior packages offered by Porsche that can give a bit more flair to your 992 Carrera S. These range from the color of the ‘Porsche’ logo to a carbon-fiber roof. There are a lot of options for decals for the outside of the car. The brake calipers can be painted in any of the gloss finishes. Shoppers can also choose which designation is given to the car at the rear. For 2020, there are no new color schemes added for the 911 Carrera lineup.

Model

Porsche 911 Carrera S

Chevrolet Corvette ZR1

Mercedes-Benz AMG GT

Jaguar F-Type SVR

Curb Weight(lbs.)

3382

3560

3594

3759

Length(in.)

177.9

179.8

179.0

176.2

Width(in.)

72.9

77.4

76.3

75.7

Height(in.)

51.2

48.5

50.7

51.6

Wheelbase(in.)

96.5

106.7

103.5

103.2

Track Width(in.) F/R

62.5/61.2

63.6/62.5

66.1/65.0

62.4/63.4

Even with the extended dimensions, the 2020 Porsche Carrera S comes off as a tiny car. It still follows the small 911-based wheelbase, though the larger track width improves its center of gravity. You can also opt for an optional 1.5-inch raise of the front nose so it is easier to go over those irritating bumps on the road without ruining the front fenders. Porsche still doesn’t offer the road presence of a Corvette or AMG GT, which can both be heard and seen from miles away.

2020 Porsche 911 Carrera S Coupe Badge
2020 Porsche 911 Carrera S Coupe Badge
2020 Porsche 911 Carrera S Coupe Headlight
2020 Porsche 911 Carrera S Coupe Headlight
2020 Porsche 911 Carrera S Coupe Rear View
2020 Porsche 911 Carrera S Coupe Rear View
2020 Porsche 911 Carrera S Coupe 3rd Quarter View
2020 Porsche 911 Carrera S Coupe 3rd Quarter View
2020 Porsche 911 Carrera S Coupe Side View
2020 Porsche 911 Carrera S Coupe Side View

2020 Porsche 911 Carrera S Safety

None of the Porsches belonging to the 92 series have been crash-tested by any federal authority and we are all the more thankful for it. Small-volume performance cars like the 2020 Porsche 911 Carrera don’t bother with crash performance. Nevertheless, the car has plenty of protection for all its occupants. The lightweight chassis has a lot of crumple zones which direct the kinetic energy during a crash away from the passengers. There are plenty of airbags to control the inertia and a pre-collision safety system that reduces the magnitude of the impact.

Porsche 911 Carrera S Safety

Many safety features are included as standard that provides better control of the car to the driver. Porsche uses its own suite of stability management to prevent body roll and oversteer around corners. In addition to it, there are a couple of driver aids such as parking sensors and a back-up camera that helps create a better situational awareness of the car’s surroundings.

Safety Features

  • Porsche Stability Management(PSM) Electronic Stability Control(ESC)
  • ABS And Driveline Traction Control
  • Side Impact beams
  • Dual-Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Airbags
  • Front And Rear Parking Sensors
  • Tire Specific Low Tire Pressure Warning
  • Forward Collision Warning with Automated Emergency Braking
  • Dual-stage Driver and Passenger Front Airbags
  • Airbag Occupancy Sensor
  • Curtain 1st Row Airbags
  • Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belt
  • Back-Up Camera

 

2020 Porsche 911 Carrera S Competition

Porsche 911 Carrera vs Chevrolet Corvette

The Chevrolet Corvette is called the supercar killer for its ability to leave the more expensive European supercars in the dust. With its recent interior upgrade and a blistering performance from a huge V8, it provides some stiff competition to the 2020 Porsche 911 Carrera S. The ‘Vette is superior in almost all performance aspects but lags behind the Porsche in terms of smoothness and refinement. If you ignore the available cargo space, the 992 Carrera still is a better daily driver with its better fuel economy and more passenger space.

2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1

Porsche 911 Carrera vs Mercedes-Benz AMG GT

The AMG series of performance coupes actually come the closest to the 2020 Porsche Carrera S when it comes to finding that right balance between performance and practicality. The AMG GT Coupe is more masculine in its design. It has sharp edges and a more aggressive front end that is in contrast with the Porsche’s supple styling. Not to mention that huge twin-turbo V8 and a slick AMG SpeedShift transmission. The Merc further increases its advantage over the Porsche with its more cutting-edge technology for its safety and infotainment systems. Still, the Porsche 911 Carrera S can run circles around the AMG GT when it comes to performance.

2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG GT Coupe

Porsche 911 Carrera vs Jaguar F-Type SVR

There is a certain flair to the Jaguar F-Type that the Porsche 911 has failed to match up to time and again. This time is no different. The F-Type gorgeous looks and a sleeker design is without a doubt more appealing than the 992 Carrera. But it is about everything the Jag excels the Porsche at. Its performance is lackluster even with the 5.0L V8 under the hood. There is a world of difference between the build quality as well. The interior of the 2020 Porsche 911 Carrera feels more luxurious and sophisticated, whereas the F-Type has a few noticeable faults. All the digital systems aboard the F-Type feel aged as well, while Porsche has tried its best to keep up with the times.

2020 Jaguar F-Type SVR

2020 Porsche 911 Carrera S Final Verdict

All things considered, Porsche’s new generation of 911 has started off wonderfully with the Carrera. It is a car that carries its predecessor’s legacy in a great way, even though the 992 has had more than its fair share of modifications. That is all part of the process of adapting to the times, which Porsche has shown no problem with. We hold our breath in anticipation as other, more track-worthy trims will get added to the lineup later this year.