A few days ago, what appeared to be leaked press photos of the all-new Porsche 911 made its way into the web. Despite their grainy quality, it looks like they were the real mccoy given the car's subtly restyled look.
Now, Porsche has officially taken the covers off the 2020 911 at this year's Los Angeles Auto Show. Looking a lot wider than before, the new 911 features a more muscular look, a more powerful flat-six, and more high-tech features.
Like its predecessors, the new Porsche 911 keeps the distinct 'tear drop' shape from before. However, the new sports car is significantly wider and more aerodynamic in design. According to the automaker, both the front and rear are now wider. Porsche even went on to make the wheel housings slightly wider as well to fit the larger 20-inch wheels for the front and 21-inch wheels for the rear.
Subtle design changes were also done by Porsche for the 911. It has new LED Matrix headlights that are angled lower, a redesigned hood that evokes the design of the first-generation 911, and pop-out door handles that make for a smoother side profile. But perhaps the biggest change seen on the new 911 is its rear. It now has a singular taillight design, a new rear bumper with integrated exhaust finishers, and a new rear spoiler that harks back to 911s of old.
Inside, the new interior blends both old and new designs. Taking inspiration from 1970s-era dashboards with modern styling cues, the 911's cabin features a familiar setup albeit made for the digital age. It now has a bigger touchscreen infotainment system that measures 10.9-inches. Below that are several buttons that control important vehicle functions, the automatic climate control system, a redesigned gear selector, and controls for the heated front seats.
As before, the signature three-pod instrument cluster remains for the all-new 911. There's also the three-spoke leather steering wheel with controls for the media system, cruise control, and drive modes. Finally, heaps of high-grade leather, metal trim and finely crafted cabin accents surround the new 911.
At the heart of the new 911 Carrera S and 4S is a more powerful 3.0-liter turbocharged flat-six. The engine now produces 450 PS, 30 PS more than the old model. Mated to Porsche's PDK dual-clutch transmission, the rear-wheel drive S can sprint from 0 – 100 km/h in a mere 3.7 seconds. Meanwhile, the all-wheel drive 4S can do it quicker in 3.6 seconds. When fitted with the optional Sport Chrono Package, both the S and 4S can reach 100 km/h 0.2 seconds quicker. Top speed, on the other hand are rated at 306 km/h and 308 km/h respectively.
Besides having a more powerful flat-six, Porsche also installed new high-tech assist systems to aid the driver. In a world first (according to Porsche), the new 911 now comes with 'Wet Mode'. In a nutshell, this function presets the control systems accordingly in wet-weather driving. It will also allow the driver to set up the vehicle for added safety during Wet Mode.
Beyond that, the new 911 also comes standard with the following: automatic emergency braking, night vision assist via a thermal imaging camera, adaptive cruise control with distance control and stop-and-go function, and an emergency assist system.