Porsche revealed a small piece of a big puzzle when it released the eighth-generation 911 during the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show. Now, the German firm provided us with two additional pieces by introducing the entry-level 911 Carrera and its convertible variant online a few months before they’re scheduled to reach American showrooms.
The 2020 911 Carrera is significant, because it’;s the foundation that the rest of the range will be built on for years to come. It shares its twin-turbocharged, 3.0-liter flat-six engine with the newly minted 2020 911 Carrera S, but its output drops to 379 horsepower at 6,500 rpm and 331 pound-feet of torque. The six spins the rear wheels through an eight-speed, dual-clutch automatic transmission. While Porsche has pledged to keep the manual transmission alive for as long as possible, a stick won’;t be available at launch.>
“;Manual transmission availability for the 992-generation 911 will be announced at a later point in time. It is planned for American-spec cars,”; a company spokesperson told Digital Trends via email.>
The 911 takes 4.0 seconds flat to reach 60 mph from a stop, while the convertible performs the same task in 4.2 seconds. Top speed checks in at 182 and 180 mph, respectively. You can tell whether it’;s a Carrera or a Carrera S by looking at its exhaust tips. The base model has two rectangular exhaust tips, while the S comes with four round ones. That’;s the only major visual difference between the two variants, according to Porsche.>
It’;s the same story inside, where most of the Carrera’;s interior bits and tech features come straight from above. That means it’;s more digital than ever before. It receives many of the features we’;ve come to appreciate while driving the Cayenne and the Panamera, including an instrument cluster made up of two large, driver-configurable screens positioned on either side of an analog tachometer. The center stack is dominated by a 10.9-inch touchscreen for the infotainment system. It has gorgeous graphics, is intuitive to use, and offers online navigation with real-time traffic information.>
On sale now across the United States, the 2020 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet carries a base price of $110,200, a figure that represents a nearly $13,000 increase over its hardtop counterpart. Both cars might make an appearance at the 2019 Frankfurt Auto Show in September, and they’;ll begin to reach showrooms in early 2020.>