Porsche 911 (8th, 992) Review Rundown
The 992 is the 8th generation Porsche 911. Like its predecessors, the 992 retains the MacPherson strut front suspension setup; unlike the 991, however, all variants share the same wide rear-wheel arches that used to be exclusive to AWD and high-performance models. All variants also come standard with staggered wheels (20" front & 21" rear). While the Carrera is an involving, intimate sports car, the Turbo S feels just as capable as an all-roads, all-weather supercar.
This rundown provides our analysis on 8 third-party reviews. The sentiment scores, summaries, and key takeaways that we select are based on these reviews and may differ from the original publication.
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The 992 replaces the facelifted version of the 991-series 911 Turbo that was launched in 2016. In its headlining S guise, the new Turbo looks familiarly purposeful and muscular in the metal. The car is 28mm longer and 20mm wider than the old Turbo S, at a respective 4535mm at 1900mm.
Porsche's latest Turbo Cabriolet has 641bhp and a 0-62mph time of 2.8secs. All-wheel-drive means it's a 205mph all-wheel drive car with class-beating traction. There's no limit on the roof-up top speed, and the roof is quiet at speed.
Porsche 911 Carrera S is the world's most famous sports car in its purest form. Even an entrylevel 911 needs few extras, we've found. The Carrera is married to a chassis that's perfectly in tune with the driver. The Turbo S is frankly too powerful and extreme to drive at 50% of its limits.
The new 992 Carrera S is available with a seven-speed manual as a no-cost option. The car is slower, burns slightly more fuel and is fractionally more polluting than its dual-clutch automatic equivalent. Yet subjectively, it is more engaging, more fun, and more 911 with three pedals, despite the shift itself still not being perfect.
Prices start from £82,793, which is over £10k cheaper than the racier Carrera S (£93,110) You get the same 3.0-litre turbocharged flat-six – albeit de-tuned from 444bhp to 380bhp – and the same PDK gearbox. The bigger point of differentiation will come next year, when Porsche adds a manual gearbox option to the more powerful car. For now, this basic Carrera is our pick of the 992-generation 911 range.
The Porsche 911 Turbo is no longer the rather dull benchmark for performance in the 911 range. There's amazing breadth of ability here, thanks to a powertrain that now has some aural charm to accompany its brutal effectiveness. While the chassis is also more up for involvement than before, it's just a little too stiff to ever feel really at home on British roads.
3.8-litre flat six in the new 911 Turbo S is the same size as the outgoing model's, but it's all new. The list of improvements is long, and starts with larger variable-geometry twin turbochargers. This Cabriolet version tips the scales at 1,710kg, so it loses out to rivals such as the McLaren 600 LT Spider. But on the road, the Porsche's power-to-weight ratio more than makes up for this.
The 911 Turbo – and more recently the Turbo S – is Porsche's halo car. It delivers the most of everything: power, torque, acceleration and top speed. The new, £155,970 Turbo S still fills that role, yet the jump in the numbers is huge. This 992 model features a new 3.7-litre twin-turbo flat-six engine that generates 641bhp and 800Nm of torque.
The 2020 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S Cabriolet is so quick, so sharp and so unrelentingly rewarding, the tradeoffs for going topless are pretty much nonexistent. At 3,641 pounds, this 911 Cab isn't exactly a lightweight, but it can cut a rug with the best of 'em. The 911's cabin tech has finally caught up to the rest of Porsche's range.
The 2020 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S has the same 3.0-liter, twin-turbocharged flat-six. When combined with Porsche's Sport Chrono Package, the C4S can reach 60 mph in just 3.2 seconds. The ride is stiff at all times, but not annoyingly so.
From stem to stern, the 992-generation Porsche 911 is magnificent. Even from a design standpoint, nothing about the Carrera says "base model" It's as sharp as any other 911, with a gorgeous fastback silhouette. The Carrera doesn't have the Turbo S' aerodynamic tricks or its super-fat tires.
The manual Carrera S Cabriolet hits 60 mph in 4.2 seconds. There's a 0.7-second discrepancy in acceleration times, favoring the PDK. Even in lousy Los Angeles traffic, the 911's stick shift never feels like a chore. The manual transmission just means you get to take a bigger role in the action.
The 911 Carrera starts at $114,650, including $1,350 for delivery. The seven-speed manual here means there's nobody to blame but myself if I'm in the wrong gear. The rear-axle steering system as ever does a remarkable job of making this 3,262-pound sports car feel far more svelte.
The 992 is the eighth generation of Porsche's iconic, rear-engine sports car. A dash to 60 miles per hour from a standstill can now be covered in as little as 3.2 seconds in a Carrera 4S packing the Sport Chrono pack. The steering is 11 percent quicker -- 6 percent if you spec the optional rear-wheel steering.
Porsche announced a move to turbocharging across nearly the entire 911 range for the 991.2 generation. The 992 flavor of the Porsche 911 Turbo S has more power (640 horsepower vs. 612 in the McLaren) sprinting to 60 mph in 2.6 seconds. In Sport mode the car is engaging and fun, but still calm and manageable.
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