SUVs may be all the rage in terms of sales, but iconic sports cars can still make a splash — and we saw that at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show with a new generation of the Porsche 911, the 992. The automaker unveiled the 2020 911 Carrera S and Carrera 4S at the show, and although the cars look awfully similar compared with the previous 991 generation, there are some significant changes.
From the outside, you'll have to look closely to spot the updates to the eighth generation of the sports car. The biggest difference is in back, where a reflector bar joins the taillights; it's a look borrowed from other recent Porsche redesigns. There's also a rear spoiler with variable height positions.
In front, the hood adds subtle cut lines and harder corners at its forward edges, and the headlights remain circular, with single bezels and quad LED elements swooping around the edges. Porsche says all exterior panels are aluminum except for the bumpers.
While the powertrain is similar to the outgoing model — a turbocharged horizontally opposed six-cylinder engine — it makes 443 horsepower for 2020, up 23 hp from the previous model. A new eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission replaces the seven-speed unit.
Two other numbers go down for 2020. Porsche says that with the optional Sport Chrono Package, the rear-wheel-drive Carrera S sprints to 60 mph in just 3.3 seconds; the all-wheel-drive Carrera 4S does it in 3.2 seconds. Both numbers are down 0.4 second apiece versus the outgoing models.
Expected to go on sale in the summer of 2019, the 2020 Porsche 911 Carrera S and 911 Carrera 4S will start at $114,250 and $121,650, respectively, including a $1,050 destination charge. Watch the video for more.
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