8th-Generation 2020 Porsche 911 Debuts (with No Manual Transmissions for Now)

Jodi Lai
by Jodi Lai

The 2020 Porsche 911 has debuted at the L.A. Auto Show with upgrades, refinements, and more tech all around.

The sports car is now in its 8th generation and although Porsche didn’t mess around too much with the formula that made the 911 a legend, the changes are sweeping (though it might not look like it from the outside). The new 911 gets new LED headlights, is wider in front by 1.2 inches (45 mm) and out back, and gets wider wheel arches. The hood is also more sculpted than before, with more pronounced character lines, and more of the body is made from aluminum. New door handles sit flush with the body and pop out automatically when needed. You’ll also notice the new single light bar taillight and revised badging out back — the 911 badge is now in a different font, which is kind of a throwback to older 911s.

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But onto the really important stuff: The Carrera S and 4S models now output 443 hp from its turbocharged rear-mounted flat-six, which is up from 420 hp. Porsche also says the engine is more efficient thanks to an improved injection process and a revised layout for the turbochargers and cooling system. Power is relayed via a new 8-speed dual clutch transmission and a Porsche representative told us that, “The PDK will be the only transmission for the moment” — so it looks like no manuals. However, the regular Carrera will likely debut later on with a manual option, so not all hope is lost.

All in, the RWD model should get to 62 MPH (100 km/h) in just 3.7 seconds, while the AWD model does the sprint in 3.6 seconds, slightly faster than the models the preceded them. The Sport Chrono Package shaves 0.2 seconds off both those times. Top speeds ring it at 191 MPH (308 km/h) for the Carrera S and 190 MPH (308 km/h) for the 4S. Early testing for fuel economy rates the S at 26.4 MPG (8.9 L/100 km) and the 4S at 26.1 MPG (9.0 L/100 km).

Tech and features-wise, the 911 gets a new standard driving mode for wet roads, night vision assist with thermal imaging, and connectivity that uses swarm intelligence. The 911 also gets automatic emergency braking and collision warning as standard, and available adaptive cruise control that works in stop-and-go traffic.

Inside, the biggest changes are a huge 10.9-inch touchscreen and a revised center console layout.

The 2020 Porsche 911s will be available in summer 2019 in the U.S. and fall 2019 in Canada. We expect more information about the new 911 to be released in the near future, as the details right now are a bit scarce.

Pricing for the Carrera S starts at $113,200 (an $8,100 increase from the current model), while the 4S starts at $120,600 in the U.S. (an $8,600 increase). Prices do not include the $1,050 delivery fee.

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In Canada, the Carrera S starts at $129,100, a large $9,100 increase from the current model, while the 4S will start at $137,400, up from $127,900.

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Jodi Lai
Jodi Lai

Jodi has been obsessed with cars since she was little and has been an automotive journalist for the past 12 years. She has a Bachelor of Journalism from Ryerson University in Toronto, is a member of the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC), and a jury member for the prestigious North American Car/Truck/Utility Vehicle of the Year (NACTOY). Besides hosting videos, and writing news, reviews and features, Jodi is the Editor-in-Chief of AutoGuide.com and takes care of the site's day-to-day operations.

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