When the latest generation of the Porsche 911, the 992, debuted earlier this year, it was only in Carrera S form. Today, Porsche is rolling out the base Carrera. As before, it uses a 3.0-liter twin-turbo flat-six, but now, the engine makes 379 horsepower—nine more than the last Carrera—and 331 lb-ft of torque.
The differences between the new base Carrera and the Carrera S aren’t huge. The engine in the former uses smaller turbine and compressor wheels within its two turbochargers and runs lower boost pressure. Like the Carrera S it’s mated to an eight-speed PDK gearbox as standard, while a manual should arrive at some point in the coming months.
Both the Carrera and Carrera S get adaptive dampers as standard, though you can’t get the lowered, stiffened “Sport” suspension with the base car. Base Carrera buyers won’t be able to option either rear-wheel steering, or a limited-slip differential either. Those options might be available in a future version of the purist-aimed Carrera T.
As standard, the Carrera gets smaller wheels—19s up front and 20s in the rear—and smaller brakes, too. Though with 13-inch discs all around and four-piston calipers up front, the brakes aren’t tiny. You can also order carbon-ceramic brakes, if they strike your fancy.
Porsche says the new Carrera will hit 60 mph in 4.0 seconds dead, which is two tenths quicker than the last model. Option the Sport Chrono package, and that time is shaved by a further 0.2 seconds, while the Carrera Cabriolet adds 0.2 seconds to the 0-60 mph run. Top speed for the coupe is 182 mph while the Cabriolet hits 180 mph.
The base Carrera coupe carries a $98,750 MSRP and the Cabriolet will cost $111,550. This means the 992 Carrera is around $6000 more than its direct predecessor, but the newer car comes with more standard equipment. Notably, the PDK gearbox, which was a $3210 option before.
- Porsche revealed the “base” Carrera version of the 2020 911coupe and cabriolet.
- It uses a version of the twin-turbo 3.0-liter flat-six found in the the Carrera S, making 379 horsepower and 331 lb-ft of torque in this application.
- The coupe will cost $98,750 and the cabriolet will be $111,550 when they go on sale at the beginning of 2020.
When the new 992-generation Porsche 911 debuted last fall, Porsche initially only released the Carrera S versions of the model. Porsche has now revealed the “base” 911 Carrera models, and while the Carrera might be the entry point of the 911 range, it still promises to be a hell of a performer.
The Carrera uses the same twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter flat-six as the S but with model-specific turbochargers. It makes 379 horsepower, nine more than the outgoing Carrera and 64 less than the 2020 Carrera S. The peak torque, 331 lb-ft, is the same as the 2019 car and 59 lb-ft short of the ’20 Carrera S. As on the S, Porsche’s eight-speed dual-clutch automatic is the only available transmission at launch. We assume the same seven-speed manual Porsche has been promising for the 992 Carrera S will make it to the Carrera, too, but no product plans have been confirmed.
According to Porsche, the new Carrera coupe will do zero to 60 mph in 4.0 seconds or 3.8 seconds when equipped with the Sport Chrono package; in both cases, that’s 0.2 second quicker than its claims for the 2019 car. The cabrio is slightly slower. The company’s zero-to-60-mph claim for a new Carrera S with the Sport Chrono pack is 3.3 seconds (or 3.5 without), but in our testing of a 2020 Carrera S we hit 60 in three seconds flat, so Porsche’s estimates for the standard Carrera are likely conservative as well. Porsche says the Carrera coupe will top out at 182 mph while the cabriolet will do 180, which is 9 mph and 10 mph slower than their S counterparts, respectively.
A staggered tire setup is standard, sized 235/40ZR-19 up front and 295/35ZR-20 at the rear, but the 20-inch front and 21-inch rear wheels from the Carrera S are available. The Porsche Active Suspension Management system (PASM) is standard, offering two different modes, and the 911’s new Wet mode is standard as well. The same extensive range of options that’s found on the Carrera S will be on offer, including carbon-ceramic brake rotors.
Beyond the black brake calipers and rear badging, the only thing that visually separates the base Carrera from the S is its tailpipes. The Carrera has two rectangular tailpipes instead of the S’s quad round tips, but the Sport Exhaust system, with dual oval pipes, is available (and shown in these photos). The interior is identical to the Carrera S’s as well.
While Porsche has only shown off the rear-drive version of the Carrera so far, an all-wheel-drive Carrera 4 model should debut soon. The 911 Carrera coupe will start at $98,750 when it arrives at dealers in early 2020, which is $15,800 less than the Carrera S. The 911 Carrera cabriolet will be $111,550, the same $15,800 difference from the Carrera S cabrio.