992 Porsche 911 Carrera S is the Result of ‘Careful Evolution’

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Edmunds discovers that the latest generation of the Porsche 911 Carrera doesn’t try to fix what wasn’t broken in the first place.

When you do something right, the way Porsche has with the 911 for more than 50 years, you don’t mess with it. If what you’ve done works, keep doing it. And the 911 has never stopped working – and selling. No one is more aware of that than Porsche. So when it came time to create the all-new 992 generation, they didn’t throw out everything that’s made the 911 such a success. As Carlos Lago of Edmunds‘ shows in this video review of the Carrera S, the 2020 version of the 911 is not a revolution. It’s the evolution of a proven vehicle.

On the outside, there’s no mistaking the fact that the 992 is a 911. It has the same basic shape as its predecessor and a similar front end. Its dimensions, particularly its widebody-only width and wheel sizes, are slightly different from those of the outgoing 991. The most significant visual update is in the rear, where a brake light strip spans the entire width of the 911’s rump. Lago points out that “the exhaust pipes are integrated into the bottom end of the rear fascia.”

6speedonline.com Edmunds Reviews 992 Porsche 911 Carrera S

There are bigger changes inside, although Porsche incorporated a lot of design cues from past 911s. The ignition is still to the left of the steering wheel and the analog tach is in the center of a horizontal five-gauge cluster. Lago says, “The entertainment screen, it’s a 10.9-inch screen that’s the same one that you get in basically all the new modern Porsches – Macan, Panamera, Cayenne, and so on.” While it is compatible with Apple CarPlay, it does not run Android Auto…yet. Porsche has gone to great lengths to reduce button clutter inside the 992. They’ve also streamlined the shift knob, which Lago likens to a “beard shaver” for obvious reasons.

6speedonline.com Edmunds Reviews 992 Porsche 911 Carrera S

Like its predecessor, the 992 Carrera S uses a twin-turbo 3.0-liter flat-six engine, albeit with more power. Output is now 443 horsepower and 390 lb-ft of torque, which is good for a 0-60 mph run in as little as 3.3 seconds (with the Sport Chrono Package). That F6 is still connected to a PDK gearbox, which now has eight gears instead of seven.

6speedonline.com Edmunds Reviews 992 Porsche 911 Carrera S

Porsche has tried to keep the 911’s signature balance of comfort and sportiness while broadening the space between both ends of that spectrum. According to Lago, it’s tweaked the Porsche Active Suspension Management to make the 911’s suspension softer on the road and stiffer during aggressive driving. The PDK’s extra gear enables the 911 to be both quicker and more fuel efficient.

Overall, Lago is pleased with the 911 and is looking forward to how the newest generation of it will progress. Knowing Porsche, that progress will take place gradually, but each step of it will be in the right direction.

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Derek Shiekhi's father raised him on cars. As a boy, Derek accompanied his dad as he bought classics such as post-WWII GM trucks and early Ford Mustang convertibles.

After loving cars for years and getting a bachelor's degree in Business Management from Texas State University, Derek decided to get an associate degree in journalism from Austin Community College as well. His networking put him in contact with the editor of the Austin-American Statesman newspaper, who hired him to write freelance about automotive culture and events in Austin, Texas in 2013. One particular story led to him getting a certificate for learning the foundations of road racing.

While watching TV with his parents one fateful evening, he saw a commercial that changed his life. In it, Jeep touted the Wrangler as the Texas Auto Writers Association's "SUV of Texas." Derek knew he had to join the organization if he was going to advance as an automotive writer. He joined the Texas Auto Writers Association (TAWA) in 2014 and was fortunate to meet several nice people who connected him to the representatives of several automakers and the people who could give him access to press vehicles (the first one he ever got the keys to was a Lexus LX 570). He's now a regular at TAWA's two main events: the Texas Auto Roundup in the spring and the Texas Truck Rodeo in the fall.

Over the past several years, Derek has learned how to drive off-road in various four-wheel-drive SUVs (he even camped out for two nights in a Land Rover), and driven around various tracks in hot hatches, muscle cars, and exotics. Several of his pieces, including his article about the 2015 Ford F-150 being crowned TAWA's 2014 "Truck of Texas" and his review of the Alfa Romeo 4C Spider, have won awards in TAWA's annual Excellence in Craft Competition. Last year, his profile of Wagonmaster, a business that restores Jeep Wagoneers, won prizes in TAWA’s signature writing contest and its pickup- and SUV-focused Texas Truck Invitational.

In addition to writing for a variety of Internet Brands sites, including JK-Forum.com and Ford-Trucks.com, Derek also contributes to other outlets. He started There Will Be Cars on Instagram and Facebook to get even more automotive content out to fellow enthusiasts.

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