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Porsche 911 Carrera S Coupe (992) (2020 – Present)

The new Porsche 911 Carrera S: More Powerful, Much Faster, More Digital

Porsche 911 Carrera S Coupe (992)
Model
Porsche 911 Carrera S Coupe (992)
Model Years
2020 - Present
Engine
3.0 L Turbocharged Flat 6
Power
443 bhp @ 6500 rpm
Torque
390 ft lbs @ 2300 rpm
0 - 60 mph
3.3 seconds
Top Speed
191 mph
Price Starting At
US$118,450

Porsche 911 (992) Carrera S Coupe – Reviews, Pricing, Specs & Buyers Guide

If the base 911 coupe doesn’t do it for you, maybe the Carrera S coupe gets you over the line. For about $20k more, you get more horsepower, torque vectoring and bigger wheels. The Carrera S uses a version of the 3.0L twin-turbo flat-6 that generates 443 hp and 390 lb-ft of torque. Torque vectoring allows different amounts of torque to be distributed between drive wheels on the same axle. This means the inside wheel can turn slower than the outside wheel for improved cornering. The wheels are 20-inch alloy up front and 21-inch alloy on the rear.

The basic structure and footprint of the 991 Porsche was carried over for the 992, but the new Porsche wears updated bodywork that (as expected) evolves the 911 shape rather that do anything too rash. Save for the front and rear fascias, the body is made entirely from aluminum, too. It looks more planted to me, a more muscular look and better stance than the outgoing 991. It has wider arches covering 20-inch wheels up front and 21-inch wheels down back, while the front end has been stretched out by 45 mm (1.77 in) to give it that slightly wider stance. All 911s will now have this wider body (previously it was only the all-wheel drive models). On the outside, we also love the cool electrical pop-out flush doorhandles which mean the side is completely flat as well as the rear end which is modern and old school at the same time.

The flat-six turbocharged engine has been further developed and is more powerful than ever before. It gets an improved injection process and a new layout for the turbochargers and charge air cooling system. It is a turbocharged 3 liter flat-six unit with 443 bhp @ 6500 rpm in both the 911 Carrera S and Carrera 4S which is up 23 horsepower over the outgoing 991 car. Torque is a really strong 390 ft lbs and that is from just 2300 rpm. The Carrera S has plenty of mid-range punch. Standard for 2022 is an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission and you can always opt for a seven-speed manual if you want to do the work yourself.

Performance-wise, all of this adds up to some great numbers. The rear-wheel-drive Carrera S gets to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds and the all-wheel-drive Carrera 4S does it in 3.4 seconds. The optional Sports Chrono package shaves a further 0.2 seconds of those times, the Carrera doing the 0 – 60 mph in just 3.3 seconds. For those counting, that makes the Carrera S almost half a second faster than the 991.2 Carrera S. The real world performance feels markedly better than even those impressive numbers suggest when compared to the 991.

The redesigned interior brings plenty of modern touches for the digital era, spearheaded by a new 10.9-inch center touchscreen. This is a seven-inch upsize from the previous model and displays software like Porsche’s Road Trip planning app with its curated routes, the Porsche 360+ lifestyle assistant, and the web-based emissions calculator. The instrument cluster, meanwhile, is apparently inspired by 911s from the 1970s era, with a central rev counter flanked by two smaller, freeform displays. For the first time, the 911 is complimented by exclusive digital products that go with the car: the Porsche Road Trip app for extraordinary road trips, the Porsche 360+ personal assistant which is a web-based Porsche Impact emissions calculator for neutralizing your individual carbon footprint.

As always the new 911 gets a host of new technology upgrades. Additional highlights include the new assistance systems, including Porsche Wet mode to make driving on wet roads even safer, and Night Vision Assist with thermal imaging camera, as well as comprehensive connectivity – which now also uses swarm intelligence. In a world first, Porsche has developed Wet mode, included as standard. This function detects water on the road, preconditions the control systems accordingly and warns the driver, who can then set up the vehicle for a particular emphasis on safety, by simply pushing a button or using the mode switch on the steering wheel (Sport Chrono Package). The warning and brake assist system, also fitted as standard, detects the risk of collisions with moving objects and initiates emergency braking if necessary. Night Vision Assist with a thermal imaging camera is optionally available for the 911 for the first time. The adaptive cruise control option includes automatic distance control, stop-and-go function, reversible occupant protection and an innovative autonomous Emergency Assist function.

Updates and Pricing for 2022

Prices for the 2022 Porsche 911 Carrera S coupe starts at $118,450 (including mandatory destination charges of $1,350). The Carrera S is basically $18,000 more than the base Carrera coupe, and when you start to add extra, the Carrera S can climb into the $130,000+ range pretty easily. To the Carrera, the Carrera S adds the 3.0L engine version producing 443 hp. It also gains 20-inch alloy wheels (front), 21-inch alloy wheels (rear), torque vectoring, and enhanced stability control. In terms of options, the sky is the limit.

Porsche upgraded the infotainment system on the 2022 911 range to include a new 10.9-inch touchscreen interface that the company calls both simplified and flexible in its personalization. It comes with wireless Apple CarPlay, and for the first time, the 911 gets Android Auto compatibility. Porsche also extended its connected services from one year to three years before reverting to a subscription model. Those services include natural voice commands activated by “Hey Porsche,” online map updates, and navigation with real-time traffic info. Satellite radio also gets a three-month trial.

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In this video, the guys review the 2021 Porsche 911 Carrera S 992. The latest 911 is a culmination of so many years of development that very few sports cars make it this far. They do a deep dive into all of the technical and electronic systems that make this car complicated yet great to drive. They look at the good and bad and discuss what it is like to drive.

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Unmistakably committed to the Porsche design DNA, a much more muscular look, and an interior featuring a 10.9-inch touchscreen monitor, the new 911 is timeless – and modern. Intelligent control and chassis elements as well as innovative assistance systems combine the masterfully uncompromising dynamism that the classic rear-engine sportscar is famed for, with the demands of the digital world.

The next generation of flat-six turbocharged engines has been further developed and is more powerful than ever before, with 331 kW (450 PS) in the S models. The drive efficiency has been increased by way of an improved injection process and a new layout for the turbochargers and charge air cooling system. The power is delivered by a newly developed eight-speed dual-clutch transmission. Additional highlights include the new assistance systems, including Porsche Wet mode to make driving on wet roads even safer, and Night Vision Assist with thermal imaging camera, as well as comprehensive connectivity – which now also uses swarm intelligence. The 911’s features are rounded off by three exclusive digital offerings: the Porsche Road Trip app for extraordinary tours, the Porsche 360+ personal assistant, and the web-based Porsche Impact emissions calculator for neutralising your individual carbon footprint.

Carrera S models start from 450 PS

The turbocharged flat-six engine of the 911 Carrera S and 911 Carrera 4S now produces 331 kW (450 PS; 911 Carrera S: Fuel consumption combined 8.9 l/100 km; CO2 emissions combined 205 g/km; 911 Carrera 4S: Fuel consumption combined 9.0 l/100 km; CO2 emissions combined 206 g/km). This corresponds to an increase of 22 kW (30 PS) compared with the previous model. Both 911 models beat the four-second mark for acceleration from zero to 100 km/h: the rear-wheel-drive Coupé needs 3.7 seconds and the 911 Carrera 4S with all-wheel drive just 3.6 seconds. This makes both cars 0.4 seconds faster than the previous model in each case. This advantage is increased by a further 0.2 seconds with the optional Sport Chrono Package. The top speeds are now 308 km/h (911 Carrera S) and 306 km/h for the all-wheel-drive version. The fuel consumption (NEDC-correlated) of the 911 Carrera S is 8.9 l/100 km, while the 911 Carrera 4 S records this figure as 9.0 l/100 km.

Clear design language, unmistakable identity

The exterior design is completely new and emphasises the leap in performance for the 911 type 992. Significantly wider wheel housings arch over the 20-inch front wheels and 21-inch rear wheels. The rear end is now the same width across all models, highlighting the slimline centre section. At the front, the body is 45 mm wider. Flush integration of the electrical pop-out handles in the doors emphasises the tapered and smooth side contour. Between the new LED headlights, a bonnet with a pronounced recess evokes the design of the first 911 generations. The rear is dominated on all models by the significantly wider, variable-position rear spoiler and the seamless, elegant light bar. Apart from the front and rear sections, the entire outer skin is now made from aluminium.

The completely new interior is characterised by the clear and straight lines of the dashboard with recessed instruments. The 911 models from the 1970s provided the inspiration here. Alongside the central rev counter – typical for Porsche – two thin, frameless freeform displays supply information to the driver. The centre screen of the PCM is now 10.9 inches, and can be operated quickly and without distraction thanks to the new architecture. Located underneath this there is a compact switch unit with five buttons for direct access to important vehicle functions. In terms of digitalisation, the 911 takes the next step into the future with permanent connectivity as well as new functions and services. The standard PCM features include online navigation based on swarm data as well as Porsche Connect Plus.

New assistance systems increase safety and comfort

In a world first, Porsche has developed Wet mode, included as standard. This function detects water on the road, preconditions the control systems accordingly and warns the driver, who can then set up the vehicle for a particular emphasis on safety, by simply pushing a button or using the mode switch on the steering wheel (Sport Chrono Package). The warning and brake assist system, also fitted as standard, detects the risk of collisions with moving objects and initiates emergency braking if necessary. Night Vision Assist with a thermal imaging camera is optionally available for the 911 for the first time. The adaptive cruise control option includes automatic distance control, stop-and-go function, reversible occupant protection and an innovative autonomous Emergency Assist function.

Digital applications: “Road Trip”, “360+” and “Impact”

Porsche Road Trip” supports car enthusiasts in planning, organising and navigating special trips. The curated routes it offers include exclusive hotel and restaurant recommendations as well as points of interest and viewpoints along the route.

Porsche 360+” has the goal of allowing the customer to enjoy the Porsche experience even while away from the vehicle; the heart of “Porsche 360+” is a personal lifestyle assistant that is available to customers around the clock. The assistant is intended to make everyday life easier and exclusive experiences possible.

Porsche Impact” is an emissions calculator. It calculates the financial contributions that Porsche customers can pay to offset their CO2 footprint. They themselves can choose the internationally certified climate projects in which to invest. The projects available are spread out all over the world and focus on wind, hydro and solar power, as well as forest protection.

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