2020 Porsche 911 Carrera S | Behind the Wheel | Edmunds

2020 Porsche 911 Carrera S | Behind the Wheel | Edmunds

may not believe it, but you are looking at the
next generation Porsche 911. Yes, the 911 is in
its eighth generation, though you have to pay careful
attention to the exterior details to notice it. We’re starting with
the back of the 911 because the fascias represent
the biggest changes. This wide brake light runs
across the entire length of the rear, and actually looks
pretty good in person, too. And now, the exhaust pipes are
integrated into the bottom end of the rear fascia. It’s a nice look
that accentuates the extra width of this car. Working our way
up to the middle, rear wheels are now up
to 21 inches in diameter. And they’re actually
staggered– the front wheels are 20 inches in diameter. Key difference, door handles. Now, they’re flush with the
car until you unlock it, then they pop out. Width is a key difference
with the next generation 911. You need about 1.7 inches
to measure the difference. That’s because the new gen 911,
there’s only one width in body so far. Previous 911s had a narrow
body or a wide body. This is all wide body. As we get up to the front,
you notice the difference in the fascias. A little bit more subtle
compared to the rear end, but that pretty much rounds
out the most dramatic exterior differences. When it comes to
length and height, you need less than the
first inch of ruler to measure the differences. But again, Porsche is known
for careful evolution. The interior is a
bit more dramatic. That’s what we’ll
check out next. The interior of 992 represents
easily, the biggest change over the previous generation. It’s still very
mindful of the history of the 911 in a
lot of key areas, but looks thoroughly
modern throughout. You still have the ignition on
the left of the steering wheel. There is no longer a key,
it’s all keyless ignition. Although you do have to use
the key to unlock the door unless you get the
optional proximity entry. But you grab this
ignition switch on the left of the steering
wheel, turn the car on. Very straightforward. But that ignition
being to the left the steering wheel
has been a 911 hallmark since the beginning. The shifter is the most
interesting right here. It looks like a beard
shaver or a beard trimmer. But it works. For a couple of
times now, I’ve tried to grab it like I’m
grabbing a normal shifter, and it’s going to take a
while it used to just being able to tap it to enter gears. It works. You have a button for
park, a button for manual. Press forward for reverse,
pull back for drive. And there’s a D tent that
makes it easy to select a drive or the gear itself. You push hard, you
get to neutral. If you push harder,
you end up in reverse. So that makes sense. It will just take a while to
get used to the operation that will just come with ownership. Since the dawn of
Porsches, I’ve always had five gauges,
centrally mounted tach and then auxiliary
gauges off to the side. As years have gone
on, particularly with the last
generation, Porsche introduced a digital
gauge on the right. And that was a nice
multifunction gauge that maintained sort
of the Porsche look and feel in regard
to gauge cluster. This generation, they’ve
gone mostly digital. It’s an interesting look. I have to say that the way
I have my steering wheel set right now, the rim totally
blocks the two outside gauges, so that’s not so great. But considering I can see
important things like speed, tach, temperature,
and that’s it. Everything else
is non-essential. I can always turn my head to
see the fuel level and so on. The tach in the center is
analog, and it looks beautiful. It looks like a watch face. The font, the style, the
way the needle floats. I think they’re doing
some control over a needle to make it move very smoothly. It’s just gorgeous. The steering wheel
very traditional. There’s more hollow parts
of it, so it kind of has this milled looking thing
to it, although a lot of it’s just plastic. So that milled looking thing
doesn’t really stand up when you start poking things. Operation is very simple. As we’ve seen with the
recent Porsche models, there’s this dial on
the bottom right here that allows you to
change drive modes. If so optionned, you
get more drive modes. There’s a button the center
that gives you a sport response. And That gives you the
most aggressive drive mode for something like, 20 seconds. Moving on to the instrument
panel in the center here, it’s attractive
except for the use of piano black finish,
which you can already tell is kind of smudgy. And that just happens over time. The aluminum look stuff
here looks really good. And you see the addition
of a cup holder. Cup holder is big news and
911s, because traditionally, cup holders 911s have always
looked really elegant but not worked so great. They’ve always been ahead of the
passenger, and you press them, and they flip out in this
really neat looking fashion. They don’t really hold
your drink that well. And because they sat
in front of the vents, you would either cool
off your hot drink or heat up your cold drink,
and that was never optimal. Now 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 and so forth. It looks really good. I need to spend more time
with it to see if I like it. Panamera was kind of iffy on,
but in terms of look and feel, it looks nice, it feels nice. Apple CarPlay is standard. There is no Android Auto. Porsche says they’re still
in contract negotiations with Google. The car is ready
for it, and I hope they can iron out those
negotiations, and get it. Because as an Android user
myself, that would be terrific. Underneath the
entertainment display, you have five physical buttons. They look really good. And you could tell
there’s been an effort here to reduce the
amount of buttons throughout the interior. And that generally
is good, so long as you reduce it
in the right way, and keep the essential
buttons and get rid of the nonessential buttons. Previous 911s and
Porsches in general had this big sea of
buttons, and that was really great once you got
used to it, because you could say, for example, I want the
loud exhaust on, and sport mode off. And then you know, stop
start off, and so on. They’ve reduced
the configurations, and I guess you’d
have to play with to make sure you get the
car outfit to the way you want to drive it. So that’s going to be
dependent on options and how you like to drive cars. It’s really going to be a
matter of personal taste, whether you like it or not. On whole though, this interior
is really good looking, largely functional, and it’s
easily the biggest change in this generation of 911. And probably one of the more
pleasing ones to look at. Still looks like a 911,
still drives like a 911, and its interior looks
really nice, too. OK, first time behind the wheel
of the 2020 Porsche Carrera S. I think the best
way to figure out how it’s going to drive is
to engage launch control, what do you say? That works. That works. That feels good. Not much appears to be
different about the new 911 from the outside. Inside, it’s a bit more
dramatic of a change. But right now, we’re going
to talk about the driving experience, and what it feels
like from behind the wheel. Very traditional 911
driving experience. Wide view out the windshield. Center-mounted tach
reads very cleanly. Nice-sized steering wheel,
good grips for the hands. The ride quality
feels smooth, even though this is a sports car. That kind of gets back to one
of the 911’s greatest traits– is that it really balances
daily driveability and sports car-like athleticism. And Porsche has been very
adamant about how they’ve tried to extend both
ends of that envelope for this next generation 911. It’s quicker, it’s more
powerful, more tire on it. It should be faster
around any racetrack. But there’s a lot
of technology meant to enhance the day to day
livability of this car as well. For example, the
adaptive suspension, what Porsche calls PASM, has
a wider envelope of usability. So should be softer around
town, but also, provide really good control when
you engage sport plus and start really hauling. The transmission is now an 8
speed dual clutch automatic, PDK in Porsche speak. That extra gear last year
was a seven speed PDK. That extra gear gives you
an additional overdrive on the freeway, allows the
wider range of gear ratios. So you get quicker acceleration,
and lower gears, and more fuel efficiency in higher gears. That transmission also
comes with extra weight. This gained about 160
pounds, model versus model versus last generation. And a lot of that has to do
with what’s in the transmission. No, that’s not just a
super heavy 8th gear. There is structure in that
transmission and capabilities when that transmission
that are meant to support an electric
motor, because this 911 will likely be a hybrid in
the future at some point. You can also expect a
couple other things, like a manual
transmission, which is not what will be available
with the 911 initially. You only get 8 speed dual
clutch automatic at first. But you can expect a
manual I believe, next year with the base model Carrera. This is a Carrera S, meaning it
has the more powerful version. It’s the second rung up the
ladder of the 911 model line. Attributes and traits that
we’ve always liked from 911s are still here, especially
the way that twin turbo flat 6 sounds. Makes a bit more power than
last generation, upwards of 30 horsepower and like, 30
pound feet of torque or so. You might not notice
the difference unless you drove the
two cars back to back, but this engine still
feels responsive, still sounds good,
which is a nice trait for a turbo charged engine. It also doesn’t run out
of steam as you get higher in the engine’s
power band, and that can be an issue with a lot of
modern high end performance turbo charged engines. That still runs pretty
strong to red line. That feels good. Solid mid-range quick
shifts, and all those attributes that again,
we love from the 911. Yep, that’s good. Nothing’s been lost in the
change from 911 to 912, which is the name of
these generations. It’s still tractable
acceleration, it’s still pleasing to drive. Does all that those
things really good. I have a nice feeling from this
car on this first experience with it. So it’ll be interesting
to see how this 992 generation develops
over time, but if this is the first example, it looks
like it’ll be very strong. I think if you are
curious if you’re debating between a last gen
car and this, to wait for this, it’s a tough decision to
make, because this is just as capable, if not more capable
than the S’s from past, but that’s going to be
a tough place to live. Would you get a last Gen 911,
knowing that you could probably get one for less
money, but knowing that you have more of a
model variety to choose from, or should you wait for
this one to come out? That be the real test. Either way, we’re
looking forward to getting a 911
back in the states so we can run it through
a normal battery of tests, and run it on our road loop,
and see how it stacks up. But this initial
impression is very good. There are a lot more videos
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  1. holy cow carlos…. whats up with all the white hairs now?? miss the old days with your reviews at motor trend. this channel feels so much boring.

  2. Looks good, but excites me more knowing the 991s will start dropping to a reasonable prices. 991 C4GTS under $100k = perfection

  3. Why force someone to learn how to use a new gear selector? Stupidity. Piano black finish on console will be scratched to heck in 6 months. Not smart.

  4. Man. Come on with this shit. Is the same fucking car. Is a waste to even make a video about the changes. Oh look. Now they added a new color in the exhaust. Like really. Who gives a fuck. Door handles ? Or now straight line across the back tail lights and call it a new generation Porsche. What the fuck ??

  5. You know there isn’t much going on with this car when he has to show details about the normal screws and small buttons made of plastic. Mean while other companies take chances. Creating real models from every angle

  6. He's never actually tried a 911 cupholder or else he would know they work very well…. To the blind eye it looks like it wouldn't work, unless you know about aerodynamics

  7. OK but I could have done with more hard facts: engine size, power in HP (or KW) and torque, 0-62kpm time, top speed, actual weight, cost etc etc….

  8. 2 door porches are totally overpriced second hand you can buy new cars that will kick a second-hand Porsche ass for the same price!
    a new Golf R will kick second-handhand 911`s ass for cheaper money,F you porsche!

  9. I want to get the maclaren 570s but the 911 is so much more practical. You can have kids in this car and still take it to the race track whereas the mclaren is more a single mans car.

  10. I absolutely hate how every manufacturer is inventing their own way to set up their transmission lever. It is absolutely annoying, like they are trying to reinvent the wheel. Some times inadvertently selecting a different gear than expected. One time I hit a car while parallel parking on a hill. My car is big so i had to take the spaces to the max. switching from reverse to drive, and then letting go, the selecter went back to the center too quickly from its spring loaded motion and thought I wanted to go back to neutral. Once off the brake the car rolled back those 2 inches and bang.

  11. Hint..if u want a car like that stay away from Democrats and people who complain for a living.ps.steve

  12. Your almost ready to do this video
    You Just don’t really know the car do you. What a shame. Big discredit to the CARRERA 4S

  13. it just kills me when a reporter grabs the steering wheel like that. lol, that's why chris harris is miles away from any other reporter, he doesn't read out the facts to you, he literally explains how the car reacts to every input.

  14. Great review!! Does this drive better than the GT3 Touring you reviewed in terms of everyday drive, handling, and etc?

  15. This is a stellar looking 911! It’s bigger but who says something thats big with curves is a bad thing?? Great car, good power, HUGE price tag!

  16. I test drove 911 twice…but did not like it at all. Felt like I was driving a 40k Mazda. Is there something wrong with me? Or is it a matter of personal preference?

  17. Car looks like a wagon Volkswagen & you guys are complaining now for how it looks? Why Volkswagen had to add their own personal touch on the 911? Where the fuck where you all when I was complaining months ago for the 992 starting with the UGLY MOTHER FUCKER R E T R O DASHBOARD and the stinky old school CENTER CONSOLE? Your words months ago, "Oh we love everything about the 992 Carrera," you people are so weak. Millions don't like the COW BOY 911 cow design but they are all afraid to talk. 992 GT3 has the same exact, you want to vomit, dashboard? Porsche, partnership with Volkswagen, will cry from the drop of sales remember my sentence.

  18. There going to be conspiracy stories for 20 years what is it don these people do it so they can make $6.75 off YouTub.

  19. Forget about the petty look of the shifter. Fact is, this is THE BEST dual-clutch automatic transmission on Planet Earth! Stop the pettiness already. Porsche cars have always been controversial since the 356; they’re always doing things differently. That’s what helps make them great. I’ve ordered a Guards Red 992 which is scheduled to be in Kansas City September 1st. I guarantee I’ll get used to that shifter, post haste. FWIW, I just traded an 2016 Mercedes S550, and the shifter there is a tiny stalk on the right side of the steering wheel. Smaller than the turn signal, but boy…that thing works well also.

  20. Excellent review…great car..excellent insights from journalist…presented with a professionalism thats often missing in so many youtube shows thank you.

  21. I'm not CRAZY about the new front end look.
    If it had a better looking front end then I MIGHT just put it on my YOUTUBE channel 😎💃💃

  22. love the new 992 design but absolutely hate the rear spoiler!! If Porsche would of used the new Panamera wing that would of been badass

  23. Porsche is losing its way, no doubt. I've owned several 911s, the last one a 2008 S. That was a great car, as were the first gen 992s. When Porsche uses stop/start in a car like this, you know they've got their heads up their collective asses. Everyone HATES stop/start, so why would you install it in a $150k sports car? Idiots. And that shifter? WTF? I wonder who's going to buy this gen? Not the Porsche enthusiasts I know.

  24. Nice video, but you only showed the interior from the side or through closeups. Thankfully i've seen other videos and pictures and know how the central console looks like.

  25. Wow way to shit on a once great name….pathetic Porsche you good for nothing cunts should be ashamed of yourselves. Over 100k for low end and 300k for the top of the line at either end if the driver can't read displays easliy? You have failed MISERABLY. Ugh RIP Porche your time is OVER lossers.

  26. Oh hey way to add cheap @ss plastic components also. Nothing says poor craftsmanship like cheap shortcuts

  27. Let's sum up the new porche yes? Cheaply made with plastic parts and zero effort put into styling. It's an automatic transmission paddle shift for retarted millennial ❄s that are to stupid to breathe much less drive like a big boy or girl…no manual till next year? Fck off Porsche ya spineless sellouts…..( takes breath to chilax). At the end of the day it's nothing more than an over priced POS that is only living off the name of the great innovators who came before and whom clearly will never be replaced. Might as well be selling a kia sooo gross 😝

  28. The gauge cluster is terrible i mean it looks like they ran out of gusto and said hey just use some boring shyt that works.

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