Why Does the 2020 Porsche 911 Carrera S Cost $113,000? Here’s What You Get For Your Money [Video]

Porsche took the 2018 LA Auto Show as an opportunity to unveil the all-new Porsche 911. With the announcement of the new car, came an announcement of the new price, which is significantly higher than the last one. Porsche introduced two models specifically, the 911 Carrera S and 911 Carrera 4S. Starting price on the Carrera S is $113,200, where the AWD 4S model starts at $120,600. Do note, that is with the PDK (Porsche Doppelkupplungs getriebe) 8-speed dual clutch transmission.

Compared to the previous generation of like trim, that is a price increase of roughly $5,000. That is a big price jump, but there are a lot of new features on the 992 that help explain that increase. Plus, we tell you the good, bad and weird features on the new car.

Styling

With the new 2020 Porsche 911 comes a new look. Though, Porsche have not gone and reinvented the wheel on this one. It is still very obviously a Porsche 911. But there are some minor changes that stand out from the previous generation. The whole front facia is slightly different, with a new grille and a retro style hood. The rear end is where things look the most different. Specifically, thanks to the light bar that crosses the whole rear of the new model.

Performance

The 2020 Porsche 911 is a performance machine, and Porsche made it more powerful for the next generation. Under the hood is still a rear-mounted 3.0-liter turbocharged flat-six that makes 443 horsepower and 390 lb-ft of torque. That is an increase of 23 horsepower and 22 lb-ft of torque from the last 991 model.

Porsche also included 0-60 times for both the Carrera S and 4S, plus for models with the Chrono Sport Package (CSP). The Carrera S does 0-60 in 3.5 seconds, 3.3 with CSP. The 4S starts at 3.4 seconds, with that time dropping to a blistering 3.2 seconds for the CSP. Across the board, that 0-60 time dropped about 0.4 seconds from the previous generation.

Porsche has also added a feature called ‘wet mode’ that helps the 911 deal with driving in wet conditions. This system uses acoustic sensors to ‘listen’ for wet conditions. If it senses the road is wet, it can adjust the traction control system, rear spoiler position, and throttle response to make the new 911 better in the rain.

Interior

The interior of the 2020 Porsche 911 has been upgraded as well. The overall look is all new, but there are a few specific pieces that should be noted. The first is the new gauge cluster. It maintains Porsche’s classic 5-pod setup that we all know and love. The center-mounted tachometer is still there, but the other 5 pods have been replaced with screens to display your driving information.

The other thing you notice right away is the new shift knob for the PDK model. That knob is rather small, and very mechanical feeling. Porsche told us at the LA auto show, that this was a design change inspired by their performance test drivers. Those drivers rarely use the shift knob in the center stack when driving hard on the track. They tend to prefer the paddles on the steering wheel. So Porsche de-emphasized the shift knob to account for this preference.

Those are some of the biggest reasons that the new 911 992 is so much more expensive than the 991 generation. To see what the good, bad and weird features are, be sure to watch the whole video above!

Stay tuned to TFLcar.com for the latest news, views & real-world reviews and hopefully more videos about the new 911 in the near future.

Michael Curtis
Michael has always had a passion for things with four wheels and an engine. His parents often joked that his first word was "Porsche." He currently works for TFL full time as an editor, videographer, presenter & writer. In his spare time, he stays plugged into the car community through meets and other events.