There are a lot of ways to enjoy a Porsche 911 on a race track such as the Circuit de Valencia in Spain, and one of them is by putting the sports coupe through its paces in an acceleration test. Not just any 911, but the new-generation 992 model in the Carrera S flavor.
Porsche may say the car needs three and a half seconds to reach 62 mph (100 kph) with the optional Sport Chrono Package, but real-life performance shows it’s actually a lot quicker.
The 2020 Porsche 992 911 is finally here. It continues a relatively gradual evolution since 1963 into a car that’s heavier than the one it replaces, and still turbocharged pretty much across its whole range. The good news is that it remains brilliant to drive, though. Did you expect any less?
Porsche’s 911 may seem immortal, eternal, but in truth, it’s always been a work in progress. Generations of engineers have spent their careers buried in the bowels of Porsche’s R&D headquarters in Weissach polishing, honing, refining, and reimagining the sports car that for more than half a century has been its lodestar. The 2020 911, aka the 992, proves the point. It looks familiar, feels familiar, sounds familiar. But there isn’t a part or component on the car that hasn’t been touched, tweaked, or totally renewed.
That’s no criticism of the 2020 Porsche 911 Carrera S, available now to order ahead of deliveries slated to begin this summer. (The same goes for the all-wheel-drive Carrera 4 version.) Instead, take it as an endorsement: Each time Stuttgart sets out to reintroduce the car that has, arguably, affected more impact on an automotive marque’s fortunes than any other nameplate, a fair amount of hand-wringing from the faithful—owners and dreamers alike—accompanies the build-up: Is this the revision that will cock it all up?
The ‘I almost died laughing’ award for the most entertaining road-going 911
It has to be the 2017 991 GT2 RS. You don’t need to know much more than that this was made by people who thought putting 691bhp through the rear wheels of a 911 was a good idea. And they were right. It’s brilliant, the kind of car that turns a track day into an obstacle course and is scary enough to ensure you stay focussed, but not so scary as to make you want to leave it in the shed.
As impressive as the acceleration to 62 mph (100 kph) is, we’re blown away by what happens after it hits that mark since the Carrera S only needs approximately 7 seconds to double its velocity. That’s right – the sprint from a standstill to 124 mph (200 kph) takes just 10 seconds. With the Carrera S being one of the lesser models of what will be a massive 992 range, you can imagine what the hotter derivatives will be capable of once Porsche will roll out the Turbo, not to mention the all-conquering Turbo S.