LOS ANGELES — The eighth-generation Porsche 911 is more evolutionary than revolutionary. For a design icon, that's a good thing.
The 2020 911 retains Porsche's venerable design DNA but receives upgrades in performance, a new interior layout and 21st century driving conveniences. It debuted at the Los Angeles Auto Show late Tuesday.
The 911 is to Porsche what the Wrangler is to Jeep, noted Sam Fiorani, vice president with AutoForecast Solutions.
"Purists expect it to be there, relatively unchanged," Fiorani said. "Mess with the 911, and expect a riot among Porsche fanatics."
The 2020 911 Carrera S starts at $114,250, while the Carrera 4S starts at $121,650. Both prices include shipping. The models are expected to arrive at U.S. dealerships in the summer.
The turbocharged, flat-six engine on the next-generation 911 Carrera S and 911 Carrera 4S produces 443 hp. That's an increase of 23 hp compared with the outgoing model.
Equipped with an eight-speed PDK dual-clutch transmission as standard, the rear-wheel-drive 911 Carrera S Coupe does 0 to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds, while the 911 Carrera 4S Coupe with all-wheel drive achieves it in 3.4 seconds. The performance makes both cars 0.4 second faster than outgoing models. The optional Sport Chrono Package shaves the times of both models by an additional 0.2 second.
The top track speeds are 191 mph for the Carrera S and 190 mph for the awd version. A manual transmission will be offered later.