Say Hello to the 992-generation 911 Carrera coupe and cabriolet.
Much like George Lucas did with the Star Wars movies, Porsche enjoys debuting new models of the latest generation vehicle in question without any regard to chronological order. For example, Porsche debuted the 992-generation of 911 by first bringing the Carrera S model to market. Though the car came in coupe and cabriolet guises for the sake of variety, with each model being available with rear-wheel drive or Porsche's "4" all-wheel drive system, that left the debut of the lower-tier non-S Carrera for another day.
Well, as it turns out, that day is today because Porsche has just pulled the wraps off of the 992-generation 911 Carrera in both coupe and cabriolet forms. The cars are currently only available with rear-wheel drive powertrains, but all-wheel drive Carrara 4 models should be available soon.
Like the 911 Carrera S, the new 911 Carrera packs a 3.0-liter twin-turbo flat-six engine that makes 379 horsepower and 331 pound-feet of torque, which is sent to the wheels through an eight-speed dual-clutch gearbox. That means the new Carrera has 15 horsepower more than the 991.2-generation Carrera had. At full tilt, it allows the Carrera coupe to rocket from 0-60 mph in 4.0 seconds, though that can drop to 3.8 seconds when the car is equipped with the optional Sport Chrono Package. The cabriolet, on the other hand, will make the same sprint in 4.2 seconds without the help of the Sport Chrono Package, or 4.0-seconds flat with it.
That puts all versions of the Carrera, with or without the Sport Chrono Package, 0.5 seconds behind their rear-wheel drive Carrera S counterparts. The difference is carved out by the Carrera S' 64 horsepower and 59 lb-ft premium over both Carrera models.
Aside from the exterior badges, it will be pretty tough to distinguish between Carrera and Carrera S models, with the former only advertising its power deficiency through smaller wheels and brakes as well as individual tailpipe covers on the exhaust system. The Carrera's interior is identical to the Carrera S', with a high-quality cabin defining the experience and a 10.9-inch touchscreen display serving as the medium between the driver and the 911's tech.
That tech includes new features like Porsche's Wet Mode, which detects a damp road and alters braking and stability control for optimal traction, and the Porsche Active Suspension Management system that uses adaptive dampers to help drivers cruise along in Normal mode or carve corners with more intent in Sport mode. Drivers with serious track ambitions will want to opt for Porsche's Ceramic Composite Brakes or the Carrera S' staggered 20- and 21-inch wheels, which are optional on the Carrera. While the base Carrera is technically the "cheap" 911, it'll still cost a pretty penny, with the coupe starting at $98,750 and the cabriolet going for $111,550 (both figures including destination). If this sounds perfect to you (a European customer), then run to the Porsche dealership because both cars are already available to order.