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2020 Porsche 911 Carrera revealed, here late 2019

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  • 2020 Porsche 911 Carrera revealed, here late 2019

    Porsche has finally unveiled the base 911 Carrera, with detuned version of the Carrera S's twin-turbo flat-six engine and a starting price of $229,500 before on-road costs.

    That's just over $2000 more than the previous-generation 911 Carrera with a PDK, although the new car justifies its minor price rise with a more upmarket interior, more power than before, and a range of new driver technologies.

    Like the 911 Carrera S revealed in Los Angeles last year, the new 911 Carrera is powered by a twin-turbocharged 3.0-litre flat-six. But it's been detuned to make 283kW of power and 450Nm of torque – up 11kW on the outgoing base model, but down 48kW on the Carrera S.

    Porsche says you can blame smaller turbo compressors for the slightly lower power output.*The sprint to 100km/h takes 4.2 seconds (4.0 seconds with Sport Chrono specced) with the eight-speed PDK transmission, and top speed is 293km/h.

    Porsche claims 9.0L/100km on the combined cycle for the 911 Coupe and 9.2L/100km for the Cabriolet, although those figures were obtained on the more lenient NEDC test cycle. Figures for Australian-spec cars haven't been announced yet.

    Standard equipment includes a set of 19-inch alloy wheels on the front axle wrapped in 235/40 ZR tyres, and 20-inch alloys with 295/35 ZR tyres on the rear axle, while stopping is handled by 330mm brake discs with four-piston calipers.

    Despite the similarities between the Carrera and Carrera S, there are a few ways to set them apart: the former has smaller wheels and brakes, and 'individual tailpipe covers' on the exhaust. It's only available as a widebody, however, as with the entire 'new' 911 range.

    Inside, the Carrera is offered standard with the same 10.9-inch touchscreen display in the middle of its dashboard, with the same five-dial setup in front of the driver.

    The same array of driver assists will also be offered on both the Carrera and Carrera S. Wet Mode, a system that detects when there's water on the road and adjusts the driver assists accordingly, will be offered.

    In Australia, standard equipment will include lane-change assist, heated 14-way 'comfort' front seats, the Bose surround sound system, DAB radio, keyless entry and start, metallic paint, a reversing camera and auto-dimming mirrors.

    It'll be here in the fourth quarter of 2019, with the all-wheel drive Carrera 4 to follow soon.

    2020 Porsche 911 pricing

    • 911 Carrera - $229,500
    • 911 Carrera Cabriolet - $251,000
    • 911 Carrera S - $264,400
    • 911 Carrera 4S - $280,700
    • 911 Carrera S Cabriolet - $286,100
    • 911 Carrera 4S Cabriolet - $302,200

    All prices exclude on-road costs.*

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