The Porsche 911 gets better by the generation and here’s the hard proof

With every new 911 generation, Porsche doesn’t forget to mention that it is the best 911 to date and equally important, the best 911 it can be at the moment of launch. This, however, doesn’t make past-gen 911s weak, for the simple reason that Porsche wholeheartedly invest all its know-how into its core sportscar, regardless of the age they came to be.

So when Throttle House dropped a video that compares the current 2020 911 to the 2010 911, our interest piqued.

Respect your elders but also fear them

The 997-gen Carrera S got a revamp in 2009. Perhaps the most notable change was Porsche’s new doppelkupplungsgetriebe (aka the PDK), which came to join the existing manual. But even without the PDK, the 997 911 was more than able to pull its own weight.

385 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque made sure the Neunelfer and its 3.8-liter all-aluminum flat-six could zap from 0 to 60 mph in as quick as 3.9 seconds according to Car and Driver tests, while the quarter mile was conquered in 12.4 seconds at 114 mph.

A Decade Apart: Manual 2020 Porsche 911 Carrera S vs. 2010 Porsche 911 Carrera S
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With the 2020 911, Porsche changed the recipe a bit.

In the sense that the PDK version came out first, followed by the manual as an optional feature. That’s the world of cars today: manuals are just add-ons, even though Porsche doesn’t charge extra for it.

The seven-speed manual inside the 992 911 has to extract the best it can out of a twin-turbo 3.0-liter flat-six making 443 horsepower and 390 pound-feet of torque. That’s considerably more power from a lesser displacement, and while not as swift as the PDK on a track, the manual will make your heart sing more often.

A Decade Apart: Manual 2020 Porsche 911 Carrera S vs. 2010 Porsche 911 Carrera S
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That said, do check out the video we talked about earlier on. It’s filled with juicy details about how the two manuals work in two cars that although come from the same lineage, are a lot more different than you’d expect.

Tudor Rus
Assistant Content Manager - Automotive Expert - tudor@topspeed.com
Tudor’s first encounter with cars took place when he was only a child. Back then, his father brought home a Trabant 601 Kombi and a few years later, a Wartburg 353. At that time, he was too young to know how they worked and way too young to drive them, but he could see one thing – each of them had a different ethos and their own unique personality. As time went on, he started seeing that in other cars as well, and his love for the automobile was born.  Read More
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