The evolution of the legend, in raw numbers

The new-for-2020 Porsche 911 992-gen has finally been unveiled in L.A., and it’s impressive, although you might not be able to tell with the naked eye. That’s why we’re taking a decisively geeky look at the performance stats that make up the 992-generation of, arguably, Germany’s most famous sports car and we pit them against the numbers of the old 991 model. Here’s a hint: the new one is better!

The battle of the numbers between the 991 and the 992

Performance Comparison: 2019 Porsche 911 991 vs 2020 Porsche 911 992
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Porsche finally took the wraps off the new 992-generation Porsche 911, the eighth embodiment of the rear-engined legend. And yes, it’s still rear-engined, despite Porsche sticking the engine in front of the rear axle on the Le Mans-winning GT car. As you can tell from the images, the new car is wider than the, by now, old 991 and it uses this one body for the whole model range. For a 911 fan, it’s easy to tell the two models apart but, beyond that passionate bunch, we can safely say that Porsche chose to focus on minute details when it came to restyling the 911.

That’s why we’re now taking a look over the officially-released numbers of the 911. We don’t know all of them right now, like, for instance, the torque figures, but we do know some interesting bits. First off, Porsche only presented the Carrera S and 4S models today, without mentioning the basic Carrera that will drop sometime early next year.

These two models will share the twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter flat-6 engine that develops 443 horsepower. That's 23 horsepower more than the old Carrera S.

It’s an engine that’s related to the one under the hood of the 991 Carrera GTS and that one put out 406 pound-feet of torque so expect the torque levels of the new S and 4S models to be in that area.

Performance Comparison: 2019 Porsche 911 991 vs 2020 Porsche 911 992
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With all that power on tap, the Carerra S sprints to 62 mph in just 3.7 seconds while the 4S goes 0.1 seconds quicker, both when equipped with the brand-new 8-speed gearbox that’s already been designed to host hybrid components. There’s no information on how fast the cars will go with the upcoming 7-speed manual, though. In any case, those times are some 0.4 seconds quicker than their predecessors and, with the Sport Chrono Pack in place, you get off the line 0.2 seconds quicker.

To put it into perspective, with the Sport Chrono Pack installed, the new Carrera 4S is about 0.6 seconds quicker to 62 mph than the 911-generation 911 GT3 and only half a second behind the GT2 RS.

All that in spite the fact that the 4S should weigh around 3,527 pounds, almost 400 pounds heavier than the outgoing GT3. This is quite nice when you think that the 4S has an MSRP of about $125,500 compared to the ludicrous $293,000 asking price of a GT2 RS.

Performance Comparison: 2019 Porsche 911 991 vs 2020 Porsche 911 992
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Finally, the new Carrera S has a top speed of 191 mph while the 4S tops out at 190 mph which is about the same as the old models. While there’s no official word on it yet, expect the base Carrera model to bring about 390 horsepower to the table, 20 over what it had before. Oh, and the new car is 5 seconds quicker around the Nurburgring-Nordschleife than the old one...

Drivetrain Specifications - 2020 Porsche 911 Carrera S vs. 2019 Porsche 911 Carrera S

2020 Porsche 911 Carrera S 2019 Porsche 911 Carrera
Cylinder layout / number of cylinders Boxer 6 Twin-Turbo Twin-turbocharged boxer 6
Displacement 3.0 l 3.0 l
Engine layout Rear engine Rear engine
Max. Power 443 HP @ 6,500 RPM 420 HP @ 6,500 RPM
Torque 390 LB-FT @ 2,300-5,000 RPM 368 LB-FT @ 1,700-5,000 RPM
Top Track Speed 191 mph PDK 191 mph (manual) 190 mph (PDK)
Acceleration 0 - 60 mph 3.5 sec PDK / 3.3 sec (PDK with Sport Chrono) 4.1 sec manual (3.9 sec PDK; 3.7 sec (PDK with Sport Chrono))

Drivetrain Specifications - 2020 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S Vs. 2019 Porsche 911 Carrera S

2020 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S 2019 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S
Cylinder layout / number of cylinders Boxer 6 Twin-Turbo Twin-turbocharged boxer 6
Displacement 3.0 l 3.0 l
Engine layout Rear engine Rear engine
Max. Power 443 HP @ 6,500 RPM 420 HP @ 6,500 RPM
Torque 390 LB-FT @ 2,300-5,000 RPM 368 LB-FT @ 1,700-5,000 RPM
Top Track Speed 190 mph PDK 189 mph (manual) 188 mph (PDK)
Acceleration 0 - 60 mph 3.4 sec PDK / 3.2 sec (PDK with Sport Chrono) 4.0 sec (3.8 sec PDK / 3.6 sec (PDK with Sport Chrono))

Further Reading

Performance Comparison: 2019 Porsche 911 991 vs 2020 Porsche 911 992
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The 2020 Porsche 911 is Faster and More Powerful Than Ever Before

2020 Porsche 911 Exterior Spyshots
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Read our full speculative review on the 2020 Porsche 911

2017 Porsche 911 High Resolution Exterior
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Read our full review of the base, 2017 Porsche 911

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