After an anticipated reveal at the L.A. Auto Show nearly a year ago, the 2020 Porsche 911 is finally here. Aside from sporting a more refined appearance boasting wider wheel arches and a classically shaped front luggage compartment echoing the original model, the 3.0-litre twin-turbocharged motor produces significantly more horsepower than the last generation. And then there’s the tech — the new cars showcase a whole lot of it. Here’s a quick breakdown.
Before even getting into the car, you’ll notice the doors somehow look smoother. That’s because the handles are fully powered and now sit flush with the bodywork, extending outwards only when unlocked.
Climb into the cabin and the combination of old and modern elements is quite evident. The straight lines of the dashboard are inspired by 1970s design, but there’s nothing retro about the nearly four-inch larger 10.9-inch high definition widescreen touch display, which is the command centre for the latest version of Porsche Communication Management (PCM). Not only taking care of infotainment duties, PCM also handles many onboard vehicle functions previously operated using physical buttons.
Porsche Active Suspension comes standard. Essentially electronically variable dynamic dampers that automatically adapt to whatever the current road condition happens to be, drivers may choose between a Normal and Sport setting, the latter firming up settings for enhanced control under higher speeds.
A new safety feature added to the 2020s is Wet Mode, helping maintain grip on slippery surfaces without sacrificing performance. Utilizing acoustic sensors — or microphones in plain language — mounted in the front wheel housings, these fancy devices detect water and can adjust engine output, as well as driver assistance systems like stability and traction management and active aerodynamics, to compensate at the push of a button.