The 992-generation of the Porsche 911 will arrive next month at the LA Auto Show. However, we already have information about the new car’s powertrain and launch schedule thanks to CarandDriver who recently took the 992 for a ride-along-development drive.
Starting with the powertrain, the base Carrera will now be offered with 385 hp while the more powerful Carrera S will produce 450 hp thanks to a re-tuned 3.0-liter twin-turbo flat-6. The Carrera and Carrera S are rated at 370 hp and 420 hp respectively for their current generations. The 7 speed manual transmission is retained but the 7-speed dual clutch PDK has been replaced by an 8-speed PDK unit.
The Carrera models will arrive in US showrooms next summer as 2020 models. The Carrera S and Carrera 4S will be the first to reach dealerships with the optional 8-speed PDK. Cabriolet versions of both the cars will follow shortly thereafter. The base Carrera and Carrera 4 will reach dealerships after the S models a few months later. These will come equipped with a 7-speed manual and 8-speed PDK. The manual transmission variants of the S models will launch around the same time. All Carrera models will now come with wide body which is normally offered with all-wheel drive, sportier S, and Turbo models.
But, that’s not all. After all, it’s the 911 we are talking about. More variations of the car will be released in 2019 including the Turbo and Turbo S. The 992 will be offered in Targa guise again but we don’t know when it will reach showroom floors. Then there are the GT3 and GT3 RS models that have already been spotted testing. These might retain their naturally aspirated engines as a recent spy video from Monza suggests.
Eventually, the 992 will be the first generation of the 911 that will be offered with a hybrid option. But, we don’t expect the model to launch before the end of this decade.