When the latest generation of the Porsche 911, the 992, debuted earlier this year, it was only in Carrera S form. Today, Porsche is rolling out the base Carrera. As before, it uses a 3.0-liter twin-turbo flat-six, but now, the engine makes 379 horsepower—nine more than the last Carrera—and 331 lb-ft of torque.
The differences between the new base Carrera and the Carrera S aren't huge. The engine in the former uses smaller turbine and compressor wheels within its two turbochargers and runs lower boost pressure. Like the Carrera S it's mated to an eight-speed PDK gearbox as standard, while a manual should arrive at some point in the coming months.
Both the Carrera and Carrera S get adaptive dampers as standard, though you can't get the lowered, stiffened "Sport" suspension with the base car. Base Carrera buyers won't be able to option either rear-wheel steering, or a limited-slip differential either. Those options might be available in a future version of the purist-aimed Carrera T.
As standard, the Carrera gets smaller wheels—19s up front and 20s in the rear—and smaller brakes, too. Though with 13-inch discs all around and four-piston calipers up front, the brakes aren't tiny. You can also order carbon-ceramic brakes, if they strike your fancy.
Porsche says the new Carrera will hit 60 mph in 4.0 seconds dead, which is two tenths quicker than the last model. Option the Sport Chrono package, and that time is shaved by a further 0.2 seconds, while the Carrera Cabriolet adds 0.2 seconds to the 0-60 mph run. Top speed for the coupe is 182 mph while the Cabriolet hits 180 mph.
The base Carrera coupe carries a $98,750 MSRP and the Cabriolet will cost $111,550. This means the 992 Carrera is around $6000 more than its direct predecessor, but the newer car comes with more standard equipment. Notably, the PDK gearbox, which was a $3210 option before.
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