Finally, there’s a new Porsche in sight of the paycheck of this Cincinnati mechanic. Priced at $106,290 with only $7540 in options, the base 2020 Porsche 911 may be a 6-figure car, but just barely.
But word on the street is this latest edition still packs the kind of power you’d expect from a Porsche.
First, there are 4 add-ons available for this baseline Porsche: a Sport Exhaust system ($2950); the Sport Chrono package, which includes launch control ($2720); Lane Change Assist, which most other automakers call blind-spot detection ($1060); and Sport Seats Plus ($810).
Metrics Can Be Deceiving
And while its horsepower figure of only 379 from its twin-turbo 3.0-liter flat-six may not sound like much (a V-6 Camry has similar power but costs a third as much), that is actually a little deceptive, points out Car & Driver in its latest review:
“In the new-for-2020 992-generation 911, an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission—PDK in Porsche parlance—replaces the previous seven-speed unit. Its general brilliance in terms of both quickness and smoothness is familiar, although the car we drove did bobble a couple of shifts before it was fully up to temperature. Also familiar is Porsche’s simple and extremely effective launch-control function, which revs the engine to 5000 rpm before dropping the hammer and perfectly slipping the clutch. The engine speed never drops below 4000 rpm as the car makes a smooth and very swift departure. And it is happy to repeat this launch-toward-the-horizon routine just as often as you’d like. Although we weren’t able to test this car, we’re confident that the base 911 will hit 60 mph in 3.2 seconds and fly through the quarter-mile in 11.5 seconds, which should make it 0.1- and 0.3-second quicker, respectively, than the 2017 911 Carrera with the PDK that we previously tested. Those estimates also would make the base car 0.3-second slower than the 443-hp Carrera S in both measures.”
Sounds good to us! It’s nice to know that even if this Porsche doesn’t pack the metrics, it still packs the power. And it’s actually affordable for your average Porsche mechanic — a win-win!