2020 Porsche 911 Carrera: Why I’d Buy It – Angus MacKenzie

by Lawana Perkins | Posted on Sunday, June 23rd, 2019

My version of the American dream? A Porsche 911 in the garage. And now that the kids are gone and the house is nearly paid off, I can almost see it there, glinting seductively under the lights.

2020 Porsche 911 Carrera

But which 911? I’d love a GT2 RS, the 691-hp alpha-dog of the current lineup, the most explosively epic expression of the 911 you can drive on the road. There’s just one not-so-tiny problem: At $293,200, it’s way out of my price range.

Sure, there are quicker 911s. But out in the real world, on real-world roads, this entry-level model—a car still capable of 183 mph, mind you—is as joyously engaging as any of them.

Porsche is a master of temptation, offering no fewer than five optional alloy wheels, four optional interior trim materials, and eight optional interior colorways for the Carrera. You can spend less than $200 apiece on decorative doodads like an aluminum-look gas cap or black gloss door handles. Or you can drop $8,520 on carbon-ceramic brakes. For $11,430 you can even get it painted a custom color. There’s no need. The Carrera is perfect out of the box.

As much as I love it, I wouldn’t bother spending $3,210 for the superb PDK dual-clutch transmission, as the standard seven-speed stick is perfectly suited to the Carrera’s mood and manners. I wouldn’t bother with the $2,090 Sport Chrono pack, either, as the car is just as quick to 60 mph without it, according to Porsche’s own numbers.

For $92,350 I get an automotive icon that’s been lovingly polished, honed, refined, and reimagined for more than half a century. The entry-level Carrera is Porsche’s lodestar in its simplest, purest form. And it’s a genuine 24/7 supercar, just as at ease mooching out for a morning coffee as it is carving turns on a winding backroad. I know it will have me tingling in anticipation every time I reach for the key.


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