New Porsche 911 Carrera takes "entry-level" to another level

Some examples of human ingenuity are destined to survive as long as humans exist. Fire, the wheel, writing, language, and of course, the Porsche 911 Carrera.

Granted the 911 isn't quite as old as the other examples, but we'll probably have given up on something as old fashioned as pencil and paper long before Porsche stops building them. Especially as Porsche has recently announced the 8th generation of the Carrera is here.

This is supposedly the entry-level 911 - and technically speaking it is - but it's not a surprise to hear that term is utterly meaningless in this case. Even the base model offers you an awful lot, and if you're looking to upgrade your car lease for something a little special you really should take it seriously.

For a start you can choose either a coupe or convertible, both of which boast a newly designed exterior and interior. The engine produces an extra 15bhp or so more than the last Carrera, and the new models share a lot of the standard features found further up the range in the Carrera S. It may be the base model. But it's far from basic.

2020 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet

The new interior is almost unchanged from the Carrera S and gives you a good mix of technology and high quality finish. There's a 10.9-inch touchscreen, comprehensive connectivity, and driver aids such as Wet Mode that ensures safer handling when the heavens open. It also goes without saying that the interior will be comfortable, beautifully laid out for the driver, and quiet too. It is a Porsche after all. You may get slightly smaller wheels and a less impressive looking exhaust, but does that really matter? The new Porsche 911 Carrera offers easy access to supercar performance that you really can use on a daily basis. That's what really matters.

When you choose a Porsche what you're really buying into is what's under the skin. The precision engineering that goes into one of the most iconic cars in history. Like the S version the new 911 Carrera is designed for performance ind the engine, chassis, and brakes are optimised for this purpose. The 3.0-litre, six-cylinder engine uses a biturbo setup to produce some 380bhp, driving the rear wheels through an eight-speed, dual clutch gearbox. Not many base models can hit 60mph in 4 seconds and go on to 180mph. You can also add a sports pack that shaves 0.2 seconds off the sprint. Although why? is probably the most obvious question.

2020 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe

What's more to the point is that you can get that performance when you want. When you don't you can conceivably achieve something in the region of 30mpg - the convertible actually offers an extra few hundred yards in fuel consumption. Either way the choice of coupe or convertible is one of aesthetics rather than economics, and that means your Porsche 911 Carrera won't cost supercar money to run. As daft as it may sound when attached to a Porsche, the Carrera is a more affordable Porsche lease option than you might realise.

Think about it. You get higher levels of performance than most other cars. You get handling capabilities that are astoundingly good. You get relatively low running costs and a practical car for every day. All that wrapped up in one of the most recognisable shapes ever, and if anyone ever says anything, you can hold your hands up and humbly announce that you drive an "entry-level" model. What's not to like about that?

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