Carrera. An evocative name for all lovers of exceptional cars, firstly because it refers to the legendary Carrera Panamericana, an extremely difficult race, but also because it is inseparable from Porsche, which won class victories there, including one in 1953 in the small sports car category aboard a 550 Spyder. It was repeatedly placed next to the three legendary numbers for Stuttgart's most timeless sports car, the 911. But if you add the letter "S" to the term "911 Carrera" and the term "Cabriolet", you get the quintessence of the Carrera spirit for this model. You're thinking about buying such a sporty car? Discover now our opinion on the latest iteration of this model, the 2020 Porsche 911 Carrera S Cabriolet, which we were able to test drive near Longueuil thanks to Porsche Rive-Sud, your reference Porsche dealer in the eponymous sector in St-Hubert.
We met our 2020 Porsche 911 Carrera S Cabriolet in the Porsche Rive-Sud parking lot not far from Longueuil. Some will say that it's still a Porsche 911, and that its silhouette hasn't changed at all since it was launched in 1964. And somehow, they would be right. The silhouette of our model is indeed recognizable among a thousand at first glance in St-Hubert: it's a true classic. Yet, it's surprisingly avant-garde in terms of design, as you'd expect from Porsche, which has been successfully reinterpreting its iconic sports car for over 56 years now.
With oval headlights, front wings curved in the exact extension of the headlights, a muscular profile and a 964-generation taillight strip running across the full width of the rear end: the 911 Carrera S Cabriolet Type 992 is a real eye-catcher in this variant, especially in the chalk colour that used to be used to dress it up. Add to this the red hood and the superb 20/21" Carrera Classic wheels that equipped our model, and you get a sleek and athletic exterior design that honours the timeless style of the legendary Porsche 911 lineage. You already know what we think of the bodywork of our 911 Carrera S Convertible: it's got a lot of charm, and we love it!
Honouring its heritage with its exterior style is good. To do so with specifications worthy of it and of the Zuffenhausen builder's coat of arms is even better! And that's clearly what our Porsche sports convertible offers. Indeed, this one is driven by the eternal flat-six, which alone represents the soul of the Porsche 911 since its debut. Here, it's a flat-six turbocharged six-cylinder engine with a displacement of 3.0 litres and generating 443 horsepower and 390 lb-ft of torque. Pure powertrain, this model was also equipped with the excellent 8-speed PDK dual-clutch transmission with the Sport Chrono Package.
Thus rigged, our 911 is capable, on paper, of going from 0 to 100 km/h in only 3.7 seconds, for a top speed of 306 km/h on the track. The most amazing thing about all this? The theoretical energy-efficient performance announced by Porsche Canada, which is worthy of the best supercars. According to the Canadian branch of the manufacturer, you'll only need 10.2 L/100 km with the PDK transmission in the extra-urban cycle to enjoy absolutely unequalled capabilities all the way to Longueuil. Amazing! All that remains is to check out the steering wheel in hand, which we can't wait to do!
We now take our place inside our sporty Porsche convertible. But we refrain from starting the test drive to first admire the interior of our 2020 Porsche 911 Carrera S Cabriolet. And as usual at Porsche, we are in awe, if only because of the interior design. The latter is just like Porsche itself: refined, with its sleek and straight dashboard, and highly technological, with the screen in the centre of the dashboard perfectly integrated into it. Add to this the fact that our model had a two-tone interior in burgundy red and chalk, and flawless ergonomics, with the steering wheel in optimal grip and the iconic five-dial dashboard, and you have a cockpit entirely dedicated to dynamic driving.
However, our Porsche 911 makes no concessions when it comes to on-board technology and comfort. From the 18-way power front seats, matte carbon inserts on the dashboard, doors, and centre console to Burmester's premium audio system, we had everything we could dream of for our test drive before we even set off!
Now it's time for us to wake up our 911 Carrera S Cabriolet Type 992. Once its flat-six started, we set off to turn right on Boulevard des Promenades towards the 30. The first few metres of the 911's first few metres are astonishing: while the 911 offers firm damping, it absorbs the unevenness of the road surprisingly well, without ever feeling uncomfortable. We turn on the Chemin de Chambly, then on the insertion lane to take the Autoroute de l'Acier, and second observation: the direction is relatively direct and precise, but gentle. It also gives us a lot of feedback, which is ideal for a sports car!
Now it's time to get on the 30 and judge the acceleration capabilities of our 911. And in keeping with its reputation, which it has been honing for over five decades, the 911 is not shy. No sooner have we tickled the right pedal and blinked our eyes than we're already at max speed on the highway. Then we hit the first curve in the Promenades Saint-Bruno area: the 2020 911 Carrera S Cabriolet can be placed where we want it, while at the same time containing all the roll and maintaining excellent comfort. Once we've passed this point, we opt for a first overtaking manoeuvre, then a second one, on the stretch in an almost straight line that ends at the point where the 30 crosses the Trans-Canada Highway. It accelerates each time hard, very hard even. Our 911 overtakes are amazing, especially since we're driving with our hair upwind (Editor's note: we had the top down before we left). We arrive at our second fast turn just before the Hydro-Québec station in Boucherville: the Porsche holds the road like we've never seen it before!
But unfortunately, it is already time to take the next exit to go back in the opposite direction. But before that, last test: the brakes. To do this, we suddenly apply them when we leave the highway. Fortunately, we had checked in the inside mirror that nobody was following us closely, the car brakes as hard as it accelerates!
Easy to handle, firmly suspended yet comfortable, and offering authentic sporty handling and unparalleled performance in the open air on Montreal's South Shore: our Porsche 911 convertible once again confirms its status as the absolute benchmark among sports convertibles. Now, all you have to do is make up your own mind by taking a test drive of the incredible 2020 Porsche 911 Carrera S Cabriolet. To do so, contact Porsche Rive-Sud, your Porsche dealer of choice in St-Hubert today! We will take this opportunity to help you discover the Porsche offers and Porsche financing programs which will allow you to return home at the wheel of your own Porsche. We look forward to seeing you soon at our dealership!
Date Posted: September 11, 2020