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Tested: Porsche 992 911 is seriously quick in the real world

By Cameron Kirby, 27 Jun 2019 News

Tested: Porsche 992 911 is seriously quick in the real world

Our independent testing reveals real-world Porsche 911 Carrera 4S 0-100km/h, quarter mile and 0-200km/h time

Porsche’s latest generation 911 has some seriously impressive real-world performance, and we have the receipts to prove it.

We had the 2019 Porsche 992 911 Carrera 4S in the office and took the opportunity to conduct some independent performance testing.

History tells us that Porsche often understates the capabilities of its cars, so it was with eager anticipation that we lined the Carrera 4S up at Heathcote drag strip to put it through our performance testing regime.

Weather conditions were sunny, dry, with an ambient temperature of eight degrees centigrade. Almost perfect. Not that Porsche needs optimal conditions; Wheels once tested a 991.2 GTS Cabriolet in the rain and was still able to beat the official claimed figure from Stuttgart.

Porsche claims the Carrera 4S will crack 100km/h from a standstill in 3.6 seconds. With the optional sport chrono pack – which our test vehicle had fitted – that figure drops to 3.4 seconds.

And you can take that number to the bank, with our test vehicle perfectly replicating Porsche’s claimed figure.

Wheels deputy editor Andy Enright conducted the testing and returned repeatable numbers multiple passes.

Want to know the secret to getting a fast acceleration figure out of the 992? Well, there isn’t one. Put into Sport Plus driving mode, You simply wind it up on the brake, release, and hold on while it rockets away from the line.

Other than the initial jolt as the tyres grip up, hard acceleration in the 992 is rather undramatic - there’s no theatre and spectacle, just brutally efficient speed.

Keep your boot in it and the 992 will be breaking the speed limit (unless you’re in the Northern Territory) after 4.0 seconds, and 200km/h is dispatched in 12.0 seconds.

If you are thinking of heading to the drag strip with the 4S, you can expect a timeslip of 11.6 sec @195.8km/h.

In-gear acceleration is also mighty, with the 4S recording 2.2 seconds for 80-120km/h.

As part of our comprehensive testing process, Wheels also conducts a 100-0km/h braking test, with the 992 hauling itself to a stop in 2.4 sec, covering 33.5 metres in that time.

It’s important to remember the Carrera 4S will sit at the bottom end of the 911 range. While the base Carrera, Carrera 4, and Carrera 2S sit below it, there are the GTS, Turbo, and GT variants on the way, which all promise to be even faster in a straight line.

To give you a little context on the new 992’s straight-line ability, the famed McLaren F1’s 0-100km/h time is 3.2 seconds, with a quarter mile figure of 10.9 sec @ 215km/h. Porsche’s fearsome 997 911 GT2 RS will reach 100km/h in 3.3 sec, with the quarter mile dispatched in 11.0 sec flat.

Check out the full performance figures for the 2019 Porsche 992 911 below:


0.3 sec


0.6 sec


0.8 sec


1.2 sec


1.5 sec


1.8 sec


2.1 sec


2.5 sec


3.0 sec


3.4 sec


4.0 sec


4.7 sec


5.3 sec


6.0 sec


6.8 sec


7.7 sec


8.7 sec


9.7 sec


10.8 sec


12.0 sec


2.2 sec


11.6 sec @195.8km/h


2.4 sec (33.5 metres)