2020 Porsche 911’s New “Wet” Mode Explained

The new Porsche 911 doesn’t look all that different from the model it replaces, but that doesn’t mean it’s not all new. In fact, plenty has changed with the new generation 911, which is not only more powerful than before, but also safer and more comfortable, even under less than ideal conditions.

Among the highlights of the new Porsche 911 is, of course, the new Wet mode, a new assistance system designed for increased stability and driver support on wet-road surfaces.

Porsche shed more light on their innovative assistance system, which uses acoustic sensors in the front wheel wells to detect swirled-up spray water.

The system then preconditions the PSM stability control and PTM traction control in order to intervene earlier and more sensitively than normal. It also prompts the driver via a warning light to manually switch to ‘Wet’ mode via the mode switch on the steering wheel.

When the new ‘Wet’ mode is activated, everything is primed to reduce the risk of aquaplaning; from 55mph or about 90km/h, the front cooling air flaps remain open and the active rear spoiler is extended to its “performance” setting for a more secure aerodynamic balance.

At the same time, the torque build-up of the engine becomes smoother and the shift strategy of the eight-speed PDK transmission is also adapted. If the car is equipped with all-wheel drive, the system shifts more torque to the front axle and reduces the locking ratios of the electronically controlled rear differential.

Porsche claims that the new ‘Wet’ model results in a more confidence-inspiring handling under the conditions, without restricting the maximum power from the engine or the top speed of the vehicle. “It should be seen as an assistance system in the truest sense,” said August Achleitner, head of the Porsche 911 model series.

The first two versions of the new Porsche 911 are the Carrera S and Carrera 4S models. Both are powered by a twin-turbo 3.0-liter flat-six engine with 444hp (450PS) and 391lb-ft (530Nm) of peak torque. With the assistance of the new eight-speed PDK dual-clutch transmission, both models require less than 4 seconds for the standard 0-62mph (100km/h) run (Carrera 2S: 3.7 seconds, Carrera 4S: 3.6 seconds).

Porsche’s new ‘Wet’ mode will be offered as standard on all 911 models.

more photos...
  • TheAmerican

    More stuff that will be a problem 10 years after owning it. Why not just keep it simple?

    • salamOOn

      so keep it simple…. sell it after 3 years.

      • Bash

        🤣🤣

    • Bash

      I see your points. Personally I don’t mind the toys and the extra features.

    • Momogg

      I had the same feeling with the 4 Control of Renault, how it will be if you have a problem?

    • D4VE THEFIRST

      Porsche. Most reliable sports car. Year by year.

  • Momogg

    Interesting, thanks for this article.

2020 Ford Puma Has Cute Looks And Is Loaded With Features

The 2020 Ford Puma is based around the Fiesta and includes a fully-digital gauge cluster.

The One Where Top Gear Tested The Fabulous Lamborghini Murcielago SV In Abu Dhabi

Lamborghini only ever built 186 units of the Murcielago LP 670-4 SV instead of the 350 initially planned .

Why Wait For The Black Series When You Can Have O.CT’s 641 HP Mercedes-AMG GT R?

Simply by reprogramming the ECU, the tuner has significantly increased output and, at the same time, reduced consumption.

Audi Q7 Gets A Makeover And Some New Tech

The facelifted Audi Q7 looks quite a lot different than the outgoing model.

All That Jazz: 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS Rolls In Salt Lake City

Merc’s new luxury SUV will be available in the U.S. in GLS 450 and GLS 580 guise, starting from $76k.

New SK Pininfarina Designed For De Rosa Is A Bike For A Special Clientele

Priced at nearly $3k in Italy, the bicycle penned by the famous design house is a luxury item.

2021 Ford Bronco Could Have A 2.3-Liter EcoBoost Four-Cylinder Engine

In the Ranger, the engine produces 270 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque.

Chevrolet Camaro To Be Phased Out After 2023?

GM has been killing cars left and right, and it appears the Camaro could be the next victim.

2020 Jeep Gladiator Gets Three Custom Exhaust Systems From MagnaFlow

The tuner offers three different systems for Jeep’s new pickup truck, with prices starting at $516 .

Lightyear One Prototype Is An Electric Vehicle That Can Be Recharged By The Sun

The solar panels could generate an extra 31-43 miles of range every day.