All-wheel-drive Carrera 4 joins new Porsche 911 lineup

  • All-wheel-drive Carrera 4 joins new Porsche 911 lineup

All-wheel-drive Carrera 4 joins new Porsche 911 lineup

Porsche is making room in its 911 Carrera stable for a pair of new all-wheel-drive 2020 models, following up this summer's reveal of the base model in the 992 generation and last fall's debut of the 911 Carrera S in Los Angeles. The Carrera 4 uses the same engine as the base Carrera, a twin-turbo 3.0-litre flat six producing 283kW at 6,500rpm and 440Nm of torque from 1,950 to 5,000rpm. Fitted with the standard 8-speed PDK (Porsche Doppelkupplung) transmission, the 2020 911 Carrera 4 accelerates from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 4.0 seconds. Porsche estimates a 0-100km/h time of 4.2 seconds for the coupe or 4.0 seconds with the optional Sport Chrono Package. Both times represent an improvement of 0.1 seconds compared to the previous 911 Carrera 4 Coupe with PDK.

The 911 Carrera 4 Cabriolet is a tad slower as the dash to 60 miles per hour (96 km/h) takes 4.0 seconds with the Sport Chrono Package and 4.2 seconds without it. Top speed is 180 miles per hour and 179 miles per hour, respectively. The axle's clutch and differential have been reinforced and feature a water-cooling system, and this in turn has resulted in better traction, according to Porsche. The increased actuating torques at the clutch improve the latter's adjustment accuracy and thus the capability of the driven front axle. As far as Porsche is concerned, there should be a 911 for everyone who can afford them, whether they want a basic, driver-focused auto or a hardcore track attacker or a loaded, cushy continent-crusher.

All-wheel-drive Carrera 4 joins new Porsche 911 lineup

Speaking of performance, the models come standard with a Porsche Active Suspension Management system which features Normal and Sport modes. The Carrera 4 Cabriolet is slightly off the pace, requiring 4.0 seconds to achieve the same feat. They are wrapped in 235/40-size tires at the front and 295/35 at the rear. In fact, most of the 4's technical make-up is unchanged; you'll find the same PASM chassis tech with variable dampers, 19 front and 20-inch rear wheels, along with 330mm brake discs all-round, either of standard cast-iron or optional ceramic forms. They are grabbed by four-piston calipers with a black finish. Both the Coupe and Cabriolet get the same full-width LED light strip across the rear. The only visual distinction between the standard 911 Carrera 4 and the 911 Carrera 4S derivatives are the exhaust openings in the rear fascia. Carrera 4 models feature "one rectangular, single-tube tailpipe on each side, while the 4S models are fitted with a set of round twin-tailpipes on each side". Tick the options box next to the sport exhaust system and the standard tailpipes are replaced by two oval-shaped units.

The roll-out of Porsche 911 variants continues with the launch of the 911 Carrera 4, slated to arrive in Australia during the fourth quarter of 2019.