Porsche Reveals Carrera 4 Coupe and Cabrio
They're the all-wheel drive versions of the base model of the 911
With the previous generation of Porsche’s 911 having what seems like close to 50 variants (ok, closer to 30 really) it’s no surprise that the all-new model is also starting to fill out a catalogue. The latest is one of the simplest models in the line. The 2020 Carrera 4 and Carrera 4 Cabriolet.
They’re the all-wheel drive versions of the base model of the 911, arriving in both hardtop and open-top models. But, like all 911s, base is quite a relative term.
After all, they both get a twin-turbo 3.0L flat six engine, which Porsche says get model-specific turbos. With 379 hp from 6,500 rpm and 331 lb-ft of torque over a massively wide range of 1,950 to 5,000 rpm, the new Carrera 4 models get plenty of power and 9 hp more than the outgoing versions.
Both get a standard eight-speed PDK dual-clutch gearbox that takes full advantage of the 235-width front and 295-width rear tires. That allows for a run from 0-100 km/h of just 4.4 seconds or 4.2 seconds for cars fitted with the optional Sport Chrono package. Steel roof cars can hit 291 km/h flat-out and soft top cars can do 289.
Like the 4S which was previously revealed, the Carrera 4 cars get a water-cooled front clutch and differential unit that’s beefed up to improve durability. The stronger clutches allow Porsche to send more power to the front axle as well, potentially increasing grip for the all-weather 911.
The standard Porsche Active Suspension Management dampers offer Normal and Sport modes that trade ride quality for handling on-demand. The electronically-controlled limited slip rear diff with torque vectoring control that’s standard on 4S is optional here. 13.0-inch brakes come as standard with Porsche’s ceramic brakes on the options list.
Setting the 4 and the more powerful 4S apart visually are new exhaust openings in the rear bumper. A single rectangular exhaust on each side of the 4 to the two pairs of twin-pipes on the S. Otherwise, these cars get the same new wider body and full-width taillight as the S models.
Inside, this is the same as the rest of the 911 lineup. With the classic central tachometer instrument cluster and Porsche’s latest 10.9-inch touchscreen.
The Porsche 911 Carrera 4 Coupe will start from $119,300 in Canada, with the Cabrio at $133,900. Both are available to order now and expected to arrive at dealers early next year.