Porsche has whipped the wraps off the new “entry-level” all-wheel-drive derivatives of the 992-generation 911 Carrera, expanding its current line-up with the 911 Carrera 4 in coupé and cabriolet guise.
As with the rear-wheel-drive 911 Carrera, which was unveiled in July 2019, the 911 Carrera 4 employs a 3,0-litre flat-six twinturbo-petrol engine, producing 283 kW at 6 500 r/min and 450 N.m of torque, which is available between 1 950 r/min and 5 000 r/min. Sending power to all four corners is the Stuttgart-based firm’s eight-speed dual-clutch transmission.
Equipped with the brand's PDK dual-clutch transmission, Porsche says the coupé model will complete the 0-60 mph (96 km/h) dash in 4,0 seconds (or 3,8 seconds with the optional Sports Chrono package), before topping out at 290 km/h, while the soft-top version will get there in 4,2 seconds (specifying the Sports Chrono package sheds two-tenths of a second off the time) and reach a top speed of 288 km/h.
The standard electronically variable damping system offers the driver two modes, namely normal and sport (a fully variable, electronically controlled limited slip rear differential with torque vectoring is an option). Also included in the package are Porsche’s active suspension management (PASM) system and wet mode.
Distinguished visually only by two rectangular tailpipes (S models are fitted with a set of round items on either side), the base four-wheel-drive Carrera cuts the same handsome figure as the rest of its 911 brethren. Tick the options box next to the sport exhaust system and the standard tailpipes are replaced by two oval-shaped units.
The 911 Carrera 4 models ride on 19-inch alloys up front and 20-inch items at the rear, which wrapped in 235/40 and 295/35 size rubber, respectively. Larger wheels, measuring 20 and 21 inches in diameter fore and aft (as found on the 911 Carrera 4S, which we sampled in our June 2019 issue) can also be specified.
The new Carrera 4 shares its interior with the other 911 variants (we tested the 911 Carrera S derivative in our September 2019 issue). Inside, you’ll find the iconic centre-mounted tachometer sited in the instrumentation cluster and a 10,9-inch touchscreen infotainment system.