All-wheel drive non-S Coupé and Cab arrive
Porsche has unveiled the final members of the new 911 Carrera range in the shape of the Carrera Coupé and Cabriolet models. Previously, all-wheel drive has been exclusive to the Carrera S. As with the rear-drive base Carrera, the Carrera 4 is powered by a 385hp variant of the familiar 3.0-litre turbo flat six. Fitted as standard with an eight-speed PDK gearbox, the Carrera 4 hits 62mph in 4.2 seconds or four seconds flat with the optional Chrono Sport package. The Cabriolet, meanwhile, is rated at 4.4 and 4.2 seconds, respectively.
The combined fuel consumption range (WLTP) of the Carrera 4 Coupé is 26.2– 28.2mpg, while the Cabriolet records 25.9–27.7mpg. NEDC equivalent CO2 emissions Combined are 210–211g/km.
As with the 911 Carrera 4S models, the front axle drive of the 911 Carrera 4 has undergone further development. The clutch and differential unit is now water-cooled and features reinforced clutches to raise durability and load capacity. The increased actuating torque at the clutches improves the adjustment accuracy of the differential and thus the capability of the driven front axle. The enhanced front axle drive in combination with Porsche Traction Management (PTM) notably improves traction on snow, as well as in wet and dry conditions.
The new 911 Carrera 4 and 911 Carrera 4 Cabriolet are equipped, like all 911 models, with PASM (Porsche Active Suspension Management) as standard. The electronically variable damping system offers two selectable modes, ‘Normal’ and ‘Sport’, emphasising ride quality and handling. A fully variable, electronically-controlled limited slip rear differential with Porsche Torque Vectoring (PTV), is an option.
The wheels on the 911 Carrera 4 and 911 Carrera 4 Cabriolet feature a staggered diameter, measuring 19 inches at the front and 20 inches at the rear. They are fitted with 235/40 ZR 19 and 295/35 ZR 20 tyres, respectively. Larger wheels of 20/21 inch diameter (standard on 911 Carrera 4S models) are available as an option.
Otherwise, the only visual distinction between the 911 Carrera 4 and the 911 Carrera 4S derivatives is the rear exhaust designs. To differentiate between the engine variants, the standard 911 Carrera 4 models feature one rectangular, singletube tailpipe on each side, while the 4S models are fitted with a set of round twintailpipes on each side. The optional sports exhaust system, distinguished by two oval tailpipes, is also available.
Inside, the new 911 Carrera 4 shares its interior with the current 911 Carrera and S models, familiar highlights including new seats, the traditional centrally-positioned tachometer, and the new Porsche Communication Management (PCM) system with a 10.9 inch touchscreen and improved connectivity. A control panel of five buttons with the look of classic toggle switches creates the transition to the centre console controls.
The 911 Carrera 4 and 911 Carrera 4 Cabriolet are available to order now from Porsche Centres in the UK and Ireland and were expected to reach customers from late October 2019.