Porsche’s entry-level all-wheel-drive 911s are here

It’s hard to focus on anything else than Frankfurt’s highly-anticipated debuts this year, including the likes of Porsche Taycan and Volkswagen ID. Speaking of Porsche, the carmaker has just unveiled the all-wheel-drive 911 Carrera 4 and Carrera 4 Cabriolet, so those who’ve been holding out on getting a new 911 because AWD wasn’t on the table might as well start calling their accountants.

What’s new for the all-wheel-drive Porsche 911 Carrera?

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Well, you’ll have to pay extra attention to details to spot the differences between the Carrera 4 (coupe and cabriolet) and the other 911 models in the current range.

In fact, visually speaking, the only thing that’s changed is the exhaust opening design of the rear bumper.

Porsche wanted people to be able to tell apart the 911 Carrera 4 from the Carrera 4S, so it fitted the former with one single-tube, rectangular-shaped tailpipe on each side, whereas the Carrera 4S packs two sets of round, twin tailpipes - one for each side. You can, however, ask Porsche to fit your 911 Carrera 4 with the optional Sport Exhaust system, which changes the rear topography with two oval tailpipes on each side.

Say Hello to the 2020 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 and Carrera 4 Cabriolet
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On the inside, however, things remain unchanged, so you’ll be quick to recognize the centrally-mounted tachometer and Porsche’s new PCM (Porsche Communication Management) setup based on the 10.9-inch touchscreen.

All the controls you knew from the standard 911 Carrera and Carrera S, including the five-button control panel on the center console are exactly the same.

So there’s no change in performance for the 2020 911 Carrera 4 models?

The 2020 911 Carrera 4 and Carrera 4 Cabriolet use the same 3.0-liter, twin-turbocharged flat-six engine as their other new 911 peers.

The unit makes 379 horsepower at 6,500 rpm (which is nine horsepower more than the previous 911 Carrera 4, which packed 370 horsepower) and 331 pound-feet of torque available in the 1,950-5,000 rpm band.

Porsche 911 Carrera lineup
2020 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S 2020 Porsche 911 Carrera 4
Cylinder layout / number of cylinders Boxer 6 Twin-Turbo Boxer 6 Twin-Turbo
Displacement 3.0 l 3.0 l
Engine layout Rear engine Rear engine
Max. Power 443 HP @ 6,500 RPM 379 HP @ 6,500 RPM
Torque 390 LB-FT @ 2,300-5,000 RPM 331 LB-FT @ 1,950-5,000 RPM
Top Track Speed 190 mph PDK 180 mph (coupe)/179 mph (cabriolet)
Acceleration 0 - 60 mph 3.4 sec PDK / 3.2 sec (PDK with Sport Chrono) 4.0 sec PDK / 3.8 sec (PDK with Sport Chrono)

According to Porsche, the Carrera 4 takes four seconds to reach 60 mph from a standstill (3.8 seconds with the optional Chrono Package) while the Carrera 4 Cabriolet dispatches the same interval in 4.2 seconds (four seconds if the Chrono Package is specified). In terms of top speed, the Carrera 4 coupe will hit 180 mph (289.6 km/h), while the open-top Carrera 4 is imperceptibly slower, at 179 mph (288 km/h).

Both models come fitted with Porsche’s Active Suspension Management setup (aka PASM) with two damping modes, Normal and Sport. Torque Vectoring (PTV) is also present, but only as an optional feature, together with the Porsche Ceramic Composite Brake (PCCB) package. Wet Mode, however, is standard, and that’s a good thing, because it adds loads of extra composure and peace of mind while driving on slippery surfaces.

2020 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 and Carrera 4 Cabriolet Price

Say Hello to the 2020 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 and Carrera 4 Cabriolet
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The 2020 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 and Carrera 4 Cabriolet can be ordered as of now, with the first deliveries expected to reach their destination towards the beginning of 2020.

The 911 Carrera 4 starts at $104,700, while the Carrera 4 Cabriolet will have you shell out at least $117,500.

Mind you, these prices don’t include the $1,350 delivery, processing, and handling charge.

Further reading

2020 Porsche 911
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Read our full review on the 2020 Porsche 911.

2020 Porsche 911 Cabriolet
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Read our full review on the 2020 Porsche 911 992 Cabriolet

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