The updated Porsche 911 family is finally coming together. Fresh off the release of the 2017 911 at the Frankfurt Motor Show, the fine folks from Stuttgart wasted little time pulling the covers off the Carrera 4 and Targa 4 variants of its most iconic model. Both sports cars are expected to make their official debut at the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show in November, but luckily, we still get an early look at the next line of Porsche 911s slated to hit showrooms in 2016.

Thought it carries a similar design to the new 911, the Carrera 4 has its own unique features, the most obvious being an AWD system hooked up to its new turbocharged 3.0-liter flat-six engine. Additionally, the Carrera 4 gets a spate of new goodies, including a unique taillight section, and an updated infotainment system that brings the sports car’s connectivity to a whole new level.

The new 911 Carrera 4 will be available in the U.S. beginning April, 2016.

Continue reading to learn more about the Porsche Carrera 4.

  • 2017 Porsche 911 Carrera 4
  • Year:
    2017
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  • Engine:
    flat-6
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    370
  • Displacement:
    3.0 L
  • 0-60 time:
    4.3 sec.
  • Top Speed:
    181 mph
  • Price:
    96300
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Exterior

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The new 911 Carrera 4 and 4S received updates similar to their RWD brethren. Up front, there’s a redesigned bumper with more defined air ducts. These ducts can open and close to send air into the front-mounted radiators.

The car’s headlights are also new, boasting four-point daytime running lights. On the sides, Porsche installed larger mirror housings and eliminated the recess covers on the door handles.

Move to the rear of the 911 Carrera 4 and you’ll see the rear lights joined together by a thin light strip that runs just above the unmistakable Porsche insignia. While functional, the light strip also emphasizes the increased width of the rear section, which is 1.73 inches wider than RWD 911 models.

Side-by-side comparison

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Interior

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Inside the new 911 Carrera 4, there are only a few changes that really stand out compared to the 2015 model. One is the redesigned steering wheel, which looks a little thicker now and should provide a firmer grip for the driver. The chrome spokes are also different and are slightly more aesthetically pleasing than the previous version.

Other changes to the interior include a new 7-inch multi-touch display, upgraded PCM connectivity and infotainment systems, and a new navigation system. Both systems come standard on the Carrera 4S. Porsche designed the navigation system to process handwritten inputs while also operating similarly to a smartphone. Beyond these changes, the interior of the 911 Carrera 4 remains largely the same.

Drivetrain

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The Porsche 911 Carrera 4 uses the same 3.0-liter, twin-turbo, flat-six engine as its RWD counterparts. This engine gives the Carrera 4 an output of 370 horsepower and 331 pound-feet of torque, allowing it to sprint to 60 mph in 4.3 seconds. Top speed is 180 mph.

The Carrera 4S is more powerful, thanks to a retuned engine management system and the inclusion of modified compressor wheels

Naturally, the Carrera 4S is more powerful, thanks in large part to a retuned engine management system and the inclusion of modified compressor wheels, as well as a model-specific exhaust system. The addition of these components give the 4S an output of 420 horsepower and 368 pound-feet of torque. That’s good enough to post a 0-to-60-mph time of four seconds and a top speed of 189 mph.

All 911 Carrera 4 and 4S models are fitted with a standard seven-speed manual transmission that sends power to each corner courtesy of Porsche’s new electro-hydraulically controlled AWD system. If you’re looking for even more speed, both the Carrera 4 and 4S can get outfitted with a PDK transmission and the Sport Chrono package. With this equipment onboard, the 911 Carrera 4 can sprint to 60 mph in just 3.9 seconds, while the Carrera 4S can do it in just 3.6 seconds.

Drivetrain specifications

Porsche Carrera 4 Porsche Carrera 4S
Cylinder layout / number of cylinders Horizontally Opposed / 6 Horizontally Opposed / 6
Displacement 3.0 l 3.0 l
Engine layout Rear engine Rear engine
Max. Power 370 HP 420 HP
Max. Torque TBD TBD
Compression ratio 10.0 : 1 10.0 : 1
Top Track Speed 181 MPH 189 MPH
Acceleration 0 - 60 mph 4.3 seconds 4.0 seconds

Safety

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As the designated Porsche 911 that carries an all-wheel drive system, the Carrera 4 gets a PASM sport suspension that drops the sports car’s overall ride height by 0.4 inches from the previous version. This improves the sports car’s stability, especially when it comes to cornering. The Carrera 4 also gets new shock absorbers that not only provides better ride comfort, but also helps reduce the car’s tendency to body roll in times go aggressive cornering. Both coupe and cabriolet versions of the Carrera 4S also has rear axle steering available as an extra option. This particular feature helps increases the sports car’s turn-in agility and maneuverability in city traffic.

Prices

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There are a multitude of 911 Carrera 4 variants, so prospective buyers are advised to choose wisely. Pricing for the Porsche 911 Carrera 4 starts from $96,300 for the hardtop manual version. Add a PDK transmission into the mix and the price goes up to $99,500. Meanwhile, the cabriolet version of the Carrera 4 starts at $108,600 for the manual version and $118,800 for the PDK transmission.

Coupe and cabriolet versions of the Carrera 4S will also be made available, starting at $110,300 for the manual version and $113,500 for the PDK version of the coupe. The Carrera 4S Cabriolet is priced at $115,800 for the manual version and $122,600 for the range-topping PDK version.

Model Prices
911 Carrera 4 manual $96,300
911 Carrera PDK $99,500
911 Carrera 4S manual $110,300
911 Carrera 4S PDK $113,500
911 Carrera 4 Cabriolet manual $108,600
911 Carrera 4 Cabriolet PDK $118,800
911 Carrera 4S Cabriolet PDK $122,600
911 Carrera 4S Cabriolet manual $115,800

Competition

Jaguar F-Type Coupe

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The Porsche 911 Carrera will always be the standard bearer for its segment. But over the past few years, a number of young whippersnappers have tried to unseat the 911 from its lofty perch. One such model is the Jaguar F-Type Coupe.

Hard as it may be to upstage the 911’s legacy, the F-Type Coupe does have the advantage of being a fresh model compared to its rival from Stuttgart. It certainly looks the part of a modern-day sports car, and more importantly, it has the performance capabilities to give the 911 a run for its money. That’s all thanks to a 3.0-liter V-6 engine that can deliver as much as 380 horsepower, ten horsepower more than the standard Carrera 4. That output allows the F-Type Coupe to sprint to 60 mph in just 3.9 seconds, quicker than the standard Carrera 4. And while the F-Type has to settle for a RWD system as standard equipment, owners can still go for AWD if desired.

But the F-Type’s biggest advantage is its pricing, starting at just $65,000 in the U.S., close to 30 percent less than the base Carrera 4. Even if a buyer decides to go for the range-topping F-Type R, with its staggering 550 horsepower and 502 pound-feet of torque, he’ll only have to pay $99,000 for it.

Read more about the Jaguar F-Type Coupe here.

Conclusion

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The Porsche 911 Carrera 4 represents the best of both worlds for the 911. It retains the heritage of the 911 badge, while also benefiting from modern technology and a more versatile driving experience courtesy of that AWD system. It might not have the design flare of its Targa 4 counterpart, but it still completes the checklist for Porsche enthusiasts the world over.

  • Leave it
    • * Pretty expensive
    • * New sports cars are giving it a serious fight

Press Release

With the new 2017 911 Carrera 4 and 911 Targa 4 models, the traction advantage courtesy of an enhanced all-wheel drive system is paired with innovative turbocharged engines that are more powerful and consume less fuel than their predecessors. The standard adaptive PASM chassis (Porsche Active Suspension Management) with its ten-millimeter reduced ride height provides an even greater bridge between agile handling and sophisticated ride comfort. Rear-axle steering is available as an option for the Carrera 4S models and enhances the car’s agility even further. The standard Porsche Communication (PCM) connectivity and infotainment system with a multi-touch display offers simplified usability.

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The all-wheel drive models feature the numerous optical refinements of the new 911 Carrera models, including headlights with four-point daytime running lights, door handles without recess covers, a redesigned rear decklid with vertical louvers, and new rear lights with characteristic four-point brake lights. Additionally, the Carrera 4 and Targa 4 variants are distinguished by a light strip between the rear lights which is now particularly distinctive thanks to its three-dimensional design. When illuminated, it reinforces the impression of depth. The light strip also underlines the wider body of the all-wheel drive 911, with the rear width increased by 44 millimeters over the two-wheel drive models.

The refined look of the new 911 range also underlines the sophisticated elegance of the Targa. With its individual design, the new 911 Targa continues to stand out from the Coupé and Cabriolet. It combines the classic Targa design with an advanced roof in spectacular fashion. Like the legendary original Targa, it has the characteristic Targa bar in place of B pillars, a retractable roof section over the front seats, and a wrap-around rear window without C pillars. The roof segment can be opened and closed at the push of a button, with the soft top being stowed behind the rear seats as it opens.

Faster acceleration, reduced fuel consumption

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More than four decades of experience with turbocharged Porsche engines used in motor racing and on production sports cars went into the development of the new flat six engines. The result: a new three-liter, flat six twin-turbo engine that sets new standards in performance, driving pleasure, and efficiency, while offering a 20 hp increase compared to the previous engine generation. Thanks to twin-turbo technology, the three-liter, six cylinder engines in the 911 Carrera 4 and 911 Targa 4 develop 370 hp and 331 lb.-ft. of torque. Using turbochargers with modified compressor wheels, a model-specific exhaust system, and different tune for the engine management system, the 4S models deliver 420 hp and 368 lb.-ft. of torque. Both engines offer significantly greater torque than their predecessors, which is available across a broad power band from 1700 to 5000 rpm.

Thanks to the new electro-hydraulically controlled all-wheel drive, the 911 Carrera 4 accelerates even better than its comparable two-wheel drive counterpart for the first time. Equipped with PDK and Sport Chrono package, the 911 Carrera 4 sprints from zero to 60 miles per hour in 3.9 seconds (0.3 seconds quicker than the previous model), with the S model taking 3.6 seconds (0.3 seconds less). Targa and Cabriolet models need just 0.2 seconds longer. Top track speeds range from 178 to 189 miles per hour, depending on the transmission and model variant. All 911 Carrera 4 and Targa 4 models come with a seven-speed manual transmission as standard.

Traditionally, every new generation of engines from Porsche combines more output with less consumption. The new all-wheel drive 911 models are up to 12 percent more efficient than their respective predecessors, according to the New European Driving Cycle. EPA figures will be available at a later date.

Adopted from the 918 Spyder: Sport Chrono package with mode switch

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In conjunction with the optional Sport Chrono Package, the new 911 models now have a mode switch on the steering wheel for the first time, which has been derived from the hybrid map switch in the 918 Spyder super sports car. The mode switch consists of a rotary dial with four positions for the driving modes "Normal", "Sport", "Sport Plus," and "Individual". Depending on the optional equipment installed in the car, the "Individual" setting lets drivers configure their own individual vehicle setup for the PASM, PDK shifting strategy, and Sport Exhaust system. In conjunction with the PDK transmission, the mode switch has an additional feature, the "Sport Response Button." When this button is pressed, the drivetrain is pre-conditioned for maximum acceleration for up to 20 seconds.

Re-engineered PASM chassis, enhanced electro-hydraulically controlled all-wheel drive

A Porsche 911 with all-wheel drive combines exceptional traction with particularly sporty handling and driving performance. In this new generation, the electro-hydraulically controlled all-wheel drive adopted from the 911 Turbo responds even more quickly and sensitively. This particularly helps aid driver control during sporty driving while maintaining agility. The PASM sport suspension, which lowers the ride height by 10 millimeters compared to the previous model, is fitted as standard to all Carrera models and aids stability during cornering. The new shock absorber generation offers enhanced ride comfort through an even more refined responsiveness, but also reduces body roll during hard cornering.

Rear axle steering is available as an option for the Carrera 4S coupe, Carrera 4S cabriolet, and Targa 4S, adopted from the current 911 Turbo and 911 GT3. It increases the turn-in agility of the 911 and aids driver control during lane changes. At the same time, it ensures greater maneuverability in city traffic thanks to a 1.6 foot reduction of the turning radius. The improved handling is transmitted to the driver via the new steering wheel generation with a design based on that found in the 918 Spyder. The standard steering wheel has a diameter of 375 millimeters; the optional GT Sport steering wheel measures 360 millimeters. For enhanced everyday practicality, Porsche offers an optional electro-hydraulic lift system with lifting cylinders that are integrated into the front axle struts. Ground clearance at the front spoiler lip can be increased by 40 millimeters within five seconds at the touch of a button. This is particularly useful when encountering speed bumps or steep driveways.

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Connectivity and infotainment system: PCM with multi-touch display and new functions

The completely new PCM connectivity and infotainment system is standard and integrates new functions around the multi-touch display in the center console that now has a seven-inch format. Also fitted as standard, the navigation system can be operated much more like a smartphone and can also process handwritten input. Drivers can access real-time traffic information with a free one-year subscription. In addition, compatible mobile phones and smartphones can now be integrated more quickly, easily, and extensively than before via Wi-Fi, Bluetooth or cable. Vehicle-related services such as remote retrieval of vehicle data and Internet-based services such as Google® StreetView and Internet radio are also included in a free one-year subscription.

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