Improved all-wheel-drive tech adjusts even better when things get slick.
The 2020 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 coupe and cabriolet are the latest additions to the range for the new generation of the German brand's most famous product line. As their names imply, this pair adds all-wheel drive to the base model 911.
Gallery: Porsche 911 Carrera 4
Like the standard 911 Carrera, the 4 variant uses a 3.0-liter, twin-turbo flat-six engine making 379 horsepower (283 kilowatts) and 331 pound-feet (449 Newton-meters) of torque that routes through an eight-speed dual-clutch gearbox. The Carrera 4 coupe hits 60 miles per hour (96 kilometers per hour) in 4.0 seconds or 3.8 seconds with the optional Sport Chrono Package. The all-wheel drive cabriolet hits 60 mph in 4.2 seconds in stock form or 4.0 seconds with the Sport Chrono equipment. For reference, these times are identical to the rear-drive Carrera.
The Carrera 4's all-wheel-drive system consists of a liquid-cooled clutch and differential unit for channeling power to the front axle. Porsche reports the new components improve the tech's adjustment accuracy for routing power where it's most necessary, which is especially useful in slick situations.
These models also get Porsche Active Suspension Management adaptive dampers as standard equipment. The two-mode system has Normal and Sport settings.
Visually, the only thing that differentiates the standard Carrera 4 from the already debuted 4S is at the rear. The lower horsepower version gets two rectangular exhaust outlets, but the more potent variant has oval-shaped pipes.
The interior is the same as other 992-generation 911s, including the new 10.9-inch infotainment screen.
Folks looking for even more traction can order the Porsche Torque Vectoring limited-slip rear differential as an additional option. There are also available 20- and 21-inch staggered wheels that come straight from the 911 Carrera 4S. Buyers can specify ceramic composite brakes to replace the standard cast iron rotors, too.
The 2020 911 Carrera 4 will go on sale in the United States in early 2020. Prices will start at $106,050 for the coupe (after the $1,350 destination fee) and $118,850 for the Cabriolet.
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The 2020 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 and 911 Carrera 4 Cabriolet
379 hp 911 Carrera models now available with all-wheel drive
Atlanta, Georgia. Following the introduction of the standard 911 Carrera and 911 Carrera Cabriolet, Porsche is now expanding the line-up further with the all-wheel drive 911 Carrera 4 and 911 Carrera 4 Cabriolet models.
Like the 2020 911 Carrera models, the new 911 Carrera 4 and 911 Carrera 4 Cabriolet are powered by a twin-turbo 3.0-liter flat six engine fitted with model-specific turbochargers, developing 379 hp at 6,500 rpm (nine horsepower more than the previous 911 Carrera 4 models) and 331 lb.-ft. of torque from 1,950 to 5,000 rpm. Fitted with the standard 8-speed PDK (Porsche Doppelkupplung) transmission, the 2020 911 Carrera 4 accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in 4.0 seconds. When equipped with the optional Sport Chrono Package, this time drops to 3.8 seconds. Both times represent an improvement of 0.1 seconds compared to the previous 911 Carrera 4 Coupe with PDK. The 2020 911 Carrera 4 Cabriolet accelerates to 60 mph from standstill in just 4.2 seconds, and in 4.0 seconds flat when equipped with the optional Sport Chrono Package. Top track speed is 180 mph for the 911 Carrera 4 and 179 mph for the 911 Carrera 4 Cabriolet.
Like on the 911 Carrera 4S models, the increased performance of the 911 Carrera 4 models led to a further development of the front axle drive. The clutch and differential unit is now water-cooled and has reinforced clutches to increase durability and load capacity. The increased actuating torques at the clutch improve the latter’s adjustment accuracy and thus the capability of the driven front axle. The enhanced front axle drive in combination with Porsche Traction Management (PTM) promote an increase in traction on snow, as well as in wet and dry conditions.
The new 911 Carrera 4 and 911 Carrera 4 Cabriolet are equipped with PASM (Porsche Active Suspension Management). Like on the other 2020 911 Carrera models, the electronically variable damping system comes standard and offers two selectable modes, “Normal” and “Sport”, emphasizing ride quality and handling. A fully variable, electronically controlled limited slip rear differential with Porsche Torque Vectoring (PTV), which is standard on the 911 Carrera S and 4S models, can be ordered as 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 tires, respectively. Larger wheels with a staggered 20/21-inch diameter (standard on 911 Carrera 4S models) are optionally available. The standard internally ventilated and perforated grey cast-iron brake rotors on the 2020 911 Carrera 4 models measure 13.0 inches front and rear and feature black four-piston calipers. Porsche Ceramic Composite Brake (PCCB) can be ordered as an extra. Like on the other 2020 911 variants, Wet Mode is included as standard equipment. This function automatically detects water on the road, preconditions the stability control and anti-lock brake systems accordingly, and warns the driver. The driver can then call up vehicle settings particularly suited for wet roads at push of a button, or by means of the mode switch on the steering wheel (when fitted with the optional Sport Chrono Package).
Visually, the 911 Carrera 4 models are characterized by the same striking design cues as the rest of the model range, such as the clearly defined fender arches and front luggage compartment lid with a recess reminiscent of classic 911 models, as well as the full-width LED light strip stretching across the rear. The only visual distinction between the standard 911 Carrera 4 and the 911 Carrera 4S derivatives are the exhaust openings in the rear fascia. To differentiate between the engine variants, the standard 911 Carrera 4 models feature one rectangular, single-tube tailpipe on each side, while the 4S models are fitted with a set of round twin-tailpipes on each side. The optional Sport Exhaust system distinguished by two oval tailpipes can be ordered for all models.
Inside, the new 911 Carrera 4 shares the interior with the previously introduced standard 911 Carrera and 911 Carrera S models, including re-designed seats, the traditional centrally positioned tachometer, and the new Porsche Communication Management (PCM) system with a 10.9 inch touch screen and improved connectivity. A control panel of five buttons with the look of classic toggle switches creates the transition to the center console controls.
The 2020 911 Carrera 4 and 911 Carrera 4 Cabriolet are available to order now and are expected to reach U.S. dealers in early 2020. The MSRP for the 911 Carrera 4 is $104,700, while the 911 Carrera 4 Cabriolet retails for $117,500 – both not including the $1,350 delivery, processing and handling fee.