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Carrera 4 twins join Porsche 911 range

Carrera 4 twins join Porsche 911 range
Carrera 4 twins join Porsche 911 range
Carrera 4 twins join Porsche 911 range
Carrera 4 twins join Porsche 911 range

The 4WD versions of the 385hp Porsche 911 Carrera and Carrera Cabriolet land, from €153,000.

Porsche is fleshing out the 911 '992' family and, following the announcement of the entry-point Carrera and Carrera Cabriolet models, now you can have the Carrera 4 and Carrera 4 Cabriolet too.

Capable of 291km/h

Like their recently introduced two-wheel-drive brethren, the Carrera 4 twins use the 'smaller-turbos' derivative of the 3.0-litre flat-six you'd find in the S-badged 450hp variants. Only here, the twin-turbo lump makes 385hp and 440Nm, figures which are 65hp and 90Nm down on the 4S models, but usefully 15hp up on the old '991.2' Carrera 4. The only gearbox for now is the eight-speed PDK dual-clutcher, while the use of the '4' in the nameplate of course denotes that they're both fitted with Porsche Traction Management (PTM) AWD.

And performance is still suitably punchy. The Carrera 4 Coupe does 0-100km/h in 4.2 seconds, the C4 Cab taking 4.4 seconds, and you can trim two-tenths off either of those benchmark sprints by fitting the optional Sport Chrono Package. Top speeds are 291km/h for the tin-top and 290km/h for the open-air 911. Expect between 10 and 10.8 litres/100km (26.2-28.2mpg) fuel economy from the Carrera 4 Coupe, with the Cabriolet turning in between 10.2 and 10.9 litres/100km (25.9-27.7mpg). The CO2 emissions are rated at either 210- or 211g/km.

Upgraded front axle

Like the more potent C4S versions, the front axle of the 992 C4 pair has been upgraded, with the clutch and diff now water-cooled, while there are reinforced clutch plates to improve durability. They are also fitted, as is every 992, with Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) variable dampers as standard, while Porsche Torque Vectoring (PTV) with an electronically controlled limited-slip rear differential is an option. Wheels are as on the Carrera/Carrera Cab 992s, which is to say 19-inch items at the front and 20s at the back, with a 20/21-inch combination (the standard 911 S arrangement) an option.

Also fitted are 13-inch front and rear ventilated and perforated brake discs, gripped by four-piston callipers. Porsche Ceramic Composite Brakes (PCCB) with the yellow callipers are an option, and the Carrera 4/C4 Cabriolet models come with the Wet mode as standard. The easiest way to spot a C4 (or, indeed, a 2WD Carrera/Cab) 911 is via the exhausts, as the 385hp cars have rectangular exits while the 450hp 'S' versions enjoy round, twin tailipipes on either side. However, the optional Sports exhaust replaces the rectangles with a couple of oval tips. Inside, it's the cracking 992 cabin, with a 10.9-inch Porsche Communication Management (PCM) touchscreen the central focus.

Both the 911 Carrera 4 and the 911 Carrera 4 Cabriolet are available to order now, from the Porsche Centre in Dublin, with the first cars expected to reach customers at the end of October. The C4 Coupe will cost from €153,034 and the C4 Cabriolet starts at €169,781.

Published on September 12, 2019
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