Porsche has been steadily rolling out its completely redesigned 2020 911 Carrera this year, with the latest edition being the all-new 911 Carrera 4 Coupé and 911 Carrera 4 Cabriolet.
The numeral “4” stands for all-wheel drive in Porsche-speak, this model ideally timed to get you through a “colder than normal” Southern British Columbia winter, or so says The Old Farmer’s Almanac in this year’s Annual Weather Summary.
The Carrera 4 uses the same 3.0-litre twin-turbocharged horizontally opposed six-cylinder as the Carrera 2, which is good for 370 horsepower and 331 lb-ft of torque. Launched from standstill, the new Carrera 4 Coupe hits 100 km/h 0.1 seconds faster than the two-wheel drive version at just 4.5 seconds when mated to its seven-speed manual gearbox, 4.3 seconds with its paddle-shift actuated dual-clutch eight-speed PDK, and 4.1 seconds when the latter automated transmission is combined with the Sport Chrono Package, while zero to 160 km/h takes only 9.7 seconds for the manual and 9.3 seconds with the PDK, and terminal velocities top out at 292 and 290 km/h respectively. As for the Carrera 4 Cabriolet, it takes an additional 0.2 seconds to complete all sprint times, and achieves a 289-km/h top speed.
Like the Carrera 4S introduced earlier this year, the redesigned Carrera 4 utilizes Porsche’s innovative new water-cooled front differential, which also features reinforced clutches that increase load capacity and long-term durability. The improved front axle drive system, combined with Porsche Traction Management (PTM), enhances the new Carrera 4’s traction in wet and snowy conditions, while improving performance in the dry too.
Fans of Porsche’s rotating steering wheel-mounted drive mode selector, now fitted to a new steering wheel, will like it even more in every new 2020 911 model thanks to a standard Wet mode that automatically maintain better control over water-soaked road surfaces when activated. Safety in mind, all new 911s also receive standard autonomous emergency braking with moving object detection, while a reverse camera and rear parking sonar are also standard.
Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) is standard as well, and includes electronically variable dampers with both Normal and Sport settings, while Porsche Torque Vectoring, standard with S and 4S models, is optional on the Carrera 4 Coupe and Cabriolet.
Additional options include the Porsche Ceramic Composite Brake (PCCB) system, plus staggered 20- and 21-inch alloy wheels front to rear, while staggered 19- and 20-inch wheels come as standard.
Other than the number 4 gracing the new 911 Carrera’s svelte bodywork, the only telltale way to differentiate the Carrera 4 from the base Carrera 2 are dual rectangular tailpipes replacing the set of twin oval pipes on the base models, whereas Carrera 2S and 4S trims feature a quad of circular chromed tips. Then again, it’s possible to upgrade both C4 models with two large oval exhaust pipes.
There are no noticeable differences inside the new 911 C2 and C4, however, with both models receiving a new mostly digital gauge cluster, the classic analogue tachometer maintaining its centre position as tradition demands, plus identical 10.9-inch Porsche Communication Management (PCM) touchscreen infotainment systems with improved connectivity, and the same redesigned seats.
The 2020 Porsche Carrera 4 Coupé starts at $111,900, while the Carrera 4 Cabriolet can be had for $126,000. Both are available to order now by contacting Porsche Centre Vancouver at (604) 736-7911 or visiting us personally at 688 Terminal Ave, Vancouver.
Story credits: Trevor Hofmann
Photo credits: Porsche
Date Posted: September 30, 2019