Porsche Australia is filling up the 911 range with the new 992-generation variants for the 2020 model year and this time it’s the newly-launched Carrera 4 and Carrera 4 Cabriolet versions, slated to land on our shores later this year.
Visually speaking the new Carrera 4 models look virtually identical to that of its Carrera brethren. Gone are the days when ‘4’ moniker variants of the 911 range gained swollen rear wheel arches distinguishing them from its rear-driven siblings. Just like the rest of the 992 range, this entry-level all-wheeler gets the full-length LED light bar that stretches virtually the width of its rear.
The Carrera 4 and 4S models are differentiated these days via its exhaust tips. The former receives a rectangular single-tube tailpipe on each side while the latter has a pair of round tailpipes on each side. Oval tips on the other hand denote the optional Sports Exhaust system that can be had on all Carrera models.
However, the essence of any 911 has always been its distinctive six-cylinder power plant and this iteration is no different. The 3.0-litre flat six develops 283kW at 6,500rpm and 440Nm of torque from 1,950-5,000rpm thanks to a pair of turbochargers; an increase of 11kW over its predecessor.
It accomplishes the century sprint in a mere 4.2 seconds and tops out at 291km/h. The Cabriolet is marginally slower at 4.4 seconds and 289km/h respectively. The optional Sport Chrono Package slices the century time by two tenths each. The pair will be mated up to the brand’s eight-speed PDK dual-clutch automatic box while a stick-shifter is expected to join the line up later. The Carrera 4 pair also gains a water-cooled clutch and differential unit for improved performance and durability.
Zuffenhausen’s finest ponies grip the tarmac thanks to a set of staggered rubbers measuring 235/40 R19 up front and 295/35 R20 out back. However, customers can opt to upgrade that to the 4S’ 20/21-inch wheel setup and for an ungodly sum - PCCB, which is the brand’s ceramic brakes in lieu of the standard 330mm cast-iron rotors.
The interior is your standard Porsche affair as expected – driver focused. Aussie customers will receive re-designed heated ‘comfort’ seats in addition to the Porsche Communication Management system that doles out infotainment via its 10.9-inch touchscreen complimented by a 12-speaker Bose Surround system.
Just like the rest of the range, the Carrera 4 and Carrera 4 Cabriolet picks up Porsche’s Wet Mode as standard equipment. This driver assistance tech adjusts the ABS and stability control programs accordingly in inclement weather. Additionally, these 2020 models come with Lane Change Assist, Brake Assist and Park Assist.
Porsche’s extensive options list allows customers to make their 911 truly personal. The pair is slated for its Aussie showroom arrival later this year.
- 2020 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 - $245,600
- 2020 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 Cabriolet - $286,100