The 911 Carrera 4, Carrera 4S, Targa 4, and Targa 4S now benefit from the range of changes applied to the 911 range.
The key change is the adoption of Porsche’s new twin-turbo 3.0 litre horizontally opposed six-cylinder engine generating 272kW and 450Nm for the 911 Carrera 4 and Targa 4.
S versions are rated at a more potent and 309kW with 500Nm of torque.
On the outside all wheel drive models gain the revised styling of the new Carrera models, and also pick up a full-width lighting strip between the tail lights, as well as rear guards pushed out by a further 44mm.
Standard Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) features on the new 4 and 4S models, with a 10mm lower ride height, and adaptive damping to suit road conditions. Carrera 4S models can also be optioned with rear axle steering, further boosting dynamic ability.
Porsche Communication, a simplified infotainment system which features a 7.0-inch multi-touch display, and can recognise handwritten inputs, also joins the standard features list.
Overseas features like Google Earth and Google Streetview navigation have been delayed until 2017, while a new Porsche Connect app that can remotely connect to the vehicle, or hand over navigation details won’t arrive until 2018.
Targa models will continue with a powered roof section that stows beneath the wrap-around rear window.
Thanks to the downsized 3.0 litre twin turbo engine the Carrera 4 and Targa 4 produce 272kW of power and 450Nm of torque.
Carrera 4S and Targa 4S jump to 309kW and 500Nm thanks to turbochargers with modified compressors, and specifically tuned engine management and exhaust systems.
Both engines step up by 15kW and 60Nm over the naturally aspirated engines they replace.
A new electro-hydraulically controlled all wheel drive system contributes to Carrera 4 sprint times that, for the first time, are faster than their rear wheel drive equivalents.
Equipped with a PDK automatic transmission and Sport Chrono package, the Carrera 4 can sprint from 0-100 km/h in 4.1 seconds, 0.4 faster than the previous model. Carrera 4S mages a 3.8 second time, 0.3 seconds less than before, while Targa variants add 0.2 seconds.
Cars equipped with the Sport Chrono package now also gain steering wheel mounted selector switch from the 918 Spyder. Offering Normal, Sport, Sport Plus and Individual modes, drivers can configure their own individual vehicle set-up, allowing them to adjust, PASM, active engine mounts, PDK shifting strategy and sports exhaust system if fitted.
Fuel consumption has been improved with the PDK equipped 911 Carrera 4 down 0.8 l/100km to 7.9 l/100km. The Targa 4S drops by 1.2 l/100km to 8.0 l/100km.
The range of 911 Carrera and Targa 4 and 4S models will go on sale in Australia in the second quarter of 2016.
911 Carrera 4 Coupe $233,900
911 Carrera 4S Coupe $269,000
911 Carrera 4 Cabriolet $255,400
911 Carrera 4S Cabriolet $290,500
911 Targa 4 $255,400
911 Targa 4S $290,500
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