Porsche 911 Carrera 4 | Frankfurt 2019


The 992 Carrera line-up will grow to eight models when the Carrera 4 and 4 convertible arrive in showrooms early next year, featuring the same 385hp turbocharged flat-six as the entry-level rear-drive 911. With 385hp now shared between the front and rear axles, the Carrera 4 sprints from 0-62mph in four seconds with the Sport Chrono pack selected - or 4.2 seconds without it - while the rag-top adds two tenths to both.

Although off-the-line performance remains identical to the rear-driven Carrera models, the Carrera 4 promises the same year-round usability as the already-launched Carrera 4S โ€“ even Porsche labels the variants as the โ€œsurefootedโ€ option โ€“ and adds the new โ€˜Wetโ€™ setting to its drive modes. It's not all about rainy days though: the new model also gets Porscheโ€™s electronically controlled limited slip diff with torque vectoring on the back axle for maximum attack.


New hardware is limited to the drivetrain though; the engine and gearbox remain unchanged compared to the two-wheel drive Carrera. The twin-turbo 3.0-litre unit produces its peak power at 6,500rpm, after torque maxes out at 332lb ft between 1,900-5,000rpm, with drive sent through the same eight-speed PDK. In fact, most of the 4โ€™s technical make-up is unchanged; youโ€™ll find the same PASM chassis tech with variable dampers, 19 front and 20-inch rear wheels, along with 330mm brake discs all-round, either of standard cast-iron or optional ceramic forms.

The design differences between the two and all-wheel drive are, well, non-existent, barring the badge on the boot. So thatโ€™s that. Orders are being taken now, with prices starting at ยฃ88,101 for the coupe and ยฃ97,746 for the drop-top. You won't have long to wait, as first deliveries are due in late October.


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  • cerb4.5lee 10 Sep 2019

    It is wrong that I quite fancy a 911 Convertible! Out of my price range though, but I do like how you can take the kids with you if you wanted to.

    I would like to tick the 911 box one day because everyone that has/had one seems to really love them.

  • Sandpit Steve 10 Sep 2019

    Not as much of a differentiator as it used to be, now that they only use the one chassis size for both 2WD and 4WD versions.

    I guess this is the one to have if you want a daily driver but live somewhere where the weather isn’t always co-operative.

  • LaurasOtherHalf 10 Sep 2019

    cerb4.5lee said:
    It is wrong that I quite fancy a 911 Convertible! Out of my price range though, but I do like how you can take the kids with you if you wanted to.

    I would like to tick the 911 box one day because everyone that has/had one seems to really love them.
    It's still an incredibly relevant part of the car's design IMHO. We all lead even more busy lives and the 911 is the sports car you can use-just about.

    I keep thinking about getting a toy in the garage but what with work, family life and everything else it really would only be used very infrequently. A 911 I could take kids to sports, drop off or pick up from school, nip to the shops with a couple of kids in tow, commute etc etc.


  • Augustus Windsock 10 Sep 2019

    If I could afford it this would be my choice, over a C2.
    But £88k?
    I’d opine that hardly a single model leaves the showroom without being around the £100k mark;
    “Ooh Sir,one MUST have this colour to maximise selling it on in 3yrs time, and of course one simply MUST have (lists options...)....

  • cerb4.5lee 10 Sep 2019

    LaurasOtherHalf said:
    cerb4.5lee said:
    It is wrong that I quite fancy a 911 Convertible! Out of my price range though, but I do like how you can take the kids with you if you wanted to.

    I would like to tick the 911 box one day because everyone that has/had one seems to really love them.
    It's still an incredibly relevant part of the car's design IMHO. We all lead even more busy lives and the 911 is the sports car you can use-just about.

    I keep thinking about getting a toy in the garage but what with work, family life and everything else it really would only be used very infrequently. A 911 I could take kids to sports, drop off or pick up from school, nip to the shops with a couple of kids in tow, commute etc etc.
    Agree and I'm missing the usability with my 2 seat Convertible with me having 2 kids if I'm honest. As you mention at least with a 4 seat(ish) Convertible it gives you far more options to actually use/enjoy it for sure.

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