The roll-out of Porsche 911 variants continues with the launch of the 911 Carrera 4, slated to arrive in Australia during the fourth quarter of 2019.
The 992-series 911 reached Aussie showrooms this year in Carrera S and Carrera 4S guises, and later this year the Carrera 4 Coupe will arrive priced at $245,600, while the Carrera 4 Cabriolet will retail for $267,100, both prices before on-road costs.
That results in a premium of around $15,000 over the rear-wheel-drive Carrera and roughly $3000 more than the outgoing 991-series 911 Carrera automatics.
The new Carrera 4, like all 992s so far, is available only with an eight-speed PDK automatic transmission though a manual should eventually arrive. The Carrera 4 uses the same engine as the base Carrera, a twin-turbo 3.0-litre flat six producing 283kW at 6,500rpm and 440Nm of torque from 1,950 to 5,000rpm. That’s an increase of 11kW from the 991 Carrera 4 while still affording the pricier Carrera S 48kW worth of breathing room.
Though this is the 'base' 911 engine, it’s still plenty quick. Porsche estimates a 0-100km/h time of 4.2 seconds for the coupe or 4.0 seconds with the optional Sport Chrono Package. The convertible is only slightly slower at 4.4 seconds or 4.2 seconds with the Sport Chrono Package.
Top speed is 291km/h for the tin-top and 289km/h for the soft-top, fractionally lower than the rear-wheel-drive Carrera.
Porsche claims 9.5L/100km on the combined cycle for the Carrera 4 Coupe and 9.6L/100km for the Cabriolet.
Although almost visually identical, you can pick a Carrera 4 apart from a Carrera 4S by looking at the exhaust openings – one rectangular and one cylindrical tailpipe on each side of the 4’s derriere, twin round outlets on each side of the 4S.
If you tick the box for the sport exhaust option, however, you’ll receive two ovoid tailpipes on each side. The 4 shares the 4S’s new water-cooled clutch and differential unit and, like all 992s, it uses Porsche's PASM electronically-variable damping system.
The Carrera 4 uses staggered diameter wheels, measuring 19 inches at the front and 20 inches at the rear. They’re fitted with 235/40 ZR19 and 295/35 ZR20 tyres, respectively.
You can upgrade to the Carrera 4S’ 20/21-inch wheels and you can also tick the box for Porsche’s ceramic composite brakes to replace the standard 330mm discs with four-piston callipers. Another performance option is the Porsche Torque Vectoring system that's standard on the Carrera S and 4S models.
In Australia, standard equipment will include a 10.9-inch touch screen, lane-change assist, heated 14-way 'comfort' front seats, a Bose surround sound system, DAB radio, keyless entry and start, metallic paint, a reversing camera and auto-dimming mirrors.
Also standard is Porsche’s Wet Mode which detects water on the road and alerts the driver, adjusting the ABS and stability control accordingly. If you want to talk options, as always Porsche will have a lengthy list for you to peruse.
2020 Porsche 911 pricing
- 911 Carrera - $229,500
- 911 Carrera Cabriolet - $251,000
- 911 Carrera 4 - $245,600
- 911 Carrera 4 Cabriolet - $267,100
- 911 Carrera S - $264,400
- 911 Carrera S Cabriolet - $286,100
- 911 Carrera 4S - $280,700
- 911 Carrera 4S Cabriolet - $302,200
All prices exclude on-road costs