New Porsche 911 Carrera 4 unveiled with £88k price tag

Porsche has released the entry-level version of its four-wheel drive 911 Carrera, priced from £88,101

This is the new Porsche 911 Carrera 4: an entry-level version of the four-wheel drive 911, which mates the Carrera 4S’s drivetrain with the Carrera’s flat-six engine. Prices start from £88,101 for the Coupe and £97,746 for the Cabriolet.

The twin-turbocharged 3.0-litre engine produces 380bhp and 440Nm of torque. It’s mated to an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission, which sends its power to all four wheels. Top speed stands at 181mph for the Coupe and 180mph for the Cabriolet.

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Porsche claims that the 911 Carrera 4 Coupe has a 0–62mph time of 4.2 seconds in standard trim; a time which drops to four seconds flat with the brand’s optional Sport Chrono package. The 911 Carrera 4 Cabriolet manages the same sprint in 4.4 seconds, or 4.2 with the Sport Chrono package.

Both cars come with adjustable dampers, a limited-slip differential, four-piston calipers, 13-inch brake discs, and a water-cooled clutch and differential unit as standard. Staggered alloy wheels also feature, with 19-inch units for the front axle and 20-inch units for the rear. However, larger diameter 20/21-inch wheels are available as an optional extra.

Porsche’s latest “Traction Management” chassis control system also features, which the brand claims offers improved traction in snowy and wet conditions. The Carrera 4 also features a stronger clutch plate and differential than the standard Carrera, to cope with the added strain of the four-wheel drive system.

As with all 911s, Porsche’s “Wet Mode” is included as standard. The software automatically detects water on the road, then configures the car’s stability control, four-wheel drive system and anti-lock brakes accordingly.

Cosmetically, the new 911 Carrera 4 remains identical to the rest of the 911 range, with the exception of a new exhaust tip. To differentiate between the entry-level Carrera 4 and the flagship Carrera 4S, Porsche has fitted a pair of rectangular tailpipes to the former, in place of the latter model’s quad-exit round units.

Inside, it comes with the same equipment as the rear-wheel-drive Carrera with a pair of sports seats, a 10.9-inch touch screen and a centrally positioned tachometer. There’s the same range of optional extras too, with buyers being offered adaptive sports seats (£2,315), carbon fibre interior trim (£1,263) and a premium Burmester sound system (£3,258).

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