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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.

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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.

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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).

What are your thoughts on the entry-level Porsche 911 Carrera 4? Let us know in the comments section below… 

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