Porsche boasts exceptional performance in new AWD 911 Targa 4 and Carrera 4

Article by Christian Andrei, on October 8, 2015

People will always look for a Porsche 911 that has an all-wheel drive option. They get that and more with the new 911 Carrera 4 and 911 Targa 4. The new cars’ sporting attributes are significantly involved. They also get the best in comfort from the new generation 911 models.

These feature more fuel efficient yet also more powerful turbocharged engines. Aside from a powerful performance, the new Porsche 911 models also have new features to ensure safety for the drivers.

Since the Porsche 911 can be used for both racing and casual driving, it features Porsche’s proprietary Porsche Active Suspension Management chassis. The PASM chassis lowers the car’s riding height by ten millimeters. The upscale Carrera 4S versions can even include real axle steering, which is offered as an option.

Finally, the cars have the standard Porsche Communication (PCM) connectivity and infotainment system. This system in the new cars is now easier to operate compared to its predecessors. Plus, the LCD display now supports touchscreen technology similar to those used in smartphones and tablets.

In this generation, Porsche introduces concepts first implemented on the 911 Turbo. These concepts introduce improvements in directional stability, but keep the car’s agility at the same level. These concepts also enhance coordination between the all-wheel drive and the PASM chassis.

This combination makes it possible for the new Porsche 911 Carrera to retain its stability even while cornering at high speed. The Porsche 911 has also become more comfortable to drive. The new shock absorber significantly enhances the car’s responsiveness.

However, it does not sacrifice any of the driver’s control over the car body at all during dynamic driving. When drivers take up the rear-axle steering wheel option for the Carrera S, they are essentially giving themselves access to technology that gave the 911 Turbo and 911 GT3 their performance levels.

For instance, the 911 becomes more agile when turning. It’s difficult to change lanes when you’re driving fast, but the steering axle improves the Carrera S’ stability so that task is not impossible at all. The turning circle is also reduced by 0.4 meters, which is a welcome improvement to the Porsche 911’s safety in city driving.

This is made possible by the new steering wheels in the new Porsche 911, which is patterned after the 918 Spyder’s steering wheel. The new generation basic steering wheel is 375 millimeters, while diameter for the optional GT sports steering wheel is at 360 millimetres.

Climbing up steep roads and garages can typically cause the new Porsche 911’s front part to scrape against the ground, but Porsche has fitted the new generation Carrera and Targa with a hydraulic lift system.

Mounted at the struts of the front axle, the system lifts the front part of the car by 40 millimeters in a span of just five seconds. All the driver needs to do is just press a button to achieve the lift. Finally, the new cars feature an improved connectivity and infotainment system.

The upgrade is in the form of a seven-inch multi-touch display. Drivers can use the touch screen the way they operate the screens on their smartphones. The system can be used to obtain real-time traffic information through the Internet.

The introduction of Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and a cable connection also makes it possible for drivers to use their smartphones and mobile devices in sync with the infotainment system for information retrieval. Porsche is also working on improving the services that the infotainment system can offer the driver, such as Google Street View and Internet radio. 

Exterior Design

One can expect the all-wheel drive units to have the aesthetic improvements of the new entries to the 911 Carrera line. However, they will have their own unique characteristics as well. Turning on the lights will reveal the effects of the three-dimensional design of the rear light strip.

The lights look like they have more depth thanks to the 3D design. The light strip includes rear wings that protrude by 44 mililimetres. In addition, the new Porsche 911 now sports four-point daytime running lights.

Recess covers are no longer used in the door handles. In addition, the rear lid now sports vertical louvres, while four-point brake lights can be found in the redesigned rear lights. The 911 Targa’s new design now exudes sophistication and elegance.

These aesthetics now set it apart from the visuals of the Coupe and Cabriolet. For instance, advanced roof technology is now melded with the concepts that made the original Targa popular. You can still find the Targa wide bar, as well as a removable front part of the roof section.

The wrap-around rear window eschews C pillars as well. The new Targa infuses a touch of modern technology by introducing push button operation for the roof. The soft top goes behind the rear seats when the roof is opened.

Powertrain

Porsche has put to use its extensive experience in designing engines to give the new 911 Carrera the capabilities to give out the best in terms of performance. The 911 Carrera 4 and 911 Targa 4 are equipped with three-litre, six-cylinder engines. These powerhouses can deliver 370 horsepower or 272 kW as well as a torque of 450 Nm (331 lb-ft).

The S models, on the other hand, dish out 420 h (309 kW) and 500 Nm (368 lb-ft). The 20 hp difference from the basic models is possibly due to the use of turbochargers with modified compressors, a specific exhaust system and tuned engine management.

The all-wheel drive models feature electro-hydraulic control systems, resulting to impressive acceleration figures after testing was done. For instance, the 911 Carrera 4 was able to accelerate from a standstill to 100 km/h in just 4.1 seconds (0 to 60 miles per hour in 3.9 seconds).

This particular test unit had the PDK and Sport Chrono options. The 911 Carrera 4S on the other hand took 3.8 seconds (0-60 mph in 3.6 seconds). The Cabriolet S as well as the new 911 Targa took 4.0 seconds (0-60 mph in 3.8 seconds). As for the top speed for each car, tests revealed speeds in a range between 287 km/h (178 mph) and 305 km/h (189 mph).

It is a custom in Porsche to design engines with better fuel economy for every generation that comes out. In the new range of cars, Porsche was able to improve fuel economy for the 911 Carrera 4 Cabriolet by 0.8 liters.

With a PDK option, the Cabriolet now consumes only 7.9 liters when traveling 100 kilometers. Fuel consumption for both the 911 Carrera S Cabriolet and 911 Targa 4S improved significantly as well. With PDK, these two cars consume only 8.0 liters for every 100 kilometers.

The new generation 911 models are also the first to adopt the 918 Spyder’s mode switch. Available with the Sport Chrono Package, the mode switch on the steering wheels allows drivers to choose between “Normal”, “Sport”, “Sport Plus” and “Individual.”

The last setting can be customized according to the user’s preferences for the PASM, active engine mounts, PDK shifting strategy and sports exhaust system. Installing PDK transmission will also give drivers access to an additional mode, the “Sport Response Button.”

Pressing this button will configure the engine to deliver its fastest acceleration within a 20-second time span. It does this by automatically shifting to the gear most appropriate for the maneuver, while the engine is enabled to respond quickly to input from the driver.

This mode is very useful when attempting overtaking maneuvers in the racing circuit. It has always been the mark of an all-wheel drive Porsche 911 to combine traction, driving safety and excellent sports driving performance.

Price

The new 2017 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 and 911 Targa 4 range will be available in the United States starting April 2016. According to the German manufacturer the 2017 Porsche 911 (991) Carrera 4 will start at $96,300, while the 911 (991) Carrera 4S costs $110,300.

The 2017 Porsche 911 (991) Carrera 4 Cabriolet is priced at $108,600, while the 911 (991) Carrera 4S Cabriolet comes with a $122,600 price tag. For those who want an open-top vehicle, the 2017 Porsche 911 (991) Targa 4 costs $108,600, while the 911 (991) Targa 4S costs $122,600. Prices do not include the destination charge of $995.

By the end of January 2016, Porsche will be releasing the new Porsche 911 Carrera 4 and 911 Targa 4 in Germany. The new cars are expected to be sold at the following prices, which are inclusive of value-added tax and the addition of equipment required by every country: 911 Carrera 4 EUR103,983; 911 Carrera 4S EUR118,144; 911 Carrera 4 Cabriolet EUR117,073; 911 Carrera 4S Cabriolet EUR131,234; 911 Targa 4 EUR117,073 911; Targa 4S EUR131,234.

Press Release

More efficient and with greater sprinting power – the new all-wheel drive sports cars

With the new 2017 911 Carrera 4 and 911 Targa 4 models, the traction advantage courtesy of an enhanced all-wheel drive system is paired with innovative turbocharged engines that are more powerful and consume less fuel than their predecessors. The standard adaptive PASM chassis (Porsche Active Suspension Management) with its ten-millimeter reduced ride height provides an even greater bridge between agile handling and sophisticated ride comfort. Rear-axle steering is available as an option for the Carrera 4S models and enhances the car's agility even further. The standard Porsche Communication (PCM) connectivity and infotainment system with a multi-touch display offers simplified usability.

The all-wheel drive models feature the numerous optical refinements of the new 911 Carrera models, including headlights with four-point daytime running lights, door handles without recess covers, a redesigned rear decklid with vertical louvers, and new rear lights with characteristic four-point brake lights. Additionally, the Carrera 4 and Targa 4 variants are distinguished by a light strip between the rear lights which is now particularly distinctive thanks to its three-dimensional design. When illuminated, it reinforces the impression of depth. The light strip also underlines the wider body of the all-wheel drive 911, with the rear width increased by 44 millimeters over the two-wheel drive models.

The refined look of the new 911 range also underlines the sophisticated elegance of the Targa. With its individual design, the new 911 Targa continues to stand out from the Coupé and Cabriolet. It combines the classic Targa design with an advanced roof in spectacular fashion. Like the legendary original Targa, it has the characteristic Targa bar in place of B pillars, a retractable roof section over the front seats, and a wrap-around rear window without C pillars. The roof segment can be opened and closed at the push of a button, with the soft top being stowed behind the rear seats as it opens.

Faster acceleration, reduced fuel consumption

More than four decades of experience with turbocharged Porsche engines used in motor racing and on production sports cars went into the development of the new flat six engines. The result: a new three-liter, flat six twin-turbo engine that sets new standards in performance, driving pleasure, and efficiency, while offering a 20 hp increase compared to the previous engine generation. Thanks to twin-turbo technology, the three-liter, six cylinder engines in the 911 Carrera 4 and 911 Targa 4 develop 370 hp and 331 lb.-ft. of torque. Using turbochargers with modified compressor wheels, a model-specific exhaust system, and different tune for the engine management system, the 4S models deliver 420 hp and 368 lb.-ft. of torque. Both engines offer significantly greater torque than their predecessors, which is available across a broad power band from 1700 to 5000 rpm.

Thanks to the new electro-hydraulically controlled all-wheel drive, the 911 Carrera 4 accelerates even better than its comparable two-wheel drive counterpart for the first time. Equipped with PDK and Sport Chrono package, the 911 Carrera 4 sprints from zero to 60 miles per hour in 3.9 seconds (0.3 seconds quicker than the previous model), with the S model taking 3.6 seconds (0.3 seconds less). Targa and Cabriolet models need just 0.2 seconds longer. Top track speeds range from 178 to 189 miles per hour, depending on the transmission and model variant. All 911 Carrera 4 and Targa 4 models come with a seven-speed manual transmission as standard.

Traditionally, every new generation of engines from Porsche combines more output with less consumption. The new all-wheel drive 911 models are up to 12 percent more efficient than their respective predecessors, according to the New European Driving Cycle. EPA figures will be available at a later date.

Adopted from the 918 Spyder: Sport Chrono package with mode switch

In conjunction with the optional Sport Chrono Package, the new 911 models now have a mode switch on the steering wheel for the first time, which has been derived from the hybrid map switch in the 918 Spyder super sports car. The mode switch consists of a rotary dial with four positions for the driving modes "Normal", "Sport", "Sport Plus," and "Individual". Depending on the optional equipment installed in the car, the "Individual" setting lets drivers configure their own individual vehicle setup for the PASM, PDK shifting strategy, and Sport Exhaust system. In conjunction with the PDK transmission, the mode switch has an additional feature, the "Sport Response Button." When this button is pressed, the drivetrain is pre-conditioned for maximum acceleration for up to 20 seconds.

Re-engineered PASM chassis, enhanced electro-hydraulically controlled all-wheel drive

A Porsche 911 with all-wheel drive combines exceptional traction with particularly sporty handling and driving performance. In this new generation, the electro-hydraulically controlled all-wheel drive adopted from the 911 Turbo responds even more quickly and sensitively. This particularly helps aid driver control during sporty driving while maintaining agility. The PASM sport suspension, which lowers the ride height by 10 millimeters compared to the previous model, is fitted as standard to all Carrera models and aids stability during cornering. The new shock absorber generation offers enhanced ride comfort through an even more refined responsiveness, but also reduces body roll during hard cornering.

Rear axle steering is available as an option for the Carrera 4S coupe, Carrera 4S cabriolet, and Targa 4S, adopted from the current 911 Turbo and 911 GT3. It increases the turn-in agility of the 911 and aids driver control during lane changes. At the same time, it ensures greater maneuverability in city traffic thanks to a 1.6 foot reduction of the turning radius. The improved handling is transmitted to the driver via the new steering wheel generation with a design based on that found in the 918 Spyder. The standard steering wheel has a diameter of 375 millimeters; the optional GT Sport steering wheel measures 360 millimeters. For enhanced everyday practicality, Porsche offers an optional electro-hydraulic lift system with lifting cylinders that are integrated into the front axle struts. Ground clearance at the front spoiler lip can be increased by 40 millimeters within five seconds at the touch of a button. This is particularly useful when encountering speed bumps or steep driveways.

Connectivity and infotainment system: PCM with multi-touch display and new functions

The completely new PCM connectivity and infotainment system is standard and integrates new functions around the multi-touch display in the center console that now has a seven-inch format. Also fitted as standard, the navigation system can be operated much more like a smartphone and can also process handwritten input. Drivers can access real-time traffic information with a free one-year subscription. In addition, compatible mobile phones and smartphones can now be integrated more quickly, easily, and extensively than before via Wi-Fi, Bluetooth or cable. Vehicle-related services such as remote retrieval of vehicle data and Internet-based services such as Google® StreetView and Internet radio are also included in a free one-year subscription.

The new 2017 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 and 911 Targa 4 range will be available in the U.S. beginning in April 2016. U.S. pricing is listed below, excluding a destination charge of $995:

911 Carrera 4 - $ 96,300; 911 Carrera 4S - $ 110,300; 911 Carrera 4 Cabriolet - $ 108,600; 911 Carrera 4S Cabriolet - $ 122,600; 911 Targa 4 - $ 108,600; 911 Targa 4S - $ 122,600.

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