2017 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 and Targa 4 Officially Revealed

After launching the Carrera and the Carrera S with a turbocharged engine for the very first time, Porsche have launched turbocharged versions of the Carrera 4S coupe, the Carrera 4S Cabriolet and the Targa 4S. This was an expected move from the German company as we knew that the whole 911 is going turbocharged after more than 50 years of using naturally aspirated engines. This is a huge disappointment for all 911 purists but the impact it has on the characteristics is yet to be ascertained.

Porsche 911 Carrera 4 front


The all-wheel drive cars gets the same visual changes as the rear-wheel drive cars. These include new headlights, new tail lights, new front and rear bumpers. It also gets four point daytime running lights and new door handles. Additionally, they also get a light strip between the rear lights which has a three dimensional design to it. Compared to the two-wheel drive models, these cars are 44 millimetres wider.

The sports car gets PCM connectivity and infotainment system with a seven inch multi touch display in the centre console. As standard, it gets features like navigation system which can process hand written inputs and smartphone connectivity. Porsche also give a free one year subscription of real-time traffic information and vehicle – related services such as remote retrieval of vehicle data and internet based services such as Google® StreetView and internet radio.

Porsche 911 Carrera 4 interiors

Porsche has developed turbocharged engine for over forty years now and this experience has helped them in crafting the engine powering the refreshed 911 line-up. The new turbocharged engines have more power than the naturally aspirated units but it consumes lesser fuel. The 2017 cars will be powered by a three litre, twin turbo, flat six engine producing 370 bhp and 450 Nm of torque. The 4S models get 420 bhp and 500 Nm of torque. The torque is available between 1,700 rpm to 5,000 rpm. Just like the other two-wheel drive model, the transmission options are a 7-speed manual and a 7-speed PDK automatic transmission. Power is sent to all four wheels. The all-wheel drive system is electro – hydraulically controlled.

When equipped with a PDK and the Sport Chrono package, the 911 Carrera 4 accelerates from a stand still to a 100 kmph in 4.0 seconds. The Carrera 4S does the same sprint in 3.6 seconds. The Targa and the cabriolet variants take 0.2 seconds more than the coupe. Depending on the transmission chosen and the model, top speed will be between 286 kmph and 304 kmph. According to the New European Driving Cycle, the current all-wheel drive 911s are about 12% more fuel efficient than their predecessors.

Porsche 911 Targa 4 front

The electro – hydraulically controlled all-wheel drive has been adopted from the 911 turbo and it improves traction. It also responds even more quickly and sensitively. This helps the driver keep control of the sports car during sporty driving while maintaining agility. As standard, the sports car gets PASM sport suspension, which lowers the ride height by 10 millimeters compared to the previous model. It gets new shock absorbers which improves the body roll and improves handling by reducing body roll. The sports car also get rear wheel steering from the 911 Turbo and the 911 GT3. The rear wheel steering improves agility and handling on the track and improves maneuverability in the city.

Along with the optional Sport Chrono Package, the sports car gets a mode mode switch taken from the hybrid 918 Spyder hypercar. It can be used to toggle between “Normal”, “Sport”, “Sport Plus,” and “Individual” modes. The different modes change the vehicle setup for the PASM, PDK shifting strategy, and Sport Exhaust system. Along with this, the cars equipped with a PDK transmission get a “Sport Response Button” which tunes the drivetrain for a few seconds to give the maximum acceleration.

Porsche 911 Targa 4 left side

The prices for the American market are given below:
Porsche 911 Carrera 4: $96,300
Porsche 911 Carrera 4S: $110,300
Porsche 911 Carrera 4 Cabriolet: $108,600
Porsche 911 Carrera 4S Cabriolet: $122,600
Porsche 911 Targa 4: $108,600
Porsche 911 Tagra 4S: $122,600

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