Porsche’s 911 model range is famously comprehensive. As far as Porsche is concerned, there should be a 911 for everyone who can afford them, whether they want a basic, driver-focused car or a hardcore track attacker or a loaded, cushy continent-crusher.
While the sheer number of 911 variants can get a little overwhelming, one of the most popular — and easiest to live with — has been the Carrera 4, thanks to its combination of all-weather usability, accessible performance and reasonable (for a Porsche) price tag. Now after something of a wait, we’re getting the 992 version of the Carrera 4 and Carrera 4 cabriolet.
The good news is that like Carrera 4s dating back to time immemorial, the 992 is looking just as good as it always has. A big reason whyis so good dates back to Porsche’s decision to downsize and turbocharge its engine with the 991.2 generation.
The 992 C4’s 3.0-liter twin-turbo flat-six produces a healthy 379 horsepower and 331 pound-feet of torque, both of which work with the all-wheel drive system to give the C4 a 0-60 time of 4 seconds. That drops to 3.8 seconds with the Sport Chrono package and the standard eight-speed PDK gearbox.
Speaking of that all-wheel drive system, Porsche has sprinkled the same technological magic on the Carrera 4’s front axle that it used on. This means that the front differential is now liquid-cooled, which means that it can handle more aggressive clutch materials and lock-up characteristics in order to help it perform better in low-grip situations.
Other changes from the rear-wheel drive Carrera include the addition of Porsche Active Suspension Management as standard and a staggered wheel setup with 19-inch wheels up front and 20-inch rollers in the back. The C4S’ electronically controlled limited-slip rear differential with Porsche Torque Vectoring is optional.
Pricing for the Carrera 4 starts at a relatively palatable $105,050 and if you opt to ditch the roof, that jumps up to $118,850, including destination. Porsche expects the Carrera 4 to hit dealers sometime in early 2020. Order books are open now.