2016 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 announced

Last month saw Porsche launch its updated rear-wheel drive 911 Carrera models. Now it’s the turn of the all-wheel drive Carrera 4 and Targa 4 variants to get a similar package of improvements.

As a reminder, the biggest change is the introduction of a new 3.0 litre, six-cylinder, twin-turbo engine which delivers 365 bhp (272 kW / 370 PS). For the S versions, that figure rises to 414 bhp (309 kW / 420 PS).

Porsche 911 Carrera 4S (2016) Front SidePorsche 911 Targa 4 (2016) Rear Side

Performance is, unsurprisingly, brisk. Take the Carrera 4S in coupé guise, for example. Equipped with a PDK dual-clutch transmission, it can now accelerate from rest to 62 mph (100 km/h) in 4.0 seconds, before going on to a top speed of 188 mph (303 km/h). Opting for a seven-speed manual gearbox instead changes those benchmarks to 4.2 seconds and 189 mph (305 km/h) respectively.

Fitted as standard is Porsche Active Suspension Management, which electronically adjusts the upgraded dampers and lowers the 911's ride height by 10 mm (0.4”).

Porsche 911 Carrera 4S Cabriolet (2016) SidePorsche 911 Targa 4S (2016) Front Side

Another key chassis enhancement concerns the all-wheel drive system. Electro-hydraulically controlled, this has been made more responsive than before. However, if extra agility is required, rear-axle steering is available as an option for the Carrera 4S and Targa 4S.

In addition to the subtle styling tweaks that were applied to the 2016 Carrera, the revised Carrera 4 and Targa 4 also receive a distinctive thin light strip that runs between the rear light clusters. As previously, their rear wheel arches are wider by 44 mm (1.7”) too.

Porsche 911 Targa 4S (2016) InteriorPorsche 911 Carrera 4S (2016) Rear Side

Sales are due to begin at the end of January 2016, with prices in the UK starting from £81,398.

Model UK Germany
911 Carrera 4 £81,398 €103,983
911 Carrera 4S £90,843 €118,144
911 Carrera 4 Cabriolet £90,240 €117,073
911 Carrera 4S Cabriolet £99,684 €131,234
911 Targa 4 £90,240 €117,073
911 Targa 4S £99,684 €131,234

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