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Porsche launches turbocharged 911 Carrera 4 & Targa 4

Snapshot: Porsche has installed a turbocharged engine in three of their 911 models.

It was exactly one month ago when Porsche introduced the facelifted 911 Carrera and 911 Carrera S with a twin-turbo six-cylinder 3.0-liter engine and now the 911 Carrera 4, 911 Carrera 4 Convertible and the 911 Targa 4 have all gained the same twin-turbocharged six-cylinder 3.0-liter motor. It’s capable of developing 370 bhp and a maximum torque of 450 Nm in the base Carrera 4 while the Carrera 4S version packs 420 bhp and 500 Nm.

As far as performances are concerned, the base Carrera 4 equipped with the Sport Chrono package and a PDK gearbox will need just 4.1 seconds to complete the 0-100 kmph run while the hotter 4S version can run the sprint in just 3.8 seconds. Based on the model, the maximum speed varies between 287 kmph and 305 kmph.

There’s not much going on in terms of design, but we do have to mention these refreshed 911 models now come with 44 mm wider rear wheel arches and also have a new rear light strip that interconnects the taillights. The engineers from Stuttgart have also implemented a standard adaptive Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) chassis which lowers the ride height by 10 mm while the electro-hydraulically controlled all-wheel drive system has also been improved.

At an additional cost, those who want to buy the 4S version will have the possibility to spend more on an optional active rear-axle steering system borrowed from the 911 Turbo and the 911 GT3. Interestingly, while the standard steering wheel has a 375 mm diameter, the optional GT Sports steering wheel measures 360 mm. There’s also a hydraulic lift system with built-in lifting cylinders in the front axle’s struts which upon activation via a button inside the cabin, it increases the ground clearance at the front spoiler lip by 40 mm in around 5 seconds.

The 911 Carrera 4, 911 Carrera 4 Convertible and the 911 Targa 4 are scheduled to go on sale in Germany in late January 2016, with pricing kicking off at €103,983 for the standard 911 Carrera 4.

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