Following in the rear-wheel-drive footsteps of the 2017 Porsche 911 Carrera, Cabriolet, and Targa models, the all-wheel-drive 4 and 4S models will also receive the automaker's new turbocharged F-6 cylinder engines. Pricing for the all-wheel-drive models has also been revealed.
The 2017 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 starts at $97,295, while the 2017 Porsche 911 Cabriolet 4 and Targa 4 models both start at $109,595. The comparable 4S models add $14,000 to the price of the standard 4 models with the Carrera 4S priced at $111,295 and the Cabriolet 4S and Targa 4S priced from $123,595.
The 2017 Porsche 911 Carrera, Cabriolet, and Targa 4 and 4S models will be powered by a new twin-turbo 3.0-liter F-6 engine. In the 911 Carrera 4, Cabriolet 4, and Targa 4 models, the new engine makes 370 hp and 331 lb-ft of torque increases of 20 hp and 43 lb-ft over the naturally aspirated 3.4-liter F-6 it replaces. The engine makes 420 hp and 368 lb-ft in the high-performance 911 Carrera 4S, Cabriolet 4S, and Targa 4S models. That's also an increase of 20 hp and 43 lb-ft over the naturally aspirated 3.8-liter F-6 it replaces.
The 4 and 4S models also gain a new electro-hydraulically controlled all-wheel-drive system that enables the 911 Carrera 4 to accelerate faster than the rear-drive 911 Carrera. Porsche says the 911 Carrera 4 with the PDK seven-speed dual-clutch transmission and Sport Chrono package can reach 60 mph in 3.9 seconds, while the equally equipped Carrera 4S does it in 3.6 seconds. Both times are 0.3 second quicker than the previous model. Comparable Cabriolet and Targa models are just 0.2 second slower, according to Porsche. Top speeds for the all-wheel-drive models range from 178 to 189 mph. The PDK is standard on the 911 Carrera 4 and Targa 4 models.
Porsche claims the new twin-turbo engine is also 12 percent more fuel efficient than the engines it replaces on the New European Driving Cycle. EPA figures for the U.S. are pending.
Lowering the ride height of the standard adaptive PASM chassis (Porsche Active Suspension Management) by 0.4 inches is said to improve the balance between handling and ride comfort. Additionally, the rear-axle steering system is now available on the Carrera 4S models. The touch-screen Porsche Communication (PCM) connectivity and infotainment system is standard.
Like the rear-drive variants, the new 4 and 4S models receive the same styling updates including revised headlights, door handles, rear decklid and louvers, and taillights. Carrera and Targa models feature a light strip between the rear lights. Rear fenders on all-wheel-drive models are 1.7 inches wider than rear-drive models.
Models with the new Sport Chrono package come with a new steering wheel-mounted switch to select between "Normal," "Sport," "Sport Plus," and "Individual" driving modes, which adjust the PASM, PDK, and Sport Exhaust system. A Sport Response Button sets the drivetrain up for max acceleration for 20 seconds.
The new models arrive at U.S. dealers in April 2016.