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Actualité : Plus de puissance pour les Porsche 911 Carrera 4 et Targa 4

Porsche poursuit le renouvellement de sa gamme 911 avec la présentation de ses nouveaux modèles Carrera 4 et 4S ainsi que Targa 4 et 4S, tous équipés…


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New Porsche 991.2 Carrera 4 and Targa 4 unveiled

Porsche has officially launched the second generation 991 Carrera 4 range, including the 2016 model year Targa 4 and Targa 4S variants ahead of the cars’ in-the-metal debut next month at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

Like the new Carrera 2/2S platform (which you can read more about in the latest issue of Total 911, launched today), the 991.2 Carrera 4 and 4S sees the flat six under the revised decklid switch to a 3.0-litre twin turbocharged version, producing 370hp in Carrera trim and 420hp in the ‘S’.

Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) comes as standard on all Carrera 4s and 991.2 Targa 4s, while rear-wheel steering is an option on the 4S variants of both body styles.

Porsche 991.2 Carrera 4

Like previous generations of four-wheel drive Porsche 911 Carrera, the 991.2 C4 is visually distinguishable from the C2 version thanks to the wider rear arches, flared by 44mm. The iconic full-width light bar also returns, melding seamlessly with the 991.2’s Macan-style 3D effect brake lights.

The four-wheel drive system in the quartet of new Porsche 911 C4s is now electro-hydraulically controlled, utilising technology from the current 991 Turbo. This switch provides even greater sensitivity for the Porsche’s Torque Vectoring, “enhancing stability without sacrificing agility”.

This allows a PDK-equipped 991.2 Carrera 4S with the optional Sport Chrono package to sprint from 0-62mph in 3.8s, a tenth of a second faster than the new Porsche 991.2 Carrera 2S and 0.3s faster than the equivalent first generation 991.

Porsche 991.2 Carrera 4 interior

Performance gains across the board are countered by an improvement in fuel efficiency for all four models, with economy boosted by up to 12 per cent, with the 991.2 Targa 4S (with PDK) seeing the greatest improvement.

Inside, the changes are as per the 2016 Porsche 911 Carrera, with a new steering wheel that features a mode switch when combined with the Sport Chrono package. There is also the option of a smaller, 360mm ‘GT Sports’ wheel while a larger, revised PCM screen and interface has been introduced.

UK pricing has yet to be announced however, in Germany, the new Porsche 911 Carrera 4 will start at €103,983, a €7,378 increase over the list price of the Carrera 2 model.

To read all about the new 2016 Porsche 911 Carrera platform, pick up the latest issue of Total 911 in store today. Alternatively, you can order issue 132 online for home delivery, or download it straight to your digital device now. 

Porsche 991.2 Targa 4


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Porsche 911 Carrera 4 gets a boost with new turbocharged engines


Carrera 4 and Targa 4 now get Porsche’s latest turbocharged powerplant

The Porsche 911 Carrera 4 and Targa 4 are the latest 991 models to receive the all-new turbocharged powerplant that made its debut last month in the regular 911 Carrera – as the majority of the 911 range moves towards forced induction.

At the same time, the Carrera 4 and Targa 4 gain other advancements made to the range when the turbocharged flat-six engines were introduced, from small styling tweaks to further improvements in the chassis.

Those styling tweaks include a new, distinctive rear light strip between the rear light units, boasting a ‘three-dimensional design’. The rear arches are once again 44mm wider than those of two-wheel drive models, while the rear engine lid features the same changes made to the regular Carrera.

In the engine room, twin-turbochargers take the 3-litre flat-six to 365bhp in the Carrera 4 and Targa 4, with 332lb ft of torque, while those badged ‘S’ climb to 414bhp and 369lb ft.

The wide ranging improvements actually give the Carrera 4 an on-paper advantage over two-wheel drive 911s for the first time. With electro-hydraulically controlled all-wheel drive, PDK and the Sport Chrono package, the Carrera 4 reaches 62mph in 4.1sec from rest (0.4sec quicker than its predecessor), while the Carrera 4S manages the same sprint in 3.8sec.

The heavier cabriolet and Targa 4 are also quicker, only 0.2sec shy of their closed-roof counterparts, while top speeds vary between 178mph and 190mph depending on model.

The other benefit of modern turbocharging is fuel efficiency, which climbs to 36.7mpg in the PDK-equipped Carrera 4, not far off the 38.2mpg claimed of the two-wheel drive Carrera.

In addition to the new engines, the optional and performance-enhancing Sport Chrono package has also been revised, taking inspiration from that of the 918 Spyder. It gives drivers a mode switch on the steering wheel, to select between Normal, Sport, Sport Plus and Individual driving modes.

In Individual mode, drivers can choose their own preferences for PASM, the active engine mounts, shifting modes on the PDK transmission, and the sports exhaust system. An additional Sport Response Button on PDK models pre-conditions the drivetrain for maximum acceleration for 20 seconds – aiding overtaking, for example.

PASM too has been adjusted for the new car, with a 10mm lower ride height as standard, greater sensitivity to the all-wheel drive system and complemented by new dampers for greater body control. Rear-axle steering – as found on GT3 models – also joins the options list, while a hydraulic lift system raises the nose 40mm to cope with speed bumps and steep driveways.

Inside, an improved PCM connectivity and infotainment system – with improved smartphone integration and a wider range of internet-based services – joins a more tactile steering wheel, like that of the 918 Spyder. In standard specification it has a 375mm rim, though a 360mm GT sports wheel is optional.

UK pricing hasn’t yet been confirmed – German pricing begins at 103,983 euros – with deliveries starting on the continent in January 2016.

Antony Ingram

7 Oct 2015

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991 phase 2 : les intégrales arrivent !

Porsche dévoile la gamme 4×4 de la 991 phase 2 en présentant les Carrera 4 et 4S en carrosseries Coupé, Cabriolet et Targa.



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More efficient and with greater sprinting power – the new all-wheel drive sports cars

A sports car with all-wheel drive is the first choice for more than one in three 911 buyers. With the new 911 Carrera 4 and 911 Targa 4, you profit from an increase in sporting characteristics and comfort.



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