2020 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 base models announced

September 11, 2019

Porsche is expanding the new 992 911 lineup with the debut of the Carrera 4 and Carrera 4 Cabriolet. These are the base model all-wheel drive variants, following the debut of the Carrera 4 ‘S’ versions and the base model rear-drive models.

Both are powered by Porsche’s latest 3.0-litre twin-turbo flat-six engine that produces 283kW of power at 6500rpm, and 450Nm of torque between 1950rpm and 5000rpm. Sent through a PDK eight-speed dual-clutch auto, the 2020 Carrera 4 can cover 0-100km/h in a claimed 4.2 seconds (4.0 with Sport Chrono pack), while the drop-top cabrio takes 4.4 second and 4.2 seconds, respectively.

The new models take on the latest styling language which is evolved from 911 for generations, with perhaps the key highlight for 992 being the full-width taillight. Unlike previous generations, the new Carrera 4 doesn’t showcase a wider body than the two-wheel drive variants. In fact, the standard models already receive a wide track anyway.

Porsche says the only defining styling element that sets the Carrera 4 aside from the rest is the exhaust outlet design. For the S models there are twin round outlets on either side, while these new standard models feature a single rectangular pipe on each side.

Both models come with staggered wheel sizes, measuring 19 inches at the front and 20 inches at the back. They’re are wrapped in 235/40 front and 295/35 rear tyres. Behind these are standard cast-iron perforated disc brakes measuring 330mm, clamped by four-piston calipers painted in black. Porsche Ceramic Composite Brakes are available as an option.

For the passengers there’s the latest 10.9-inch touch-screen media interface displaying crisp graphics, and it includes Porsche Communication Management with smartphone connectivity. The system incorporates digital radio as standard, along with a Bose surround sound system, and a rear-view camera.

The 2020 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 and Carrera 4 Cabriolet are set to arrive in Australia during the fourth quarter of this year. Prices start from AU$245,600 for the coupe and AU$267,100 for the cabrio (excluding on-road costs).

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.