Porsche 911 Carrera 4, Targa 4 Get Turbocharged Engines

Porsche 911

Porsche wants to keep its new 2017 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 and Targa 4 models top of mind. So while both sportsters made their public debut at last month’s Frankfurt Motor Show, Porsche is now throwing a few new details into the pot. Both models will not only offer new turbocharged engines, but All-Wheel-Drive as well. 

Porsche says the new electro-hydraulically controlled AWD gives drivers a more secure grip on the road, which enhances performance. It also makes the 911 go faster, shaving .03 seconds off the Carrera 4 two-wheel drive model to clock 0-60 mph in 3.9 seconds. It shaves off another 0.3 seconds to give the S models a 0-60 time of 3.6 seconds. The Targa and Cabriolet models add just 0.2 seconds to the times.

Both the Carrera 4 and Targa 4 models also feature new twin-turbo, 3.0-liter, six-cylinder engines that get 370-horsepower and 331 lb-ft torque. The 4S models deliver 420-horsepower with 368 lb-ft torque. The automaker notes that the engine gets a 20-horsepower bump compared to the previous model and is also more fuel efficient. Both the Carrera and Targa 4 models come standard with seven-speed manual transmission.

The Carrera 4 gets the new design touches of the other new 2017 Carrera models including four-point daytime running lights, door handles that don’t have recess covers, a rear decklid with vertical louvers, and taillamps with the signature four-point brake lights. The Carrera and Targa 4 models get a distinctive light strip between the taillamps. The new Targa holds true to its iconic design with the signature bar instead of B pillars, a retracting roof section over the front seats, and a wrap-around rear window without C pillars.

Taking a cue from the current 911 Turbo and 911 GT3, the Carrera 4S coupe, Carrera 4S cabriolet, and the Targa 4S offer rear axle steering. This allows for even greater turn-in agility, which gives drivers greater control when changing lanes. Finally, there’s also a 1.6 foot reduction in the turning radius. The driver is able to feel in control with a 918 Spyder based steering wheel.

The new 2017 911 models will arrive stateside next April. The only downside is their price hike of $4-5K. Check out the starting prices of the new models below, which excludes the $995 destination charge.

  • 911 Carrera 4 $96,300
  • 911 Carrera 4S $110,300
  • 911 Carrera 4 Cabriolet $108,600
  • 911 Carrera 4S Cabriolet $122,600
  • 911 Targa 4 $108,600
  • 911 Targa 4S $122,600
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