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First look at the 2017 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 models

Porsche has unveiled the new 2017 911 Carrera 4 and 911 Targa 4, which will be launched in Canada in the second quarter of 2016. All three configurations – Coupe, Cabriolet, and Targa – will feature new twin-turbocharged engines that promise more power and fuel economy. 

Pricing goes as follows:

  • 2017 911 Carrera 4 $110,100 
  • 2017 911 Carrera 4S $126,100 
  • 2017 911 Carrera 4 Cabriolet $124,100 
  • 2017 911 Carrera 4S Cabriolet $140,100 
  • 2017 911 Targa 4 $124,100 
  • 2017 911 Targa 4S $140,100

The 3.0L six-cylinder engines in the 911 Carrera 4 and 911 Targa 4 achieve an output of 370 hp and a torque of 331 lb-ft, while output in the S models increases to 420 hp and torque to 368 lb-ft. They sprint from 0-100 km/h in 4.1 and 3.8 seconds, respectively, and reach a top speed of 287 and 305 km/h.

The adaptive PASM (Porsche Active Suspension Management) chassis with its 10mm lower ride height included as standard enables an even greater spread between sporty track and relaxed long-distance driving. 

Aesthetically, you’ll notice a light strip between the taillights that produces an especially distinctive effect thanks to its three-dimensional design. Additional distinguishing features range from the headlights with four-point daytime running lights to a redesigned rear lid with vertical louvres. The roof of Targa models can be opened and closed at the push of a button, and is accommodated behind the rear seats as it opens.

There is also an optional Sport Chrono Package with a mode switch on the steering wheel derived from the 918 Spyder hybrid supercar. The four available driving modes include “Normal”, “Sport”, “Sport Plus,” and “Individual”. Using the last one, drivers can configure their own individual vehicle setup, allowing them to adjust, for example, PASM, active engine mounts, PDK shifting strategy and sports exhaust system if fitted. 

In combination with the PDK transmission, the mode switch has an additional control, called the “Sport Response Button”. When this button is pressed, the drivetrain is pre-conditioned for maximum acceleration for 20 seconds – perfect for passing manoeuvres. 

The cockpit offers a choice of two steering wheels: The basic one has a diameter of 375 millimetres; the optional GT sports steering wheel measures 360 millimetres. Meanwhile, the completely new PCM (Porsche Communication Management) connectivity and infotainment system included as a standard feature integrates new functions around the multi-touch display in the centre console that now has a 7” format. 

Don’t miss the new 2017 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 and 911 Targa 4 models coming next spring!