After Porsche unveiled the refresh of the evergreen Porsche 911, we knew the changes would inevitably extend beyond the base Carrera. Porsche announced the 2017 911 Carrera 4 and 911 Targa 4 models would reap the benefits of across-the-range turbocharged engines.
Just like in the two-wheel drive Carrera, Porsche’s new 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged flat-six engines find their way under the rear decklid of the updated all-wheel-drive Carrera 4 and Targa 4 models. In the base Carrera 4 and Targa 4, the new forced induction mill pumps out 370 hp and 331 lb-ft of torque. Bump up to the Carrera 4S and Targa 4S models, and power hops to 420 hp and 368 lb-ft of torque.
This increase in mechanical motivation means both the Carrera 4 and 4S models get to 60 mph faster than ever before. For PDK equipped Carrera 4 and Targa 4 models, it takes 3.9 seconds to reach 60 mph, a reduction of 0.3 seconds over the previous Carrera 4. The 4S models crack off 60 in just 3.6 seconds, also a 0.3 second improvement. With the added weight, the Targa and Cabriolet 4 models need an additional 0.2 seconds to achieve 60 mph. This marks the first time an all-wheel-drive 911 (excluding top-tier Turbo models) has eclipsed the straight-line performance of equivalent two-wheel drive models, according to Porsche’s numbers.
Just like the two-wheel drive Carrera, all all-wheel drive Carreras come with Porsche’s Active Suspension system, or PASM, as standard, lowering the overall ride-height by 0.4 inches. Along with the two-wheel drive Carrera S, the Carrera 4S and Targa 4S can be equipped with the optional rear-wheel steering found on the top-spec Porsche 911 GT3 and GT3 RS.
It’s not just mechanical upgrades, either. Both the Targa and the Carrera 4 are fitted with upgraded front bumper fascias, including integrated active aero ducts that open and close to channel air to the front radiators. Headlights have been redesigned, along with cleaner-styled door handles.
As usual, the all-wheel drive models boast a wider rear profile than that of the two-wheel drive models, with a width increase of 1.7 inches. Additionally, a single unbroken taillamp line extends across the rear decklid, connecting both primary taillights.
For those Carrera 4 and 4S that are rightfully equipped with the necessary Sport Chrono package, a new steering-wheel mounted rotary dial allows the driver to tailor the aggressiveness of the powertrain and chassis to his or her tastes. The dial can select “Normal”, “Sport”, “Sport Plus”, and the custom “Individual” drive modes. For those cars equipped with the PDK, a new “Sport Response Button” increases powertrain aggressiveness for maximum acceleration for the duration of up to 20 seconds.
Prices for the new all-wheel-drive Carrera models change as well, with the base Carrera 4 starting at $97,295, and jumping up to $111,295 for the Carrera 4S. Move over to the drop-top Carrera 4 Cabriolet, and prices begin at $109,595, with the Carrera 4S Cabriolet coming in at $123,595, sharing the same prices as the fancy folding hard-top roof Targa 4 and Targa 4S.
Interested customers can have the updated all-wheel drive Porsche 911 in their driveway beginning this upcoming April. In the meantime, take a look at the 2017 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 and Targa 4 range in the gallery below.