Porsche has unveiled the 2020 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 Cabriolet. The car retains the simple classic lines of the 911 with all the modern trappings. It has bulging wheel arches which give it the looks of an athlete waiting for the gun to fire before a race. The front of the car is dominated by a wide and broad air dam below the smiley face between the classy round head lamps. The rear of the car is typical Porsche with wide LED tail lamps stretched across the backside. The engine cooling grille sits on top of a muscular hump which hides the fabric rooftop when stowed. To differentiate between the engine variants, the standard 911 Carrera 4 models feature one rectangular, single-tube tailpipe on each side, while the 4S models are fitted with a set of round twin-tailpipes on each side.
Inside, the new 911 Carrera 4 shares the interior with the previously introduced standard 911 Carrera and S models, including re-designed seats, the traditional centrally positioned tachometer, and the new Porsche Communication Management (PCM) system with a 10.9 inch touch screen and improved connectivity. A control panel of five buttons with the look of classic toggle switches creates the transition to the center console controls
The Porsche 911 Carrera 4S is powered by a 2,981 cc six cylinder boxer petrol engine. The engine breathes through four valves per cylinder operated via the VarioCam Plus variable valve timing for intake and outlet valves and variable valve lift for intake valves. These the intake valves are fed compressed air through a biturbo system. All the heat generated by the engine is removed using a water cooling system which manages the heat through a thermal management system which has map controlled switchable water pumps. Using all this technology, the engine produces 385 PS of power at 6,500 rpm and a tree wrenching torque of 450 N-m between 1,950 and 5,000 rpm. The engine red lines till 7,500 rpm.
The 3.0 liter engine can push the 4,519 mm long, 1,297 mm high, and 1,852 mm wide car weighing 2,040 kg to a maximum top speed of 289 km/h, accelerating from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.4 seconds. With a sports chrono pack the top speed can be bumped up to 291 km/h. This is no less supported by an aerodynamically designed body with a cd of 0.29.
All the power and torque is transmitted to the four wheels through an eight speed dual clutch PDK gearbox assisted by Porsche Traction Management (PTM) System with electronically regulated , map-controlled multi-plate clutch and variable torque distribution between front and rear axles. The clutch and differential unit is water-cooled and has reinforced clutches to increase durability and load capacity. The handling is taken care of by a steel suspension and hydraulic gas filled vibration dampers part of the Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM). At the front the Porsche 911 Carrera 4 Cabriolet has spring-strut suspension with wheel independently suspended on wishbones with trailing links and struts. Rear has a lightweight multi-link suspension with wheels independently guided on five suspension arms.
In addition to the “Normal” and “Sport” modes, a “Wet” mode is standard on the car. This function automatically detects water on the road, preconditions the stability control and anti-lock brake systems accordingly, and warns the driver. The driver can then call up vehicle settings particularly suited for wet roads at the push of a button.
The car is steered using an electromechanical power steering with variable steering gear ratio. Stability of the car is taken care of by the Porsche Stability Management (PSM) which includes among other things, ABS. Stopping power is provided by 330 mm cast iron ventilated discs at brakes at front and rear.