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Catch a grip: Porsche releases an entry level sub-£90k 911 Carrera 4

Porsche has unveiled a new ‘entry-level’ four-wheel drive version of its legendary Carrera 911 sports car.

The 911 Carrera 4 coupe is, as the name suggests, an all-wheel drive version of the German

manufacturer’s iconic model line boasting additional grip and speed over traditional models. It costs from £88,101.

Also released alongside the standard 911 Carrera 4 is a soft-top version – the 911 Carrera 4 Cabriolet – although it is going on for £10k more expensive

All-wheel drive will improve the Carrera 4’s performance, particularly in challenging conditions. And so, it’s no coincidence that the 911 Carrera 4 models come equipped with ‘Wet Mode’ included as standard.

This means the car will automatically detect water on the road and configure its driving dynamics accordingly – adjusting things like all-wheel drive, anti-lock brakes and stability control to suit the conditions.

The move follows the introduction of the latest standard 911 Carreras which, like the new 911 Carrera 4 coupe and 911 Carrera 4 Cabriolet are powered by a twin-turbo 3.0-litre flat-six engine.

The Carrera 4 models come with model-specific turbochargers, allowing each powerplant to output 385PS at 6,500 rpm and 440 Nm of torque from 1,950 to 5,000 rpm.

Mated to Porsche’s standard 8-speed PDK transmission, the new 911 Carrera 4 will make the sprint form 0 – 62mph in 4.2 seconds, a speed that is shaved to 4.0 seconds if the optional Sport Chrono Pack is added. This is 0.2 seconds faster than the previous model.

Top track speed is 180.8 mph for the 911 Carrera 4 and 175mph for the Cabriolet.

This enhanced performance has been partly enabled by new front axle drive technology, which, combined with Porsche Traction Management (PTM), also increases traction on snow, as well as in wet and dry conditions.

The wheels on the 911 Carrera 4 and 911 Carrera 4 Cabriolet feature a staggered diameter,measuring 19 inches at the front and 20 inches at the rear, and are shod with 235/40 ZR 19 and 295/35 ZR 20 tyres, with larger wheels optionally available.

Only Porsche purists will recognise the 911 Carrera 4 models over standard cars. The same eye-catching fender arches, front luggage compartment lid and rear full-width LED light strip are all present.

It’s the rear end where the clues lie – the exhaust openings are exclusive to the 911 Carrera 4, the Cabriolet and a previously-released flagship 4S cabriolet model.

An optional Sport Exhaust system distinguished by two oval tailpipes can be ordered for all models.

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 centre console controls.

The Porsche 911 Carrera 4 range is now available, starting from £88,101 for the Coupe and £97,746 for the Cabriolet. The 4S flagship costs from £108,063.

Belfast Telegraph