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Porsche expands 911 lineup for 2020

Porsche adding Carrera 4 models to lineup for 2020

Photo courtesy of Porsche Cars North America

The new 911 made its debut last year as the 992 generation of the famous sports coupe. First they showed off the standard 911 Carrera and 911 Carrera Cabriolet. Now it's the 911 Carrera 4 and 911 Carrera 4 Cabriolet models' turn.

Both models are powered by the same twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter flat six-cylinder engine that the 911 Carrera is, but it has model-specific turbochargers that give it 379 horsepower and 331 pound-feet of torque. The engine is paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission and accelerates from zero to 60 mph in four seconds flat in the coupe. If that's not fast enough for you, you can opt for the Sport Chrono Package and drop that time to 3.8 seconds.

The Carrera 4 Cabriolet isn't as quick, getting to 60 mpg in 4.2 seconds and in four seconds flat when equipped with the available Sport Chrono Package.

The coupe and cabrio top out at 180 and 179 mph, respectively.

2020 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 and 911 Carrera 4 Cabriolet

2020 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 and 911 Carrera 4 Cabriolet exterior

Photo courtesy of Porsche Cars North America

Porsche is adding the 2020 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 and 911 Carrera 4 Cabriolet to its lineup for the 2020 model year.

Both models come standard with Normal and Sport drive modes, as well as Wet Mode preconditioning technology. A fully variable, electronically controlled limited slip rear differential with torque vectoring technology, which is standard on the 911 Carrera S and 4S models, can be ordered as an option.

Both models have 19-inch wheels in the front and 20-inchers in the rear. Buyers can up those diameters by an inch each by checking an options box.

A 10.9-inch infotainment touch screen is standard and is paired with a control panel of buttons and toggle switches to control various functions.

The 2020 911 Carrera 4 and 911 Carrera 4 Cabriolet are available to order now and are expected to arrive at U.S. dealerships in early 2020. The MSRP for the 911 Carrera 4 is $104,700, while the 911 Carrera 4 Cabriolet retails for $117,500. Both models come with an additional $1,350 delivery, processing and handling fee.

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The Sport Classic comes to the U.S. for the first time next year.

Porsche

Porsche's bringing the 911 Sport Classic back to market, and it's headed to the United States for the first time. The car features distinctive styling, a rowdy twin-turbo flat-six engine, and plenty of go-fast gear from the 911 Turbo S upon which it is based. The car is scheduled for limited release late in 2022 as a 2023 model year.

2021 Porsche 911 Sport ClassicThe Sport Classic comes exclusively with a manual transmission and RWD.Porsche

The Sport Classic gets the Turbo S powertrain, which means a 3.7-liter twin-turbocharged flat-six engine producing 543 horsepower and 442 pound-feet of torque. It's paired exclusively with a seven-speed manual transmission and rear-wheel drive. Porsche says the combo makes the car the most powerful 911 with a manual gearbox currently on sale. The Sport Classic also gets a laundry list of parts from the Turbo S, including Porsche Ceramic Composite Brakes, rear-axle steering, a sport exhaust, and an active sport suspension system.

2021 Porsche 911 Sport ClassicThe car comes with an interior not seen since the Porsche 918 Spyder.Porsche

The car' comes with Sport Grey Metallic paint with grey accent stripes, a carbon fiber reinforced plastic hood, and unique graphics on both sides. It rides on 20-inch wheels up front and 21-inch wheels in back, which are designed as reinterpretations of the old-school Fuchs design. In back, the Sport Classic gets unique bodywork that sets it apart from the 911 Turbo, such as deleted air intakes and a large ducktail spoiler. Inside, the 911 gets open-pore wood trim and semi-aniline leather upholstery in cognac and black. Porsche says the Sport Classic is the first car to get that type of leather since the iconic 918 Spyder.

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What was your best car-related experience this year?

Chris Teague

This year has been a lot of things, but it hasn't been boring. Even if we focus only on the car world, there's plenty to talk about, from microchip-related new vehicle shortages to the wave of new electric vehicles hitting the market. That leaves us with a question for all of you: What was the best or most memorable car moment for you in 2021? I'll get the conversation started.

Porsche Cayenne GTSMy SoCal Cayenne śaw snow for the first time in its nearly 200k-mile life last week.Chris Teague

I'd spent a good portion of 2021 wanting a new-old car to drive when I wasn't testing a new vehicle. That's harder than you'd think for someone who thinks, talks, and writes about cars all day, because there are so many interesting, risky, and downright funky options out there in every price range. The added headache for me was that I'd chosen to shop for a "fun" car in one of the most volatile car markets ever seen. Even the extremely high-mileage "untouchable" European cars I wanted to buy were commanding ridiculous prices.

After a solid few months of waffling between various rattletrap Mercedes-AMG, BMW M, and Audi S/RS cars, I landed on an option that had escaped me before: The Porsche Cayenne. First-generation Cayennes are a real bargain now, but the 955/957 (Porsche's internal code for the SUVs) can experience major problems that occur with or without regular maintenance and care. I was determined to buy one, and wasn't overly concerned about mileage, as long as I could count the number of owners on one hand. There was a beautiful 2009 Cayenne GTS with 90,000 miles but nine owners, a gorgeous 2004 Cayenne Turbo with a concerning engine tick, and many more just like them. Finally, I decided to risky-click a 196,000-mile Cayenne GTS in Southern California. It had one owner and one dealer-owner for a month or two prior to sale, its condition looked decent in photos, and I was able to negotiate a reasonable enough price that shipping it from San Diego to Maine wasn't a huge problem.

Porsche Cayenne GTSThe pics look great, but hands-on tells another story.Chris Teague

I had two traveling Euro mechanics check the car out, and both confirmed that it was well-worn but mechanically sound, so I jumped. Ten days later, on a snowy, icy, dark Maine afternoon, the Cayenne arrived. Cosmetically, there were a few things the dealer and mechanics failed to mention, but overall, it looked good. The SUV passed Maine safety and emissions testing without problem, got a new set of Michelins, and I was on my way.

Porsche Cayenne GTSI'm in danger, but thankfully this should be a reasonable fix.Chris Teague

A few days of driving revealed what I was really in for. A check engine light revealed a camshaft position sensor error and the Cayenne displayed a nasty vibration at idle. A new sensor and motor mounts, and I'm on my way. I'll update you as more things break or miraculously work, but I want to hear your memories from 2021.

Email me at chris@automotivemap.com, and I will compile the best and most interesting stories for a story on New Year's Day. May you all have a wonderful 2022.

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