As one would expect, all of this refinement and performance comes at a bit of a price. The 2020 911 C4S has a base price of $137,400 CAD. Check off a few of the performance offerings on the extensive options list, then add in destination charge, fees, taxes, etc., and you can quickly approach the $200,000 CAD mark. But what you end up with is one of the most usable four-season sports cars available. To safely tackle all four seasons, a set of Porsche wheels and winter tires will set you back an additional five to ten thousand dollars.
Is It TrackWorthy?
The most obvious answer to this question is, yes, all Porsche 911’s are track worthy. But there’s more to it than that. The first generation Porsche 911 was a small nimble sports car weighing just 2,300 pounds and measuring 168 inches long and 66 inches wide. The 2020 911 C4S is 10 inches longer, more than a foot wider and 1,200 pounds heavier. The current 911 is now thought of as more of a grand tourer than a pure, stripped down, sports car. But make no mistake about it, this 911 C4S is very TrackWorthy!
The C4S’ acceleration and braking performance is simply amazing. This 911 puts all of its power to the pavement through a seamless all-wheel drive system that really delivers. Launches from a standstill are rocket straight, and provide the driver with a huge amount of confidence that, as long as you point the car in the right direction, it is going to take care of everything else. You get the impression that you could perform acceleration and braking runs in any kind of weather on any type of surface, and the C4S would not be fazed. Braking is equally as impressive and confidence inspiring.
Next up was the flowing 2.8 km (1.7 mile) Driver Development Track at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park near Bowmanville, Ontario. This was a much more suitable environment for the 911 as it was possible to really build up speed around the 18 turn course. With every lap around the track, the C4S instills the utmost confidence that its all-wheel drive and PDK transmission can safely and predictably propel you around the race track. Sure, a rear wheel drive and a manual transmission configuration might get the driver more involved in the process, but it also makes going fast, so much more demanding on the driver’s ability. The average driver can extract a lot more out of a PDK 911 C4S because it is so capable.
As we walked towards this C4S, we assumed that it would deliver all of the legendary performance that is associated with the iconic Porsche 911. We expected that it would deliver acceleration, braking and handling characteristics at the highest level, and do it all without it, or us, breaking a sweat. It delivered.
As you walk away from this 911, you take away with you a real sense that this car is the result of more than five decades of relentless Porsche engineering refinement. It is a real treat to be able to experience this car’s capabilities on the road and on the track.