The Porsche 911 Carrera 4 and Carrera 4S will be unveiled at the Paris Motor Show next month, but in the meantime, Porsche has released details and images of the latest 911.
Equipped with the latest version of Porsche’s PTM (Porsche Traction Management) all-wheel drive system, the Carrera 4 models are designed to allow the vehicles’ performance to be enjoyed in all weather conditions and across a variety of road surfaces. The driver can monitor its operation via a new menu in the instrument binnacle.
The Carrera 4 looks very similar to the rear-wheel drive 911 Carrera, but boasts a 22 mm wider rear track and wheel arches to match. Also at the rear, is a traditional red reflector strip running between the tail-lights. Despite being slightly larger that the previous 997 generation car, the 991 Carrera is up to 65 kg lighter and 16 percent more fuel efficient.
In terms of performance, the Carrera 4 offers 257 kW and 390 Nm from its naturally aspirated, 3.4-litre, flat-six. Acceleration from 0 – 100 km/h is achieved in 4.5 seconds and ends at 285 km/h. The Carrera 4S uses a larger 3.8-litre engine to produce 294 kW and 440 Nm. The Carrera 4S can launch from 0 – 100 km/h in 4.1 seconds and reach a top speed of 299 km/h.
All new models have a 7-speed manual gearbox as standard, with the Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK) gearbox being an available option. Fuel consumption for the Carrera 4 with PDK is 8.6 L/100 km and the Carrera 4S will use 9.1 L/100km.
Porsche have also announced that all 911 Coupe models can now be had with a new sliding glass sunroof, which is reminiscent of 993 Targa. In addition, the Sport Chrono pack that is available for all 911 Carrera models, automatically double-declutches during downshifts when in ‘Sport Plus’ mode in manual transmission cars.
The 997 Carrera 4 accounts for 34 percent of all second generation 997 Carreras sold since 2008 and we don’t expect that figure to drop with introduction of the lighter, faster and more agile, all-new 911.