The Porsche 911 Carrera 4 and Carrera 4S, noted by the wider rear end and illuminated crossbar element between the taillamps, bring Porsche Traction Management to the 911 line in coupe and convertible forms. Haunches spread 22 millimeters further across tires that are ten millimeters wider than the ones found on two-wheel-drive 911s.

A manual shifter offering access to seven forward gears sits between the seats as standard, and the new 4/4S models are up to 143 pounds lighter than the previous ones, helping you get to 60 miles per hour in 4.3 seconds in the Carrera 4S model. (You can take 0.2 seconds off that if you opt for the seven-speed PDK.) Stick with the manual, though, add the Sport Chrono pack and switch to Sport Plus mode and get automatic double-declutching downshifts.

Inside, an addition to the instrument cluster is a gauge informing the driver of how the PTM is spreading its grip around, and the model introduces adaptive cruise control and a sliding glass roof to the 911 lineup. When they arrive in U.S. showrooms they'll start at $91,030 for the Carrera 4, plus $950 for destination, and run up to $117,530 for the 4S Cabriolet. High-res galleries from the Paris Motor Show, on the other hand, cost just a single click.
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Advanced active all-wheel drive for even more driving fun and safety
Lighter, faster, more agile: the new 911 Carrera 4


Stuttgart, August 27, 2012 -- The new Porsche 911 Carrera 4 unites the excellent performance and efficiency of the new generation of the 911 Carrera with the dynamic benefits of the latest version of the active all-wheel drive system PTM (Porsche Traction Management).

The typical Porsche all-wheel drive with rear-focused layout in this latest 911 version guarantees maximum vehicle dynamics on a wide variety of road surfaces and in all weather conditions. The new 911 Carrera 4 models deliver traction and dynamic performance to the fourth power.

The new all-wheel drive 911 is being launched on the market in four versions – as the 911 Carrera 4 and 911 Carrera 4S and each as Coupé and Cabriolet. They sport the same traits as the rear-wheel drive versions: their lightweight body design, suspension, engines and gearboxes are identical, the only exception being modifications related to the all-wheel drive. This means that despite a higher level of engine and driving performance, all four models consume significantly less fuel than the previous models; total savings for individual versions are as much as 16 per cent. In addition, the new 911 Carrera 4 is up to 65 kg lighter in weight. The most distinct identifying feature of the 911 with all-wheel drive is still the wide rear section: compared to the two-wheel drive 911 Carrera models, the rear wheel housings each extend further outward by 22 mm, and the rear tyres are each ten millimetres wider. The traditional red light band that connects the two taillights has also taken on a new form.

Porsche Intelligent Performance: high levels of driving performance, low fuel consumption
All new models have a 7-speed manual gearbox as standard, and the Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK) gearbox is available as an option. The 911 Carrera 4 Coupé with 350 hp (257 kW) can sprint from zero to 100 km/h in as little as 4.5 seconds (Cabriolet: 4.7 s) and reach a top speed of up to 285 km/h (Cabriolet: 282 km/h), depending on equipment features. Fuel consumption with PDK is 8.6 l/100 km (CO2 203 g/km) for the Coupé and 8.7 l/100 km (CO2 205 g/km) for the Cabriolet.

The Coupé and Cabriolet of the 911 Carrera 4 S each have a 3.8-litre rear-mounted boxer engine that produces 400 hp (294 kW); this enables acceleration to 100 km/h in 4.1 seconds (Cabriolet: 4.3 seconds) and a top speed of 299 km/h (Cabriolet: 296 km/h) with a suitable equipment configuration. Fuel consumption values with PDK are 9.1 l/100 km (CO2 215 g/km) for the Coupé and 9.2 l/100 km (CO2 217 g/km) for the Cabriolet.

New: all-wheel drive indicator, Porsche Active Safe, sliding glass sunroof, extended Sport Chrono pack

In the new 911 Carrera 4, a new menu in the instrument cluster informs the driver how the PTM all-wheel drive is currently distributing engine power. In addition, with the debut of the 911 Carrera all-wheel drive models Porsche is introducing the optional Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) to the entire model range, which controls distance to traffic ahead and vehicle speed. When ordered with PDK, the ACC system adds the safety function Porsche Active Safe (PAS), which helps to prevent front-end collisions. In addition, Porsche offers a new sliding glass sunroof as an optional feature for the 911 Carrera Coupé. Driving 911 cars with a manual gearbox and Sport Chrono pack can now be even sportier: In Sport Plus mode, the system automatically double-declutches during downshifts.

The new all-wheel drive models replace a very successful previous generation, of which a total of about 24,000 units have been sold since 2008. This represents a 34 per cent share of total sales of second generation 997 models. This previous generation launched with one of the greatest development steps in powertrain technology that the 911 with all-wheel drive ever made: new were the engines with direct petrol injection, Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK) gearbox and electronically controlled Porsche Traction Management (PTM). In July 2011, Porsche crowned the model series with the 911 Carrera 4 GTS, whose 3.8-litre engine was boosted to 408 hp (300 kW).

World premiere at the Paris International Motor Show

The new Porsche 911 Carrera with all-wheel drive will make its first public appearance at the 2012 Paris International Motor Show. The new 911 models will launch at the end of 2012. Prices in Germany are 97,557 euros for the 911 Carrera 4 Coupé and 110,290 euros for the Cabriolet. The 911 Carrera 4 S costs 112,313 euros as a Coupé and 125,046 euros as a Cabriolet. All prices include 19 per cent VAT and country-specific features.


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      • 2 Years Ago
      This car is too good. In my opinion the perfect car. If you can choose one car for the rest of your life, it needs to be a Porsche 911.
      • 2 Years Ago
      I have a 911 (997) Targa 4S. Porsche 911 AWD variants are the best cars in the world
      Peter_G
      • 2 Years Ago
      I get wider is better and all that, but wouldn't the RWD car benefit more from wider rear tires than the AWD sibling?
        Shanti
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Peter_G
        I was wondering the same thing. I get it more with the Turbo and Turbo S because of the huge power and torque increases, but I don't quite get it with the 4/4S. IIRC, the 997 GTS has the same wider rear haunches as the 4/Turbo, proof that it does improve the performance on the RWD cars, if you ask me.
        Shanti
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Peter_G
        I was wondering the same thing. I get it more with the Turbo and Turbo S because of the huge power and torque increases, but I don't quite get it with the 4/4S. IIRC, the 997 GTS has the same wider rear haunches as the 4/Turbo, proof that it does improve the performance on the RWD cars, if you ask me.
      Mark
      • 2 Years Ago
      The perfect, everyday, real world performance car. Want, want, want. M.
      telm12345
      • 2 Years Ago
      This is one fantastic car. Hoping to drive it at some point in my life. I drove a Cayman S in some back roads for the first time last year and while it was definitely not the fastest car I've ever driven, it was just a fantastic combination of power, agility and connectivity with the driver (and I ain't talkin' bluetooth). It was luxurious, but understated, the lines looked good, but frankly the driving was just out of this world. Even in slow speeds on New England potholes it didn't feel so jarring. Its a great example of knowing when to NOT add power.
      Dayv
      • 2 Years Ago
      OK, I need to stop trying to figure out when I can afford one. The answer is "never".
      FreeThinker
      • 2 Years Ago
      All that and a beautiful curb weight.
      H.E. Pennypacker
      • 2 Years Ago
      this is the most beautiful 911 in the past 25 years.
      Sj027
      • 2 Years Ago
      They are getting to be a caricature of older 911's....this thing needs to be about 20% smaller next generation, and that rear overhang needs to stop growing.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Sj027
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      Mark
      • 2 Years Ago
      ... the Targa will be even better.
      • 2 Years Ago
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      Chris Goldrick
      • 2 Years Ago
      Such an amazing piece of machinery. Whenever I get a chance to afford it, I need to decide if I want this or the almost as amazing Boxster S for much less. But the Boxster doesn't have that rear end, like a cat on its haunches, ready to pounce!
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