What's better, rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive? That question has occupied auto enthusiasts for years, and so far, we've not really had a solid answer one way or the other. Evo has opted to take another whack at this tough question by pairing a pair of Porsche 911s against each other for a track battle.

In one corner, we have the two-wheel-drive 911 Carrera S, complete with the lickity-split PDK transmission, a sports suspension and carbon-ceramic brakes. In the other corner, it's the all-wheel-drive 911 Carrera 4S in a much mellower spec, with a seven-speed manual, as well as standard brakes and suspension. While the results seem like they'd be a foregone conclusion, some very British weather is there to act as the great equalizer.

We've got the full video down below. Have a look, and let us know if you agree with Evo's results.


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      canuckcharlie
      • 9 Months Ago
      People are too focused on lap times than driving pleasure nowadays.
      TrippulG3
      • 9 Months Ago
      Give me the C2S with a 7-speed manual, and damn the lap times!
        SloopJohnB
        • 9 Months Ago
        @TrippulG3
        Enough with the multi speed manuals. 4speed was plenty on the 356 for example with a LOT less horsepower….5 with overdrive, ok, but at 6 it's getting out of hand and 7 is way too many. I'd rather have an electric overdrive like the old TR3.
      LW
      • 9 Months Ago
      Isn't a track batter in the UK to see how many degree they could go sideways? Or how many percent of the time they are going sideways? Who cares about elapsed time.
      mitytitywhitey
      • 9 Months Ago
      For the sun belt, C2S. For the snow belt, C4S.
      Maikel Romeo Duiker
      • 9 Months Ago
      i was waiting al the time for an car that suits me and this is it , arrange it on my birthday 22 augustus 2014
      Devin Baker
      • 9 Months Ago
      Stopped watching after 3 seconds because they're comparing AWD to RWD in the rain. Also...the power package costs 10 thousand pounds (roughly 16,500 dollars) and you get 35 horsepower?!?!?!?!?! Are you serious????? The ECU tuner for my wrx cost me about $600 and it netted me about 50hp. Thats absolutely mind-boggling.
        ugot2bkiddin
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Devin Baker
        You're absolutely right Devin. Porsche charges a ridiculous amount for paltry power upgrades..and you will pay more for a decontented car than a full boat setup too..standard high end car industry practices. Turbo cars will always be the cheapest to get more power out of...open up the engines ability to breathe and exhale, tune the ecu for a little more boost and a proper a/f ratio and voila! And congrats on owning a car that I enjoyed driving more than all 4 Porches I owned. A properly modded WRX is a fantastic driving machine..anywhere, any time, in any conditions. My 02 made 252whp/298lb/ft on an awd dyno w/pump gas at 17psi ( vf-34 turbo ),. full Whiteline susp upgrades, Wilwood f+r big brake kits...1/4mi in 12.4@114. Daily driving joy rain or shine!
      bonehead
      • 9 Months Ago
      Whats up with the license place "A911FWD" FWD is front wheel drive not four wheel drive. It shoudl say 4WD or AWD
      carguy1701
      • 9 Months Ago
      I'll take the RWD car.
      Rr778
      • 9 Months Ago
      Correct me here but there is an indicator that shows awd usage and it nearly shuts off in turns where it hurts steering and re engages coming out if turns to increase straight line grip and acceleration. Motortrend went over this quite well during the drivers car competition. This makes the conversation a moot point for Porsches. If only vag could upgrade the Quattro system to be as good as the porsche system.
        ferps
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Rr778
        we'll probably start seeing more technology transfer between Audi and Porsche, now that they are under the same roof. The rumor is that the new Huracan / R8 platform will also have a Porsche variant.
        SloopJohnB
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Rr778
        Why upgrade a system (VAG) that is already outlawed in most racing classes. Because it's a game changer in virtually all racing situations. Quattro FTW.
          Rr778
          • 9 Months Ago
          @SloopJohnB
          And which racing class is Quattro currently banned in that allows awd cars? In the r18 Audi is allowed to use a fwd based system but they choose to use a system that mimics the same rwd dynamics that porsche also aims for?
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