Four-Wheel Drive For Latest Porsche 911

(Monday 27 August 2012)

Porsche 911 Carrera 4S.

The latest Porsche 911 Carrera 4 and 4S will make their world debut at the Paris Show in September, with UK dealers expected to receive their first examples towards the end of the year.

The new cars use the latest version of Porsche's four-wheel drive system, and following recent tradition they are slightly (meaning 22mm) wider at the rear to allow for the fitment of larger tyres.

Standing-start acceleration is better than that of the rear-wheel drive models by a tenth or so, fuel economy is down and CO2 emissions are up, but the main benefits are, to quote Porsche, "increased traction, road-holding and dynamic performance over a wide variety of road surfaces and in all weather conditions".

Porsche 911 Carrera 4S.The only interior change is the addition of a readout in the instrument cluster which tells the driver how the engine's torque is being distributed between the front and rear axles.

The four-wheel drive system adds around £6500 to the price, so the 350bhp 3.4-litre Carrera 4 Coupé costs £77,924 and the 400bhp 3.8-litre Carrera 4S £87,959. The Cabriolet versions cost £86,583 and £96,619 respectively.

For these sums, you get full leather upholstery, Porsche Communication Management with satellite navigation and a 4.6" colour touchscreen, automatic climate control air-conditioning, bi-xenon headlights, a vehicle tracking system, a Thatcham Category 5 security package, a day's training at the Silverstone-based Porsche Experience Centre, a three-year warranty and a seven-speed manual gearbox. On all models, seven-speed PDK twin-clutch semi-automatic transmission, which improves acceleration, fuel economy and CO2 emissions, is available as an option.

The 4x4 Carreras also benefit from mild changes that are being made to the 911 range as a whole. Adaptive cruise control has become an optional extra on all models, and a sliding glass sunroof likewise for the Coupés, while every model with a manual gearbox and the optional Sport Chrono pack automatically double-declutches on downshifts when in Sport Plus mode.

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