New Porsche 911 Carrera 4, Carrera 4S AWD Models Introduced
As usual, the “4” designation brings a sexier back, with the rear wheel arches being extended by 22 mm (0.86 inches) and the rear tires being 10 mm (0.39 inches) wider. In addition to that, the red lights band that connects the taillights now has a new design.
The AWD models are identical to their RWD counterparts, with the exception of the four-wheel drive system. However, since the new generation of the 911 uses an aluminum-steel composite body, the vehicles are up to 65 kg (143 lbs) lighter compared to the ones they replace.
Porsche has updated the 911’s 4WD system, but didn’t offer any details on this, only telling us that this uses the latest version of the Porsche Traction Management (PTM) system. All the models use a standard 7-speed manual gearbox, with a 7-speed PDK double-clutch being available as an option.
Climbing aboard, we find a new menu placed in the instrument cluster, which allows the driver to see how the torque distribution sits as the PTM is playing between the front and the rear axles.
So, let’s see what the front axle help does for the on-paper specs of the 911 range. In the 350 hp (3.4-liter flat six) Carrera 4, the 0 to 62 mph sprint takes 4.5 seconds and the top speed sits at 177 mph (285 km/h). If you go for the Cabriolet version, the figures change to 4.7 seconds and 175 mph (282 km/h).
As for the Carrera 4S, which uses a 400 hp 3.8-liter flat six, this deals with the 0 to 62 mph sprint in 4.1 seconds (4.3 seconds for the Cabriolet) and offers a top speed of 186 mph / 300 km/h (184 mph / 296 km/f for the Cabriolet).
Porsche also used the occasion to launch a set of optional features for the entire 911 range, which is led by a sliding glass roof for the Coupes - the feature is a new piece in our Porsche 911 991 Targa speculation puzzle.
autoevolution will be attending the Paris Motor Show 2012, so stay tuned for some real up close and personal shots of the vehicles, as well as for first-hand details of the motorized contraptions presented at the event.
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