This years Paris motor show will see the unveiling of the latest incarnation of the Porsche 911 Carrera 4 with the tag-line of Lighter, faster, more agile: the new 911 Carrera 4. Now I know a lot people will be shouting “come on Porsche, give us something new” but we believe the 911 to be a truly awesome car.
Since its inception all those years the Porsche 911 has been continually tweaked, improved and incorporated the latest developments in automotive technology, with today’s 911 being miles away from it early ancestors.
The Carrera 4 comes with the latest version of the active all-wheel drive system PTM (Porsche Traction Management) which improves the cars ability to stay on the road but at the same time keep the unrivalled driving experience.
Porsche will be launching four versions of the new all-wheel drive 911 the 911 Carrera 4 and 911 Carrera 4S and each as Coupé and Cabriolet. They have also paid close attention to weight, almost 65KG lighter, in the design process thus giving better fuel consumption compared to the previous model. With a possible 16% saving in fuel costs, and of course the saving of the planet, the 100,000 Euros price tag almost seam worth it – if you had a 100,000 to spend that is.
There are subtle differences in the look of the car too, with the rear light cluster getting a bit of a make over. The Carrera 4 also has a slightly bigger rear, compared with the 2-wheel drive version, with an extra 22mm extension.
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)
- A top speed of up to 285 km/h (Cabriolet: 282 km/h)
- Both the Coupé and Cabriolet of the 911 Carrera 4 S each have a 3.8-litre rear-mounted boxer engine
- The 4S 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)
So with these improvements I can’t see past the Germans when it comes to performance cars.