Posted Aug 27th 2012 3:00AM
Now that the rear-wheel drive Porsche 911 has clapped its thunder, it's time for the 991-generation all-wheel drive Carrera 4 and Carrera 4S to roll forth in coupe and cabriolet forms. The meat of the transformation is the Porsche Traction Management system, and its as much as 143 pounds (65 kg) lighter than the previous 997 C4S, despite being about 1.7 inches wider in back with rear tires that are a third of an inch broader. Detail changes include the cross-light connecting the taillamps moving up a bit and going what appears to be all LED illumination.
The new model has also brought less obvious benefits like better gas mileage than its predecessor, even with more power and speed. The 400-horsepower C4S Coupe, the quickest of the bunch, can dash from zero to 100 km/h in 4.1 seconds, max out a whisper beyond 299 km/h (185 mph) and use roughly 9L/100km (26 mpg) combined if fitted with the optional seven-speed PDK dual clutch gearbox (the seven-speed manual comes standard).
Ushering in new tech that will become available for the entire 911 range, the C4S receives adaptive cruise control, a sliding glass sunroof and, on manual-equipped cars with the Sport Chrono pack, automatic double-declutching during downshifts in Sport Plus mode.
We'll see them on the Porsche stand at next month's Paris Motor Show and they'll go on sale in Germany later this year, finally arriving in North American showrooms next February. It will take take $103,900 to get in the all-wheel-drive 911 C4 Coupe. The C4 Cabriolet comes in at $117,400, trumped by the C4S Coupe at $120,500 and the C4S Cabriolet another high-jump away at $134,100. Have a look at the press release with more information, get a preview of the lust on the way in our high-res gallery.
News Source: Porsche
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Lighter, faster, more agile: the new 911 Carrera 4STUTTGART – August 27, 2012 – The new Porsche 911 Carrera 4 unites the excellent
Advanced active all-wheel drive for even more driving fun and safety
Advanced active all-wheel drive for even more driving fun and safety
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 Porsche Traction
Management (PTM). 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 significantly enhanced
traction and dynamic performance.
The new all-wheel drive 911 is being launched 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 rearwheel
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 body is wider by 44
mm, and the rear tires are each ten millimetres wider. The traditional red light band that
connects the two taillights has also taken on a new form and is now lighted. In addition, the
front air intakes are specific to the Carrera 4 models.
Porsche Intelligent Performance: high levels of driving performance, low fuel
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 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. Transport Canada highway fuel consumption figures with PDK are 7.1 l/100 km for
the Coupé and 7.3 l/100 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; offering an 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 7.5 l/100 km for the Coupé
and 7.6 l/100 km for the Cabriolet, according to Transport Canada.
New: all-wheel drive indicator, Porsche Active Safe, 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, driving the 911 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; the Carrera
4S was the most popular 911 model in Canada. It feature a unique system that combines
the driving pleasure so typical of a Porsche thanks to the engine at the rear and rear-wheel
drive with an even higher standard of driving stability, traction and agile handling.
To achieve this superiority, PTM feeds the optimum share of engine power under all driving
conditions via a multiple-plate clutch to the front wheels. And doing this within 100
milliseconds at the very most, PTM is faster than even the quickest driver will even feel or
notice. Porsche's all-wheel drive therefore "looks ahead" thereby offering optimum driving
qualities. Standard on Carrera 4S models is the Porsche Torque Vectoring (PTV), which adds
a mechanical transverse lock on the rear axle enhancing the driving dynamics provided by
the fully controlled all-wheel-drive system.
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 be launched in Canada in
early 2013 with prices starting from $103,900 for the 911 Carrera 4 Coupé and from
$117,400 for the Cabriolet. Pricing for the 911 Carrera 4 S model begins at $120,500 for
the Coupé and $134,100 for Cabriolet.
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