Porsche 911 Carrera 4 unveiled

Porsche has revealed details of its four-wheel drive 911 Carrera 4 and Carrera 4S models.

Porsche has unveiled its current generation 911 Carrera 4 and 4S model, prior to its official launch at the Paris motor show on 27 September. The four-wheel drive models are priced from £77,924, and will go on sale in the UK in December.

Featuring a new active all-wheel drive system, with an updated ‘Porsche Traction Management’ system, the new model is said to retain the rear-wheel drive feel of the 911, while gaining the benefits of four-wheel drive.

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All Carrera 4 models will now get the wide-arch look, previously reserved for 4S models. The 22mm increase in width allows the fitment of 10mm wider rear tyres.

The new four-wheel drive system coupled to the current 991 equals a weight saving of 65kg over the outgoing 997 Carrera 4. Power comes from the same 345bhp 3.4-litre engine as the standard 911, or the bigger 3.8-litre powerplant, producing 395bhp in Carrera S form.

The added traction has slightly improved 0-62mph times, with the 3.4 model taking 4.5secs when fitted with PDK, a tenth up on the rear-drive Carrera. The 3.8 Carrera 4S will do the 0-62mph sprint in 4.1secs, compared to 4.3secs of the standard 3.8 S model.

One of the biggest improvements over the four-wheel drive 997 models is a 16% improvement in economy – managing 32.8mpg in the Carrera 4 and 31.0mpg in the 4S.

From launch, it will be available in Coupe or Cabriolet form, and all models will feature the seven-speed manual gearbox as standard - with the PDK twin-clutch automatic an option.

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