The four-wheel-drive Porsche 911 Carrera 4S is back – and with a 350bhp 3.8-litre engine, it now has more grunt than ever before.
Heading for the UK in October, the 4S is joined by the new Carrera 4, which runs a 321bhp 3.6-litre flat-six powerplant to mirror the current strategy with the rear-wheel-drive Carrera and Carrera S models.
The 997-series Carrera 4 and Carrera 4S, pictured here officially for the first time, are differentiated from their rear-drive siblings by 44mm-wider rear wheelarches housing larger wheel and tyres – 295/35 R18 for the Carrera 4 and 305/30 R19 for the Carrera 4S.
Both new 911 models can be ordered with an optional sports suspension similar to that already available on the Carrera and Carrera S. It adds firmer springs and dampers, lowers the ride height by 20mm and includes a rear differential lock.
The Carrera 4S also gains Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM), giving the choice between two different levels of suspension stiffness – normal or sport. It will be optional on the Carrera 4.