The Porsche 911 Carrera 4 and Carrera 4S have been announced, featuring a widened body and a flat-six developing 345 and 395bhp respectively
27 August 2012

Porsche has lifted the wraps on its fifth generation 911 Carrera 4 ahead of a planned public premiere at the Paris motor show at the end of September.

To be offered in four distinct models, the new four-wheel drive 911 is planned to reach the UK in December at a starting price of £77,924 for the base Carrera 4 coupe, rising to £96,619 for the more powerful Carrera 4S cabriolet.

Holding true to tradition, the new 911 Carrera 4 sports a widened body, with the rear side panels extending out 22mm beyond those of the standard rear-wheel drive Porsche 911 Carrera in a move that allows the fitment of wider rear wheels and tyres. Further distinguishing features include a traditional red reflector panel between the tail lamps. 

The new Carrera 4, which is up to 65kg lighter than its predecessor, runs the latest 3.4-litre version of Porsche’s classic horizontally opposed six-cylinder engine delivering 345bhp.

Equipped with an optional seven-speed dual clutch gearbox, it can hit 62mph from rest in 4.5sec in coupe guise, with the heavier cabriolet requiring 4.7sec. Top speeds are 177mph and 175mph respectively.

The Carrera 4S gets a more powerful 3.8-litre engine with 395bhp. It propels the coupe to 62mph in 4.1sec, and the cabriolet in 4.3sec. Top speeds are put at 186mph and 184mph.

Economy is said to have improved 16 per cent over its predecessor in the Carrera 4, up to 32.8mpg in the 4 coupe and 31.0mpg in the 4S coupe.

Among the features brought to the new car is a display showing the real time drive split between the front and rear wheels.

With the introduction of the new Carrera 4, Porsche has also announced that all 911 models will now come with optional radar controlled adaptive cruise control.

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R32

27 August 2012

So the Carrera 4S Coupe does 0-62mph sprint in 4.1 seconds - I wonder how quickly the forthcoming 911 Turbo will take?  Or the inevitable Turbo S.....

27 August 2012

If i only had the cash...........!

Peter Cavellini.

27 August 2012

Awesome. The 4S is so fast and with 'only' 400odd bhp , the turbo is going to be rediculous. 

27 August 2012

 

dear Autocar (Sir Greg), Porsche has many traditions, some from the last minute, others yet to come, but no, holding true to tradition, the 911 Carrera 4 do not come with widened bodies, that is for Carrera 4S, by default, since it appeared for the first time.

Other models are like lottery (you never know the numbers in advance, just after release).

That`s why we already got Carrera S (997) with narrow bodies, GT3 with wide bodies (997 also) and we never know what is next.

What Autocar (Sir Greg) could have spot was the newer bumpers (front and rear), that`s something new to the model also.

yours

27 August 2012

Honestly,  I remember days when Porsche used to renew their 911 every 8 to 6 years?  Now they seems to do that like, every months (almost)? 

-Every time I open up a car magamzine, there is a new 911 story in it. 

And I am getting rather tired of it!!

27 August 2012

Rocketscience that's because they've only just launched the 991 and then they roll out models as they go along. There's a few more to go yet including the Turbo, Turbo Cab, GT3 etc etc...It's not rocket science Blum 3

27 August 2012

rare wrote:

Rocketscience that's because they've only just launched the 991 and then they roll out models as they go along. There's a few more to go yet including the Turbo, Turbo Cab, GT3 etc etc...It's not rocket science Blum 3

 

Again I am lost, what is the difference between a 911 and a 991???

27 August 2012

rocketscience wrote:

Again I am lost, what is the difference between a 911 and a 991???

Quite unbelievable you are on THIS website asking THAT question. I can only assume you stumbled across a car website by mistake, as even the most amateur of car fans would know the answer to that.

27 August 2012

atomicus wrote:

rocketscience wrote:

Again I am lost, what is the difference between a 911 and a 991???

Quite unbelievable you are on THIS website asking THAT question. I can only assume you stumbled across a car website by mistake, as even the most amateur of car fans would know the answer to that.

I agree! Nearly spilt my pint! LOL!

28 August 2012

Lanehogger wrote:

atomicus wrote:

rocketscience wrote:

Again I am lost, what is the difference between a 911 and a 991???

Quite unbelievable you are on THIS website asking THAT question. I can only assume you stumbled across a car website by mistake, as even the most amateur of car fans would know the answer to that.

I agree! Nearly spilt my pint! LOL!

 

Well then ,,, But I still don't have the answers here, as you guys are the Porsche experts -Could you please tell me THE difference between a 991 and the 911?

B.T.W, I have been reading automotive journals for the past 30 years on regular basis so I certainly didn't stumbled across a car website by mistake. -It is just that, I have TOTALY lost interest in any Porsche 911 variants during the past 10 years or so.

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