991 CARRERA 4 ANNOUNCED
Here we go then - the 991 range begins its inexorable expansion with the arrival of Carrera 4 and 4 S
cabrio versions now released.
So if you were uncertain about how to spec your new 911 and which options to choose (it's easy - Carrera 2, manual, 19-inch wheels, sports exhaust) prepare for further confusion.
Badging aside the new 4 and 4 S models are also our first glimpse of a widebody 991, the rear arches 22mm wider than the two-wheel drive versions we've had thus far. And if you don't notice that you're sure to spot the reflector bar that links the rear light clusters.
fundamentally the same as two-wheel drive Carreras, meaning a 3.4-litre, 350hp flat-six as standard and 400hp 3.8 for the S, seven-speed manual as standard with PDK as an option. 0-62 for the Carrera 4 is from 4.5 seconds and 4.1 seconds for the S, their respective Cabriolet versions two tenths slower in each case. Carrera 2s are about a tenth quicker generally speaking, though it varies exactly according PDK and whether or not you have Sports Chrono. Four-wheel drive on 997s added around 50kg to the overall weight, Porsche claiming a 65kg weight saving like for like for 991 4 and 4 S over their 997 equivalents.
The new four-wheel drive models do roll in a few new features too, not least a glass sunroof for coupes, a display showing you what PTM (Porsche Traction Management) is doing with the drive torque and 'extended' Sports Chrono with auto double-declutching on downshifts when you're in Sports Plus mode. There's also an option of Adaptive Cruise Control, now available across the 991 range, which, with PDK, features yet another acronym: PAS. This one apparently prevents front-end crashes, the implication being if you can defeat the electronic cordon Porsche has thrown around this car you really are an idiot.