PARIS 2012: PORSCHE 911 CARRERA 4
Lighter all-wheel drive Carreras boost performance, reduce consumption
previously reported on PH it comes in four flavours: Carrera 4 and Carrera 4S, both available as either coupe or Cabriolet. The Carrera 4's 3.4-litre engine is rated at 350hp, enough for 0-62mph in 4.5 seconds (Cabriolet 4.7 seconds) and a top speed of up to 177mph (Cabriolet 175mph), depending on spec. The 3.8-litre unit in the S delivers 400hp, a 0-62mph time of 4.1 seconds (Cabriolet 4.3 seconds) and a top speed of 186mph (Cabriolet 184 mph). All models have a seven-speed manual gearbox as standard, or as an option the seven-speed PDK twin-clutch auto.
Porsche says the 911's aluminium-steel composite body construction has brought a weight saving of up to 65kg on the equivalent previous models, contributing to a 16 per cent reduction in Carrera 4 fuel consumption despite the higher level of performance. For the C4 with PDK, expect a 32.8mpg average for the coupe and 32.5mpg for the Cabriolet. Equivalent figures for the S are 31.0mpg and 30.7mpg.
Inside, new instrument menus monitor the PTM all-wheel drive system's status. Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) is also being introduced as an option across the range. When it's ordered with PDK, the ACC system adds Porsche Active Safe (PAS), which can help prevent front-end collisions.
Another range-wide option announced coincident with the launch of the all-wheel drive Carrera 4s is a sliding glass sunroof. Manual 911s with the optional Sport Chrono pack have added responsiveness, automatically double-declutching during downshifts in Sport Plus mode.
Prices? From £77,924 for the Carrera 4 and from £87,959 for the 4S. Cabriolet versions start at £86,583 and £96,619 respectively. They're all expected to go on sale in the UK this December.
by Mr Harris. Yup, the Panamera's done gained a bit of a Shooting Brake-esque rear, a Sport Turismo moniker and plug-in hybrid tech giving around 20 miles and up to 70mph of purely electric performance. Bring the internal combustion engine into play and you've got 416hp and sub-six seconds 0-62mph, all with 82g/km and 80.7mpg. Mainly it looks dead cool though!