The all-wheel drive versions of the Porsche 911 Carrera are here – the Carrera 4 and Carrera 4S.
Like their rear-wheel drive equivalents, they come equipped with either a 3.4- or 3.8-litre flat-six engine. The 3.4 in the Carrera 4 produces 350hp, while the 3.8 in the Carrera 4S is good for 400hp.
The Carrera 4 coupe will sprint from standstill to 60mph in 4.3 seconds and reach a top speed of 177mph (283km/h), while the Cabriolet version takes 4.5 seconds and maxes out at 175mph (280km/h). The Carrera 4S coupe takes 3.9 seconds to reach 60mph, while the Cabriolet takes 4.1 seconds – top speeds are 185mph (296km/h) and 183mph (292km/h) respectively.
Apart from the addition of a pair of driveshafts, the Carrera 4 models are wider at the rear wheel arches as well. They are wider by a total of 44mm, thus allowing to fit rear wheels that are wider by 10mm – which should give it more traction and cornering grip. The new Carrera 4 and 4S also weigh 65kg less than the cars they are replacing.
As with all the 911 range, a seven-speed double-clutch gearbox is available as an option, as well as a new-for-the-Carrera-4 option that shows how much torque is actually being distributed to which axle.
The Carrera 4 and 4S will debut at the Paris Motor Show on 29 September, while market launch should commence late this year. The Carrera 4 coupe will cost $91,030 (€97,557 in Germany, and £77,924 in the UK), while the Cabriolet will cost $102,930 (€110,290 in Germany). The Carrera 4S will cost $105,630 (€112,313 in Germany), while the 4S Cabriolet will cost $117,530 (€125,046 in Germany, and £96,619 in the UK).