Porsche has finally brought into the global market the all-wheel-drive models of its 911 Carrera--the Carrera 4 and Carrera 4S--in both coupe and convertible body styles, a year after the German carmaker debuted the all-new, seventh-generation 911.
The all-wheel-drive 911 Carreras retain the same features as their rear-wheel-drive version, namely, the lightweight body design, the suspension, and the engines and gearboxes. The only exception are the modifications related to the all-wheel-drive system. According to Porsche, this means that despite the higher engine and driving performance, all four models consume significantly less fuel than their predecessors.
The most distinct feature of the all-wheel-drive 911 is its wider rear section. Compared to the two-wheel-drive 911 Carrera models, the rear wheel housings are wider by 22mm each, while the rear tires are also wider by 10mm each. Another new feature on the all-wheel-drive Carreras is the red light band that connects the two taillights.
Although a seven-speed manual gearbox comes as standard, Porsche's Doppelkupplung (PDK) seven-speed gearbox is available as an option for the all-wheel-drive Carreras.
Inside, an additional menu in the 911 Carrera 4's instrument cluster informs the driver how the Porsche Traction Management all-wheel-drive system is currently distributing its engine power. In addition, with the debut of the 911 Carrera all-wheel-drive models, Porsche is making the optional adaptive cruise control (ACC) system, which manages the distance to the traffic ahead and the vehicle's speed, available to the entire model range. With the PDK gearbox, the ACC system also adds the Porsche Active Safe function that helps prevent front-end collisions.