2012 Paris Auto ShowJust the Facts:
- Porsche showed the 991-generation Carrera 4 and Carrera 4S at the 2012 Paris Auto Show.
- Both versions will reach U.S. dealers in coupe and convertible body styles in February 2013.
- The all-wheel-drive 911 Carreras are strong sellers, accounting for a third of Porsche 911 volume in the U.S. and worldwide.
PARIS — The traditional, phased rollout of the Porsche 911 family continued at the 2012 Paris Auto Show, where the automaker unveiled the 991-generation Carrera 4 and Carrera 4S. As always, these all-wheel-drive 911s will come in coupe and convertible body styles.
You'll see the 2013 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 and Carrera 4S at U.S. dealers in February 2013.
Apart from the fact that it's installed in the lighter, 991-generation chassis, the clutch-type all-wheel-drive system hasn't changed much from the outgoing 997 generation. It features the latest software from the 997 Turbo and Turbo S models. A rear limited-slip differential is optional. It'll be a mechanical differential if you choose the conventional seven-speed manual gearbox and an electronic limited-slip unit if you go for the PDK seven-speed dual-clutch automated manual transmission.
The engines are the same as on the rear-wheel-drive Carreras. Base Carrera 4 coupes and convertibles have a 3.4-liter horizontally opposed six-cylinder rated at 345 horsepower and 288 pound-feet of torque. The 4S models upgrade to a 3.8-liter version of the boxer-6 rated at 394 hp and 325 lb-ft.
Per usual, the AWD Carreras have a wider rear track than the rear-drive cars. The 4S has a 61.1-inch rear track, up from 59.7 inches on the standard Carrera S. The base Carrera 4 has the widest track of all at 61.4 inches. Accordingly, the wheel designs are slightly modified because of the different offsets.
Edmunds says: One-third of all Porsche 911 buyers choose either the Carrera 4 or Carrera 4S, so these are important additions to the lineup.