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New Porsche 911 All-Wheel Drive Sports Cars

A sports car with all-wheel drive is the first choice for more than one in three Porsche 911 buyers. With the new 911 Carrera 4 and 911 Targa 4, they now profit from an increase in sporting characteristics and comfort in the latest 911 generation: the turbocharged engines are more powerful and consume less, with the improved all-wheel drive increasing dynamics and driving safety.

In addition, the adaptive PASM chassis (Porsche Active Suspension Management) with its ten-millimetre lower ride height included as standard enables an even greater spread between sporty circuit and relaxed driving. Rear-axle steering, that is available as an option for the Carrera 4S models, further increases the dynamic spectrum considerably. Interior functionality is enhanced by the standard Porsche Communication connectivity and infotainment system with simplified operation and multi-touch display.

Porsche 911 Carrera 4

Porsche 911 Carrera 4

The all-wheel drive models include numerous optical refinements of the new 911 Carrera generation. They range from the headlights with four-point daytime running lights, via door handles without recess covers, to the redesigned rear lid with vertical louvres and new rear lights, including the characteristic four-point brake lights. The new 911 Carrera 4 and 911 Targa 4 derivatives also have their own distinguishing characteristics. The distinctive light strip between the rear lights now produces an especially distinctive effect thanks to its consciously three-dimensional design. It also underlines the typical format of the all-wheel drive 911, with rear fenders that arch further outwards by 44 millimetres.

Behind the re-engineered flat engines are more than four decades of Porsche experience with turbocharged engines from motor racing and production sports cars. The result is that all new 911 Carrera models impress with top values in terms of performance, driving fun and efficiency. Thanks to bi-turbocharging, the three-litre, six-cylinder engines in the 911 Carrera 4 and 911 Targa 4 achieve an output of 370 hp and a torque of 450 Nm, while output in the S models increases to 420 hp and torque to 500 Nm. This gives the driver an additional 20 hp of dynamic performance to convert into driving fun. The greater power of the Carrera S models comes from turbochargers with modified compressors, a specific exhaust system and tuned engine management.

In conjunction with the Sport Chrono Package, the new 911 models feature a mode switch on the steering wheel for the first time, derived from the revolutionary 918 Spyder. The mode switch consists of a rotary ring with four positions for choosing a driving mode, this includes: ‘Normal’, ‘Sport’, ‘Sport Plus’ and ‘Individual’. The latter setting enables drivers to configure their own individual vehicle set-up, for example the PASM, active engine mounts, PDK shifting strategy and sports exhaust system. In combination with PDK transmission the mode switch has an additional button, the ‘Sport Response Button’. When this button is pressed the drivetrain is pre-conditioned for maximum acceleration for 20 seconds, for example before overtaking manoeuvres. For this, the optimum gear is engaged and the engine management adjusted to an even more spontaneous response for a short time.

A Porsche 911 with all-wheel drive stands for the commendable combination of traction and driving safety with sporty driving performance. In this new generation, Porsche reconciles these contrasts even further. The all-wheel drive responds with more speed and sensitivity, thanks to the technology adopted from the 911 Turbo. This enhances directional stability during extremely sporty driving, without sacrificing agility. Harmony between the re-engineered all-wheel drive and the retuned PASM chassis with its ten-millimetre lower ride height is thus even better. It is fitted as standard to all 911 Carrera models and increases stability during fast cornering. At the same time, the new shock absorber generation enhances comfort and improves car body control during dynamic driving.

The new Porsche 911 Carrera 4 and 911 Targa 4 models are now available for order and will be officially launched in Qatar, April 2016.

Visit Porsche Centre Doha on Airport Street or call 4459 9666 for more information. You may also check out Porsche Doha Centre’s website.

 

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