Steane Klose | Jun 25, 2008

Porsche Australia has followed the recent introduction of the new generation 2009 911 with details concerning the all-wheel drive Carrera 4 and Carerra 4S models, available in both Coupe and Cabriolet variants.

As we know, the entire 911 range has seen the introduction of some key technologies that bring the iconic rear-engined sports car bang up to-date including direct fuel injection and Porsches new PDK Porsche Doppelkupplung, (double-clutch gearbox) available as an option.

Depending on the model, the new all-wheel drive Carrera offers up to 8.5 per cent more power and up to 12.9 per cent greater fuel economy while lowering CO2 emissions by up to 15.4 per cent.

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Output of the base 3.6-litre engine as fitted to the Carrera 4 is up by 15kW to 254kW. The Carrera 4 Coupe with optional seven-speed PDK transmission consumes a very reasonable 10.1 L/100km. Similar improvements have been achieved on the 3.8-litre 911 Carrera 4S, with maximum output up by 22kW to 283kW and overall fuel consumption of the Carrera 4S Cabriolet with optional PDK down to 10.7 L/100km. The standard manual gearbox remains a six-speed.

The big news relates to changes to the Carrera 4’s all-wheel drive system which sees the previous models viscous multiple-plate clutch setup replaced with a new electronically controlled PTM Porsche Traction Management system. PTM was developed for the 911 Turbo and modified for the Carrera models and offers a higher standard of driving stability, traction and agility.

All Carrera 4 models are 44mm wider across the rear panels a tradition that retains the muscular look associated with the Turbo and Carrera 4 models. The new model Carrera 4 also receives a new reflector panel between the rear lights along with the other detail cosmetic upgrades introduced to the rest of the 911 range.

The rear-drive Carrera 2 models go on sale on September 20, with the all-wheel drive Carrera 4 variants in showrooms on October 25. Pricing for the new 911 series will be announced in the coming weeks.

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