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Malcolm Flynn | Dec 20, 2012

Porsche is celebrating the launch of the 2013 991-model Carrera 4 with the release of a new video detailing the history of the all-wheel drive model.

The Carrera 4’s origins can be traced back to the 911-based 959 model’s Group B rally development in the early 80s.

In 1986, the system’s capability was proven straight out of the box, with the 959 finishing first and second in the Paris-Dakar Rally.

The 959 road car of 1986 briefly held the title of ‘world’s fastest production road car’, with the Sport version capable of a 315km/h top speed.

In 1989, a version of the 959’s all-wheel drivetrain was fitted to the 964 model 911 to create the first Carrera 4 model.

Carrera 4 variants have since featured through successive 993, 996, and 997-generation 911s, through to the recently unveiled 991 Carrera 4 model.

Typically, Carrera 4 models have used the wider 911 body from the Turbo models (aside from the 996 Carrera 4). Since the facelifted version of the 997 model, all have featured a unique red garnish between the taillights (previewed by the wide-bodied 996 Carrera 4S).

The new 991-generation Carrera 4 made its first local appearance at October's Australian International Motor Show, and is expected in Australian showrooms early in the new year.

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