Melbourne. Porsche Cars Australia Pty Ltd today confirmed pricing for the all-wheel drive versions of the 911 that go on sale in November 2005.
PCA will launch four Carrera 4 models later this year; bringing to eight the number of 911 variants to go on sale since the new model’s introduction in September 2004.
The all-wheel drive models encompass Carrera 4 Coupe and Carrera 4S Coupe, together with the open-top Carrera 4 Cabriolet and Carrera 4S Cabriolet.
The Carrera 4 Coupe, priced from $210,200, is powered by the proven 3.6-liter six-cylinder boxer engine, with an output of 239 kW to enable a 0 to 100 km/h acceleration time of 5.1 seconds en-route to a 280 km/h top speed. The Carrera 4S Coupe, priced from $236,100, is powered by the acclaimed 3.8-liter engine developing 261 kW to allow a 0 to 100 km/h sprint in 4.8 seconds and a 288 km/h top speed.
The open-top versions of the Carrera 4 and Carrera 4S add a further dimension to the 911 sports car experience, with the soft top opening or closing automatically in only 20 seconds at speeds up to 50 km/h. The soft top, at 42 kgs, weighs barely half as much as a comparable metal folding roof, to provide a lower centre of gravity and higher degree of lateral dynamics.
Performance of both open-top models is outstanding. The Carrera 4 Cabriolet, priced from $229,900, accelerates from 0 to 100km/h in 5.3 seconds and has the same 280 km/h top speed as its Coupe sibling. The Carrera 4S Cabriolet, priced from $255,800, completes the 0 to 100km/h sprint in 4.9 seconds on its way to a Coupe-matching 288 km/h maximum speed.
The all-wheel drive Carrera 4 versions of the new 911 are characterised by striking rear wheel arches that are 44 mm wider than the Carrera 2 variants. The rear wheels of the Carrera 4 can therefore be fitted with 295/35 ZR 18 tyres, and the Carrera 4S with 305/30 ZR 19 tyres.
The all-wheel drive system uses a multi-disc viscous coupling and transfers between five and 40 per cent of the tractive force permanently to the front wheels, giving the two new Coupes and Cabriolets beautifully balanced performance on bends, absolute straight-line stability at top speed and improved traction on slippery roads.
Porsche Stability Management (PSM) now has two new functions to improve active safety on Carrera 4 models: the brake system is pre-filled ready for a full brake application, thus eliminating the air gap between the pads and the disc to optimise stopping distances.
The second new PSM function is activated if the driver presses the brake pedal quickly but not forcefully. In this situation, the hydraulic pump builds up extra pressure to bring all the wheels into the ABS range and ensure optimal braking.
“The addition of all-wheel drive safety and stability, superb grip and braking, plus a more muscular design takes the famed 911 to an even more sophisticated level,” says PCA Managing Director, Michael Winkler. “The Carrera 4 is about maximising driver control across a wider range of driving situations.”