Steadfastness. Another apparent Porsche contradiction. But whilst it’s true that sports cars are all about movement, about surging forwards, it’s even more important to stay calm at all times, to act with composure and never rashly. So it’s reassuring that you can rely on the handling characteristics of the 911 Carrera 4S.
The Porsche Traction Management (PTM) active all-wheel-drive system is particularly dependable, especially when driving the car at the limits of performance. To achieve this, our engineers have travelled right to the physical boundaries – and extended them. PTM now ensures that the car is poised and balanced, and really comes into its own when adopting a sporty driving style or travelling in extreme weather conditions.
At the rear, the car is the personification of roadholding, with its 44 mm wider body and broader track by comparison with the rear-wheel-drive 911 Carrera models, and with road-hugging 305 mm wide rear wheels. The seamless horizontal taillight strip continues the same styling language. The all-wheel-drive model is also recognisable from the front, thanks to its dynamically accentuated cooling air intakes in the front end.
Though the car is practically at one with the ground, it cannot keep still. This is unsurprising when it is powered by a 3.8-litre engine developing 294 kW (400 hp) at 7,400 rpm. When combined with optional Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK), this power unit can accelerate the car to 62 mph in a mere 4.3 seconds. And continue up to a maximum speed of 184 mph.
Nevertheless, the 911 Carrera 4S demonstrates that this level of performance needn’t come at the expense of fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. Fuel-efficient technologies, such as electrical system recuperation, auto start/stop – both integrated as standard – and the ‘coasting’ function of PDK, prove that Porsche is continually resolving conflicting aims by means of Intelligent Performance.
Where safety is concerned, the monobloc fixed brake calipers at the front of the S models have six pistons instead of four, whilst the brake pads are 10% larger. The result is even shorter braking distances. Proof that, at Porsche, safety is an integral part of performance, not its polar opposite.