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Porsche launches its new all-wheel-drive 911 models in the Indian MarketEven more dynamic road behaviour – and 44 millimeters wider

India. Porsche Middle East & Africa is proud to announce the introduction of the all new 911-type Carrera 4 and Carrera 4S all-wheel-drive coupes to the Indian Market. These two automotive icons represent a further addition to the 911 model range and perpetuate a long and successful tradition. Porsche’s legendary 959 model and the first Carrera 4, which dates back to 1988, were early evidence of this manufacturer’s competence in all-wheel-drive technology. This important step for Porsche in India is taken under the leadership of Porsche’s Middle East & Africa new Managing Director, Deesch Papke, who assumed his responsibilities in July, 2005.

A striking feature of these new 911 models is the 44 millimeters wider rear end, which can accommodate 295/35 ZR 18 tyres for the Carrera 4 and 305/30 ZR 19 tyres for the Carrera 4S. Powered by the proven 3.6-liter six-cylinder engine, which has an output of 325 bhp, the Carrera 4 accelerates from zero to 100 km/h in 5.1 seconds and has a top speed of 280 km/h. The 4S model, with a 3.8-liter engine developing 355 bhp, can reach 100 km/h in 4.8 seconds and has a top speed of 288 km/h.

Commenting on the introduction of Carrera 4 and 4S coupes in India, Deesch Papke said: “This is my first visit to India; I can do nothing but marvel at how rich and diverse the culture is in this country. This in a way reminds me of Porsche’s profound heritage, which in combination with India’s fascinating culture promises a successful future for our business in India. ‘Shreyans Motors Private Limited’ is in the process of setting up a state of the art facility and business which will soon be in a position to offer everything that our new Porsche customers expect and deserve. With the introduction of the Carrera 4 and Carrera 4S the environment is set for a good future.”

The all-wheel drive system in Porsche’s new Carrera 4 and 4S models gives the vehicle exceptionally balanced road holding performance, absolute straight-line stability up to top speed and vastly improved traction on slippery roads. Other technologies to feature in the two new coupes include Porsche’s Active Suspension Management (PASM), Porsche Stability Management (PSM), and optional Sports Chrono Plus package, in addition to a sports suspension that lowers the body 20 millimeters closer to the ground

Ashish Chordia, Chief Executive Officer of Shreyans Motors Private Limited, Porsche Centre Mumbai, stressed the significance of Porsche’s new all-wheel-drive 911 models’ introduction in India: “Four wheel drive technology has always been an essential element in Porsche’s Heritage. Sharing that heritage with Indian sports car aficionados serves our mission to provide customers with the best sports cars in the world. A new era of driving dynamics will be unleashed in India, an era that pushes the physics of sports car handling to staggering proportions never witnessed before.”

Porsche is currently gearing up for the introduction of its all-new mid-engined coupé Cayman S at the end of November, which promises outstanding dynamic driving qualities. The addition of this model variant coupled with the ground-breaking scheduled introduction of the all-new Panamera four-door sports coupé in 2009, will enhance the breadth and depth of Porsche’s model range and power it confidently into the future.

The list prices in India are US$ 165,390 for the Carrera 4 and US$ 184,760 for the Carrera 4S (Subject to vehicle specifications and including value added tax and country-specific requirements). The two models will be launched in India on 31 October 2005.

Report from 01/11/2005