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Exterior design 911 Carrera 4 Cabriolet

Porsche - Exterior design
Models shown: 911 Carrera 4, 911 Carrera S Cabriolet

Exterior design

To show you what we mean, we should start by looking at the car’s exterior. The longer wheelbase of the 911 improves driving stability and cornering dynamics. Overhangs are short at the front and rear, making the 911 look even more compact and agile.

The sporty overall impression is emphasised by the roof line, which is lower than that of the previous model, and by the wider track at the front – 46 mm on the 911 Carrera models and 52 mm on the 911 Carrera S models. On the new Carrera all-wheel-drive models, the body has also been widened at the rear by 44 mm. Increased traction and agility are just some of the benefits these refinements bring.

The silhouette is therefore typically 911 and typical in terms of its development, which will now be described in more detail.

The vehicle architecture, with a wider track at the front axle and the lower roof line, gives the front of the 911 a dynamic appearance that is sporty and elegant. It has also helped us to achieve a low drag coefficient of 0.29 for the 911 Carrera.

Fitted as standard, the Bi-Xenon headlights still have the familiar oval-shaped surrounds for classic appeal and reveal their technically impressive inner workings. The Porsche Dynamic Light System (PDLS) with dynamic cornering lights and speed-sensitive headlight control logic is available as an option.

The direction indicators, daytime running lights and position lights are all LEDs and are integrated into the separate front light units. Their slimline design contrasts with that of the rounded headlights. Together with the two integral air intakes, they make the front of the 911 unmistakable.

At the rear, everything is clean and sharp: the styling, the appearance and the effect. This is due not least to the distinct lines and narrow LED taillights which accentuate the horizontal contouring of the rear. The illuminated rear light strip on the all-wheel-drive models further enhances the effect.

One unmistakable Porsche feature is the stainless steel tailpipes. On the 911 Carrera S models, twin tailpipes are fitted on both sides. The wide rear spoiler is extendable which reduces lift in all driving situations and increases driving stability.

The 911 Carrera models and the 911 Carrera S models are equipped as standard with 19-inch and 20-inch wheels, respectively. Their large dimensions enhance the sporty presence of the 911. The tyres have a large rolling circumference for improved comfort and performance.

Even the logo on the rear has an important function to perform. It is, after all, the hallmark of the Porsche identity.

In summary, form always follows function. As a design principle, it couldn’t be more simple, but it’s what makes the 911 a 911.