With the 2012 Paris Motor Show only a month away, Porsche has decided to officially unveil the latest iteration of the 2013 Porsche 911 the all wheel drive equipped Carrera 4 and Carrera 4S.
Available as either a coupe or convertible, both versions of the Carrera 4 have been equipped with the newest version of Porsche’s familiar Porsche Traction Management (PTM) all-wheel drive system which sends power to all four wheels. The exterior styling of the Carrera 4 maintains many of the familiar curves and sensuous lines that originally made their debut in the standard 911, but the PTM system’s additional mechanical components forced Porsche engineers to slightly widen the rear end to help make the system fit, which along with stronger tires makes the Carrera 4 easily distinguishable from its rear wheel drive counterpart when viewed side by side. In addition to the slight visual tweaks, the 2013 Carrrera 4 (coupe) is also 143 pounds lighter than the old model thanks to many of the same weight saving measures that first made their debut on the standard 911.
Base Carrera 4s are powered by a 3.4 liter flat six engine, which is good for 350 horsepower and a 0 to 60 time of 4.3 seconds for the coupe with the convertible following close behind at 4.5 seconds before topping out at 177 and 175 mph, respectively. The company claims that the coupe version is capable of achieving 20 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway when paired with the PDK transmission.
Up-level 4S models increase the performance quotient with a 3.8 liter flat six which makes an even 400 horsepower. This new-found muscle helps the 4S coupe make the 0 to 60 sprint in 3.9 seconds, with the convertible version completing the same feat in 4.1 seconds. It also helps the 4S Coupe reach a blistering top speed of 185 mph with the convertible clocking in at a slightly slower 183 mph. Porsche claims that both models are capable of achieving 19 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway, which is not a noticeable mileage penalty compared to a base Carrera 4.
To help transmit all of this power to the road, all Carrera 4 models will be available with a seven speed manual transmission as standard equipment, which automatically double de-clutches on downshifts when paired with the optional Sport Chrono Package. Customers not interested in rowing through the gears themselves can also equip the car with Porsche’s seven speed PDK dual clutch gearbox as an option.
After the 2013 Carrera 4 makes its official debut at the 2012 Paris Motor Show in September, look for it to begin arriving in Porsche showrooms sometime in 2013. The cheapest version will be the Carrera 4 which has a $91,030 entry fee followed closely behind by the Carrera 4 Cabriolet and its $102,930 price tag. The 4S coupe and cabriolet will serve as the top two trim levels and feature equally exclusive pricing with those models ringing in at $105,630 and $117,530, respectively. Porsche has also released a brief video about the Carrera 4 which can be seen below.