The Carrera 4 concept first appeared in 1989 and was a constant part of the 911 family, so it was no surprise that the 997-model Carrera was soon joined by a four-wheel-drive variant in October 2005.
The new Carrera 4 used the same 325bhp 3.6-litre engine as the standard Carrera, but this time driving all four wheels via a multi-disk viscous coupling. This transferred between five and 40 percent of the traction to the front wheels, thus giving balanced handling and improved traction on slippery surfaces. Porsche Carrera 4 (997)
However, the 997 gave a new twist to the Carrera 4 angle, it was 44mm wider at the rear than the two-wheel-drive version, thus allowing wider 295/35ZR18 tyres to be fitted, and giving the car a more aggressive appearance.
Porsche Carrera 4 (997)
The Carrera 4 offers an even more complete package then the standard version and, with the wider rear arches, looks even better, too.
How to spot
- Two oval tailpipes
- Large oval headlamps
- Door mirrors with twin wings
- Wider rear wings
- Carrera 4 badge on rear.
Compression ratio: 11.3:1
Maximum Power: 325bhp @ 6800rpm
Maximum Torque: 370Nm @ 4250rpm
Brakes: Front: 318mm discs; rear: 299mm discs. Servo assisted with ABS
Suspension: Front: Lower wishbones and MacPherson struts with combined coil springs and dampers, plus anti-roll bar Rear: Multilink with combined coil springs and dampers, plus anti-roll bar
Wheels & Tyres: Front: 18x8J with 235/40ZR18 tyres. Rear: 18xn/a with 295/35ZR18 tyres
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0-62mph: 5.1 sec; top speed: 174mph