The 997-model 911 Carrera 4S received a major overhaul for 2008.

Visually, the big news was the return of the classic full-width rear reflector between restyled LED rear lamps. Also at the back, the bumper was changed slightly, especially between the exhaust outlets and, as before, the car was 44mm wider across the rear.

At the front were LED daylight driving lamps, while Bi-xenon headlamps became standard and borrowed the Cayenne’s dynamic bending system. Also at the front, the air intakes were restyled. Finally, the door mirrors became slightly larger, to meet upcoming EU regulations.

However, this was more than a mere facelift. The 997 was given an all-new engine with 40 percent fewer components. The two-piece crankcase now had integrated crankshaft bearing housings, which reduced weight and size. Also, there was now no intermediate shaft driving the timing chains.

The stroke of the 3.8-litre engine reduced from 82.8mm to 77.5mm, while the bore went up by 3mm to 102mm. This meant that the capacity reduced by 24cc to exactly 3800cc.

The cylinder heads had a simpler construction, and were now one-piece with integrated camshaft bearings and guide liners for the hydraulic cup tappets. The lubrication system was optimised to improve efficiency. Finally, and most importantly, the engine now used Direct Fuel Injection, or DFI.  A new option was the PDK (Porsche-Doppelkupplung, or Porsche double clutch) transmission, which replaced the previous Tiptronic S. This seven-speed transmission gave a choice of automatic or manual changes and was faster and more efficient than Tiptronic.

The four-wheel-drive system came from the 997 Turbo and its electronically controlled PTM (Porsche Traction Management) replaced the previous viscous multiple-plate clutch set-up.

How to spot
  • LED daylight driving lamps
  • Dual round tailpipes
  • Full-width rear reflector
  • Carrera 4S badge on rear

Cabriolet The 997-model 911 Carrera 4S was offered with a fully electric soft-top to give open-air motoring. The roof was revised from 2008 to reduce wear on the fabric surface during opening and closing.


Capacity: 3800cc

Compression ratio: 12.5:1

Maximum Power: 385bhp @ 6500rpm

Maximum Torque: 420Nm @ 4400rpm

Brakes: Front: 330mm discs; rear: 330mm 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: 19x8J with 235/35ZR19 tyres. Rear: 19x11J with 295/30ZR19 tyres

Length: 4435mm

Width: 1852mm

Did you Know?

The Carrera 4S is one of a long series of 911s to use the 4S suffix, beginning with the 993 version in 1996.

0-62mph: 4.7 sec; top speed: 185mph