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New all-wheel Porsche swans in

2008-06-25 10:32
Porsche, 911, Carrera

Less than a month after unveiling its new 911, Porsche has unleashed the latest all-wheel drive Carrera 4 and Carrera 4S.

Offered in both Coupe and Cabriolet guises, the 4s are kitted with a whole range of new technologies affecting their engines, transmissions and drivetrains that Porsche promises will ensure even better performance than before with dramatically lower fuel consumption.

Green sports car?

Depending on the model, the new all-wheel drive Carrera offers up to 8.5% more power, better fuel ecomony by up to 13% and 15.4% lower CO2 emissions, Porsche claims.

Anew, electronically-controlled Porsche Traction Management all-wheel drive system replaces the previousdrive system (which used a viscous multi-plate clutch) and is said to deliver a more intense driving experience. First developed for the 911 Turbo, this system has been tweaked for use in the Carrera 4s.

A sporty six-speed manual gearbox is standard, although Porsche's seven-speed electrohydraulic Doppelkupplungsgetriebe double-clutch gearbox is always an option.

More power

Output for the 3.6-litre unit is up to 254 kW, with power on the 4S's 3.8-litre up to 283 kW.

All the new-generation 911 models have adopted discreet changes to their appearances and the new Carrera 4s are no different.

Bi-xenon headlights and new LED daytime driving lights are included, along with redesigned LED tail lights. Porsche is offering Dynamic Bending Lights first seen on the new 911 as an option on the Carreras, too.

In the cabin, a new Porsche Communication Management (PCM) with a touch-screen for optional navigation, information and audio systems is offered and this system is now also compatible with Bluetooth, USB and iPod devices.

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