2013 Porsche Carrera 4 | Review, Price, Interior, Exterior, Engine

September 21st, 2012 | Category: Porsche | 1053 Views

2013 Porsche Carrera 4 | Review, Price, Interior, Exterior, Engine. – Now, Porsche has lifted the veil on the fifth generation Carrera 4 all wheel rive sports car ahead of a September premiere at the Paris motor show. It is expected to reach North American showrooms in February as a 2013 model. The Carrera 4 has a widened body with rear side panels extending 0.9 inches beyond the standard rear wheel drive 911, which allows for wider rear wheels and tires. The traditional red reflector panel between the tail lamps returns as a distinguishing feature.

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We’ve just crowned the Porsche Carrera S our 2012 Motor Trend Best Driver’s Car, but you can be assured the engineers in Stuttgart (while no doubt delighted) aren’t even remotely done. They’re busy remixing “the best 911 yet.” As with the 997 generation model before it, a parking lot full of series variants are on the way, starting with the all wheel drive 2013 PorscheCarrera 4 and 4S making their world debut at the 2012 Paris auto show.

But now, almost a year out since its reveal, Porsche is expanding the series family with the all wheel drive Carrera 4 and Carrera 4S variants, which start delivery early next year as 2013 models. And just like the Carrera models we’ve seen thus far, the new Carrera 4 range promises a combination of improved performance and economy. All four Carrera 4 variants will be available at launch, including the Carrera 4 and sportier Carrera 4S, as well as their respective Cabriolet counterparts, and all will be fitted with Porsche’s latest rear biased all wheel drive system and Porsche Traction Management (PTM) nanny. From the outside, the styling is almost identical to the rear wheel drive Carrera models, though in Carrera 4 tradition the rear fenders extend further outwards, adding an additional 22 millimeters of width on either side.

Available as a Carrera 4 and 4S in both coupe and cabriolet, the car is nearly identical to the two wheel drive model, except for the addition of Porsche’s latest generation PTM (Porsche Traction Management) AWD system and a wide rear body to house it. In total, the car is roughly one inch wider on each side while the rear tire size has been upped by 10 mm as well.

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2013 Porsche Carrera 4 Price :
After testing the all wheel drive version of the new generation Porsche Carrera for quite some time, Porsche has finally dropped the official details on the new Carrera 4 and 4S models. The new models will make their world debut at the 2012 Paris Auto Show and will be put on sale at the end of the year. Prices for the German market will start from 97,557 euro ($122,300 at the current rates) for the coupe and 110,290 euro ($138,200 at the current rates) for the convertible model.

We’ll see them on the Porsche stand at next month’s Paris Motor Show and they’ll go on sale in Germany later this year, finally arriving in U.S. showrooms next February. Not including $950 for destination, it will take take $91,030 to get in the all-wheel-drive 911 C4 Coupe. The C4 Cabriolet breaks the six-figure barrier at $102,930, trumped by the C4S Coupe at $105,630 and the C4S Cabriolet another high-jump away at $117,530. Have a look below at the press release with more information, get a preview of the lust on the way in our high-res gallery.

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2013 Porsche Carrera 4 Interior :
The interior of the 2013 Carrera 4 and 4S is not a big shocker, as it is mostly a carryover from last year, sans several mild changes the Porsche notates and that we see. First is an optional glass sunroof a new addition for 2012. Next you’re going to find a slight modification to the center dashboard vents, as it looks like all Porsche did was flip the 2012 vents upside down. Now the longer section of the vent bezel is on the top, giving it a grin look instead of the frown look from 2012.

The latest all wheel drive has improved performance, with added power and a curb weight that has been reduced by nearly 143 pounds compared with the model it replaces. It runs the 3.4 liter version of Porsche’s classic horizontally opposed six cylinder engine delivering 350 hp. Equipped with an optional seven speed dual clutch gearbox, it is claimed to hit 62 mph from standstill in 4.5 seconds en route to a 177 mph top speed in coupe guise. The heavier cabriolet requires 4.7 seconds and maxes out at 175 mph. The Carrera 4S gets a more powerful 3.8 liter engine with 400 hp. It propels the coupe to 62 mph in 4.1 seconds on the way to 186 mph. The cabriolet takes 4.3 seconds and has a top speed 2 mph slower than the fixed roof model.

In the new Carrera 4, a new menu in the instrument cluster informs the driver how the PTM all wheel drive is currently distributing engine power. In addition, with the debut of the Carrera all wheel drive models Porsche is introducing the optional Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) to the entire model range, which controls distance to traffic ahead and vehicle speed. When ordered with PDK, the ACC system adds the safety function Porsche Active Safe (PAS), which helps to prevent front end collisions. In addition, Porsche offers a new sliding glass sunroof as an optional feature for the Carrera Coupé. Driving cars with a manual gearbox and Sport Chrono pack can now be even sportier : In Sport Plus mode, the system automatically double declutches during downshifts.

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2013 Porsche Carrera 4 Exterior :
The new all wheel drive is being launched on the market in four versions as the Carrera 4 and Carrera 4S and each as Coupé and Cabriolet. They sport the same traits as the rear wheel drive versions : their lightweight body design, suspension, engines and gearboxes are identical, the only exception being modifications related to the all wheel drive. This means that despite a higher level of engine and driving performance, all four models consume significantly less fuel than the previous models; total savings for individual versions are as much as 16 per cent. In addition, the new Carrera 4 is up to 65 kg lighter in weight. The most distinct identifying feature of the with all wheel drive is still the wide rear section: compared to the two wheel drive Carrera models, the rear wheel housings each extend further outward by 22 mm, and the rear tyres are each ten millimetres wider. The traditional red light band that connects the two taillights has also taken on a new form.

We expect to see the advantages of the Porsche Traction Management (PTM) system on our figure eight course. The rear-drive Carrera S posted an excellent time of 24.2 sec @ 0.84 g, we should see similar or better numbers from the all-wheel drive cars. The latest version of PTM will no doubt come in handy should you get too overzealous on your favorite canyon road.

Like the outgoing models, unique visual cues will include rear fenders widened by 0.87 inches each, pulled out to accommodate the wider rear tires (stretched by 0.4 inches). A red light bar is placed above the central 4 or 4S badges, and is flanked by the two slender taillights. Inside, a new menu can be found on the instrument cluster display, which shows how the PTM system is distributing power to the wheels. Additionally, Porsche is using the 4 and 4S to debut a few new upgrades that will also trickle down to the rear drive, including the automaker’s adaptive cruise control system as part of its Porsche Active Safe suite of collision avoidance technologies (PDK models only).

As for the hardware of the 2013 Porsche Carrera 4 lineup, it benefits from the same lighter body, suspension and drivetrain as that found in the rear-wheel drive models, netting an overall weight saving of about 143 pounds over its predecessor. According to Porsche, this contributes towards an improvement in fuel economy of as much as 16 percent for some variants. Final EPA figures will be available closer to launch. The mirrors have also moved from being A pillar mounted to sitting on the top of the door a trend gaining steam in the auto industry as of late. As you approach the back end of this AWD Porsche, you’re going to find a backside that is slightly more voluptuous than the RWD, as there’s an extra 44 mm of cushion to make room for the AWD system and the wider tires.

+. New features for the new generation Carrera 4 and 4S :
>. All wheel drive indicator.
>. Porsche Active Safe.
>. Sliding glass sunroof.
>. Extended Sport Chrono pack.
>. A new menu in the instrument cluster that informs the driver how the PTM all-wheel drive is currently distributing engine power.
>. Optional Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) to the entire model range, which controls distance to traffic ahead and vehicle speed.
>. New sliding glass sunroof as an optional feature for the 911 Carrera Coupe.

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2013 Porsche Carrera 4 Engine :
Base Carrera 4 models make 350 hp from a 3.4 liter flat six, delivering a 0-60 time of 4.3 seconds in the coupe and 4.5 seconds in the cabriolet while achieving a 20 / 28 mpg and 20 / 27 mpg city / highway rating respectively. S models gain a 3.8-liter flat six with 400 hp and can hit 60 mph in 3.9 seconds (coupe) or 4.1 seconds (cabriolet) while both achieving 19 / 26 mpg.

Added upgrades for 2013 include a display in the instrument cluster that shows how PTM is distributing engine power, while AWD models now get an optional Adaptive Cruise Control feature that (when ordered with the PDK 7 speed dual clutch transmission) comes with the Porsche Active Safe (PAS) feature to prevent front end collisions. PDK models equipped with the Sport Chrono package will also automatically double declutch during downshifts.

We were already aware of the engine selections in the Carrera 4 and 4S. The Carrera 4 will boast a 350 horsepower 3.4 liter flat 6 and the 4S will boast a 400 horsepower 3.8 liter flat 6. The Carrera 4 will zip to 60 mph in only 4.3 seconds and reach a top speed of 177 mph in coupe form, and 4.5 seconds in cabriolet form with a top speed of 175 mph. The 4S coupe will hit 60 mph in just 3.9 seconds and has a top speed of 185 mph, while the drop-top model will take 4.1 ticks to get to 60 and reaches 183 mph.

The standard gearbox in the Carrera 4 and 4S for 2013 is a 7 speed manual and they, of course, have the optional Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK) 7 speed transmission. If you opt for the manual transmission and the Sport Chrono package, you get an extra special Sport Plus mode this year. This mode actually automatically double declutches for you when it’s in this mode. Essentially, it is just a rev matching system to maximize power, but it is still cool that you can say “my car double clutches for me.”
Source: topspeed.com, autocarrelease.com.

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