The Car­rera 4’s wide flanks pro­claim its grip cre­den­tials

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Prestige -

IF you buy a Porsche 911 you want the phat one, the all­wheel-drive Car­rera 4 with the rear flanks flared by 22mm each side to house a wider track and 10mm more rub­ber. The C4 and C4S ac­count for 85 per cent of 911 Car­rera sales. They’re sexy, swift and— in less than ideal con­di­tions— more sure­footed than their rear-drive coun­ter­parts.

VALUE

The C4 coupe costs $255,400 for a 3.4-litre flat-six en­gine with 257kW/390Nm matched to a seven-speed man­ual. The 3.8-litre 294kW/440Nm S model starts at $289,400 for the man­ual, while the cabri­o­let C4 and C4S are $280,900 and $315,000 re­spec­tively. Only 20 per cent of buy­ers go for the tra­di­tional shifter even though it now rev-matches, or blips, on down­shifts in Sports mode. Most stump up an­other $5950 for the seven-speed dual-clutch trans­mis­sion. Stan­dard gear across the range in­cludes an auto-de­ploy­ing rear spoiler, bixenon head­lamps, a 12-speaker Bose sound sys­tem, sat­nav, cruise con­trol (adap­tive is an op­tion) and a seven-inch touch­screen. S models add six­pis­ton front brakes, rear diff lock and ac­tive sus­pen­sion with 10mm lower ride height.

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