The Carrera 4’s wide flanks proclaim its grip credentials
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.
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.