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Specification

  • Mileage: 51000
  • Transmission: Automatic
  • Fuel Type: Petrol
  • Engine Size: 3.6
  • Interior Colour: Black Leather
  • Exterior Colour: Grey Metallic
  • Body Style: Coupe
  • Seats: 4
  • Service: FSH
  • Reg date: 2009/11

Optional extras

  • 19" Carrera Sport alloy wheels
  • PCM Satnav,
  • PASM - Porsche Active Suspension Management
  • PSM - Porsche Stability Management
  • Metallic paint
  • Black Leather interior
  • Bi-Xenon lighting system with headlamp levelling
  • 18" Carrera IV alloy wheels
  • PTM (Porsche Traction Management)
  • Alarm
  • Mobile Phone preparation with bluetooth interface
  • Universal audio interface
  • iPod, USB & AUX sockets
  • iPod Cable
  • 3 Spoke PDK multifunction steering wheel in Aluminium look
  • Leather interior in standard colour
  • Cruise Control
  • Wheel centres with full colour Porsche crest
  • Electric front seat back rest adjust
  • Metallic paint
Description
  • Engine Power 345 bhp
  • Top Speed 175 mph
  • Acceleration (0-62mph) 4.8 seconds
  • CO2 Rating (g/km) 237 g/km
  • Average mpg 28 mpg
  • Boot Capacity 105 litres

Description

Auto Express says:

The new 911 Carrera 4 is a fantastic performance car in almost every way, but it’s become difficult to justify over the regular Carrera. The margin between the two is so thin that £5,000 extra seems like too much. If you really must have a four-wheel-drive 911, the more powerful Carrera 4S model makes a stronger case for itself.

The latest rear-wheel-drive Porsche 911 has so much traction and grip that it’s more difficult than ever for the four-wheel-drive Carrera 4 to set itself apart. So is a little reassurance still worth an extra £5,000 over the standard rear-drive Carrera?

A brief look at the performance figures reveals there’s no benefit when it comes to acceleration off the line. Our manual Carrera 4 test car goes from 0-62mph in 4.9 seconds, while the rear-drive Carrera can manage the same in 4.8 seconds. The tables are likely to turn in slippery conditions, but the standard Carrera hardly ever struggles to put its power down.

It’s also difficult to feel the benefit of all-wheel drive through corners. With 50bhp less than the S model, the regular Porsche 911 Carrera is already a more forgiving car to drive at the limit, so the added security of traction from both axles isn’t significant. You have to provoke the Carrera 4 before you feel its front wheels helping to guide you around a corner, where the standard Carrera would either oversteer or just cut power.

None of this means the new Carrera 4 is disappointing to drive – in fact, it’s fantastic – but from behind the wheel, you’ll struggle to tell the difference over a standard Carrera.

A PDK gearbox, sports exhaust and torque vectoring could all be added to a Carrera for about the same amount, and the end result would be a more thrilling and well-rounded performance car.

 

What car says

The Porsche 911 Carrera 4 is a truly awe-inspiring car. We’d heartily recommend it to anyone and everyone. Just make sure you really need four-wheel drive before spending the extra over the standard Carrera model.
The Carrera 4’s four-wheel-drive system delivers stunning traction, while the performance and agility are similarly impressive. The 911 can also play the comfortable and civilised cruiser when you just want to get to where you’re going.

Performance in the 394bhp S and 4S models is stunning, and the Turbo and Turbo S are ballistic, but even the 345bhp Carrera and Carrera 4 cars will hit 62mph in less than five seconds. The seven-speed manual gearbox is surprisingly easy to get to grips with, while the optional seven-speed PDK automatic flatters the driver at speed and is a natural choice for city-dwelling supercar owners.

The 911 has a very accomplished ride, even at low speeds on poor surfaces, and there’s an amazing amount of grip available; you’d need explosives to shake the thing off line. The steering could provide more feedback, but it’s sharp and precise, so is still a joy to use on your favourite B-road.

The Carrera 4, 4S and Turbo models have four-wheel drive to improve the already sensational traction, and Turbo versions also have four-wheel steering for better handling and stability.

 

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