The 911 was first offered with four-wheel drive in 1989 and the drivetrain has been a popular option ever since. Now, the 911 Carrera 4 GTS broadens customer choice by building on the success of the 2wd Carrera GTS that went on sale last December. The power unit has its origins in the 3.8-liter from the Carrera S but a comprehensive redesign of the intake duct has added 23hp to peak at 408hp at 7,300rpm.
The improvement in the engine’s breathing not only increases peak output but also its flexibility, thanks to a more generous torque curve in the lower engine speed range. For example, 235 lb-ft is available from as low as 1,500rpm; overall, the six-cylinder engine delivers its peak torque of 310 lb-ft across a broad range from 4,200-5,600rpm.
Also fitted is a sports exhaust system which produces a distinctly sporty sound. Consequently, the new Carrera 4 GTS has an unmistakable acoustic signature, and this unique character is supplemented by distinctive black exhaust tailpipes. While the engine is identical to the two-wheel drive Carrera GTS, the four-wheel drive version features Porsche Traction Management (PTM) for stability, traction and agile handling. Furthermore, the Carrera 4 GTS features a rear limited-slip differential as standard, which contributes to the performance of the electronic all-wheel drive system.
The Carrera 4 GTS is fitted with a six-speed manual transmission as standard, and the Coupé model sprints from 0-62mph in 4.6 seconds, the Cabriolet in 4.8 seconds.
If equipped with the optional PDK seven-speed double-clutch transmission, an additional 0.2 seconds can be trimmed from these acceleration times.
Fuel economy of these new all-wheel 911 models is identical to that of the equivalent 385hp 911 Carrera 4S models. For example, the Carrera 4 GTS Coupé returns 22.4mpg US Combined based on the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC) with CO2 emissions of 247g/km.
Visually, the new Carrera 4 GTS has model designations on the doors and rear lid. However, the distinguishing characteristic of Porsche’s all-wheel drive models is the additional reflective stripe between the tail lights. As well as the characteristic all-wheel drive widebody style, increasing the rear track width.
In numerous other details, the GTS differs both visually and technically from the other Carrera models. For example, they run on 19 inch RS Spyder alloy wheels in black, with a central wheel bolt and gloss-finished rims; 305/30 ZR19 tyies are fitted on the rear axle. Additional visual features include the Sport-Design front apron with black painted spoiler lip and special side skirts, also in black. Inside, there are sports seats with Alcantara trim on the seat center panels, steering wheel rim, gearshift and handbrake lever, door handles and door storage box lid and extension are offered as standard. Porsche Communication Management offering touch-screen controls for the audio system is a further highlight.