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Porsche Set to Launch 2013 911 Carrera 4, Carrera 4S in Paris

Porsche Set to Launch 2013 911 Carrera 4, Carrera 4S in Paris

By Jeff Youngs, August 28, 2012
Porsche will introduce the redesigned 2013 911 Carrera 4 and 4S models at the 2012 Paris International Motor Show next month. The new sports cars will be offered in coupe or cabriolet body styles, feature the latest version of Porsche Traction Management active all-wheel drive, and debut a number of new features that will be available on all 2013 911 Carrera models.

Observers will be able to tell the new 911 Carrera 4 and 4S models apart from standard Carreras by more than just the nomenclature affixed to the rear of the vehicles. The new models are 1.7 inches wider at the rear, and feature wider rear wheels and tires. A new illuminated rear light strip is included on these models, which connects the taillamps, and the AWD variants of the 911 Carrera feature unique front air intakes.

The 911 Carrera 4 models are equipped with a 350-horsepower, 3.4-liter horizontally opposed 6-cylinder engine, while the 911 Carrera 4S has a more powerful 3.8-liter boxer-type 6-cylinder engine good for 400 horsepower. A 7-speed manual gearbox is standard, with a 7-speed Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK) automated manual transmission optional. Depending on model, body style, and transmission, these new Carrera models accelerate to 62 mph as rapidly as 4.1 seconds and can achieve a top speed of 184 mph, according to Porsche.

New features debuting in Paris for the entire 911 Carrera lineup include active cruise control, which automatically maintains a safe following distance behind traffic. Vehicles equipped with the PDK transmission also include a new Porsche Active Safe system, which the company says can help prevent collisions. Also new for 2013 is a sliding glass sunroof option for 911 Carrera coupes.

For more details, be sure to read our preview of the 2013 Porsche 911 Carrera 4/4S.

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