2013 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 and 4S Preview

Jeff Youngs | Aug 30, 2012
  • Standard Porsche Traction Management (PTM) active AWD
  • Up to 143 pounds lighter than the previous model
  • Fuel economy improved by as much as 16%
  • Wider rear fenders, wheels and tires
  • Optional adaptive cruise control
  • New Porsche Active Safe technology
  • New sliding glass sunroof option
  • New rev-matching feature for manual transmission models with Sport Chrono Pack


The 2013 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 and 4S are the all-wheel-drive versions of the new-for-2012 Porsche 911 Carrera and Carrera S models. They will debut at the 2012 Paris International Motor Show in both coupe and cabriolet format, featuring the latest iteration of Porsche Traction Management (PTM) active all-wheel drive. Otherwise, Porsche says the new Carrera 4 models are essentially identical to the rear-wheel-drive versions.

Exterior Features

Based on Porsche's initial information about the 911 Carrera 4 and 4S models, these new all-wheel-drive sports cars look the same as the rear-drive versions, except for their unique front air intakes, side skirts, and wider rear fenders, wheels, and tires. The fenders swell by an extra 22 millimeters each, while the tires are 10mm wider. The red illuminated light strip between the taillights is also different than on the standard 911 Carrera.

Interior Features

All 2013 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 and 4S models include a Porsche Traction Management menu within the instrument cluster, which conveys information about the way engine power is distributed to the wheels. Coupes are equipped with a standard Alcantara roof liner, while the cabriolets feature a power top that raises or lowers in 13 seconds at speeds up to 31 mph, according to Porsche.

Optional Features

The debut of the new Porsche 911 Carrera 4 and 4S models also marks the introduction of several new features for the entire 911 Carrera lineup.

A new adaptive cruise control system automatically maintains a safe following distance to traffic ahead. When ordered in conjunction with the Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK) automated manual transmission, the system includes Porsche Active Safe, which the automaker says "helps to prevent front-end collisions."

The arrival of the 2013 911 Carrera 4 and 4S models also heralds the debut of a new sliding glass sunroof option for all 2013 911 Coupes.

Under the Hood

The 2013 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 is equipped with a 350-horsepower, 3.4-liter, horizontally opposed 6-cylinder engine, while the 911 Carrera 4S has a 3.8-liter flat 6-cylinder engine good for 400 horsepower. A 7-speed manual gearbox is standard, with a 7-speed PDK automated manual transmission optional.

Porsche Torque Vectoring (PTV) is standard with the manual transmission, while models equipped with PDK receive PTV Plus. For 2013, manual models with the Sport Chrono Pack now automatically double de-clutch on downshifts when the system is in Sport Plus mode.

Both Carrera 4 and Carrera 4S models are equipped with Porsche Traction Management active all-wheel drive. The system continuously distributes torque between the front and rear axles, depending on the rotational speed of each wheel, steering angle, and lateral and longitudinal acceleration measurements.

In terms of performance, Porsche quotes 0-62 mph acceleration ranging between 4.1 and 4.7 seconds with top speeds of 175 to 184 mph, depending on body style, engine and transmission.


Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC) is optional on the 911 Carrera 4S. It is an active anti-roll suspension enhancement that Porsche says reduces lateral body roll when cornering.

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