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Engine: 3800cc flat-sx, 380bhp @ 6500rpm, 310lb ft @ 4400rpm
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Performance: 4.3sec 0-62mph, 183mph, 26.9mpg, 247g/km CO2
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Porsche 911 Carrera 4S PDK (2009) CAR review

By Adam Towler

First Drives

31 July 2008 11:44

Following last month's meaner and greener 911 in traditional rear-drive form, Porsche has introduced the four-wheel drive Carrera 4 variant in standard and ‘S’ guises. CAR has just driven a Carrera 4S with Porsche’s new ‘PDK’ twin-clutch gearbox, carbon-backed sports bucket seats and the new PASM sports suspended chassis to see if this is the best 911 Carrera yet.

With typical Porsche predictability, it’s the new technology in a slightly wider body, correct?

Yes. The essential Carrera 4 recipe remains the same. That’s to say, the body from the Turbo version with its 44mm wider hips over the rear axle, now stuffed with the all-new flat six engines: a 3.6-litre for the regular ‘4’ and 3.8 litres for the ‘4S’. These units represent a significant step forward for Porsche, with around 40 percent less moving parts and 6kg trimmed off their bulk. All engines now feature a smaller stroke with a larger bore, direct fuel injection, and higher compression ratios (up to 12.5:1 on the 4S).

A 4S therefore generates an extra 30bhp over the old car (meaning a meaty 380bhp) with an additional 15lb ft of twist (now 310lb ft) but it’s also cleaner and more miserly with the fuel: a combined figure of 26.9mpg and a CO2 output of 247g/km are impressive, considering this is a 180mph car.

What about the other upgrades with the new car – has that been carried over into the ‘4’?

Indeed, there’s revised suspension, with the sports option on our car now using a two-stage electronically controlled PASM system like the much-missed GT3; a new exhaust system, a revised interior with at last an upgrade to the PCM infotainment system, and of course, that new seven-speed twin-clutch gearbox christened ‘PDK’. So it really is like an all-new car, but from the mildly tweaked styling you’d never guess – new rear lights, mirrors, grilles and bumpers are your clues, although if in doubt, tell by the daytime running LEDs.

Click 'Next' below to read more of our Porsche 911 Carrera 4S PDK first drive

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edwinbooth

edwinbooth says

RE: Porsche 911 Carrera 4S PDK (2009) CAR review

I have two growing children, a 997 turbo that only comes alive north of 80 mph and have just read the report on the Maserati 4.7 S. Question - would I go for the Panamera with that stupid gear selection system? Answer. I very much doubt it. I suspect that the Maserati, despite its poor green credentials will keep more enthusiastic drivers enthralled for more of the time than a 997 C4S on the UKs constipated road system.

15 May 2009 13:02

 

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revcounter says

RE: Porsche 911 Carrera 4S PDK (2009) CAR review

12.5:1 compression ratio, direct injection, and still just 100 bhp/liter. A Tesla is cheaper and a lot more interesting.

01 August 2008 16:18

 

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Pedro says

RE: Porsche 911 Carrera 4S PDK (2009) CAR review

More than 24 hours ahve passed without a single comment on this story. Heaven forbid that this a sign that we're all getting a little bored with Porsche...

01 August 2008 12:10

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