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By Adam Towler
31 July 2008 11:44
The 4S is effectively now the son-of-Turbo as it gains that car’s electronically controlled four-wheel drive system (PTM). Instead of the old viscous coupling for the centre differential there is an electromagnetically controlled multi plate clutch, with a 22 percent limited slip differential now fitted as standard on the rear axle. You can also tell a ‘4’ by the return of a Porsche favourite – the red translucent ‘strip’ that spans between the rear lights.
Select ‘drive’, breathe on the throttle and the 4S attains a rapid cruising speed with little more than a murmur and slur from engine or gearbox. The steering is weightier than the ‘2’, and the car feels rock steady on the road, inspiring tremendous confidence. You can mooch around like this all day, and despite the sporting focus of this particular car, it isn’t uncomfortable. And that gearbox really is so clever.
In CAR's August 2008 issue we compared the new Carrera 2 3.6 with the revised 4.7 Aston Martin V8 Vantage, and found there was nothing between them in terms of outright performance. Against this 4S the Aston wouldn’t have a chance, and despite the carbon-ceramic brakes, seats and suspension upgrades, it’s worth noting that the 4S still costs less then the Aston.
Porsche claims its car will accelerate from rest to 60mph in just 4.3 seconds (with launch control fitted) and that is produces 380bhp, but to be honest, both numbers feel subjectively rather conservative. It is the kind of car that flits up to 120mph in one greatly sustained surge and seems happiest taking apart a back road north of 100mph. Grip and traction levels are immense on dry smooth tarmac (the rear tyres have a 305 section width after all) and the four-wheel drive system is noticeably quicker to operate on slippery surfaces. Combine that with the brutally fast gear shifts in ‘Sport Plus’ mode and the tireless brakes and you’ve a formidably fast car.
Click 'Next' below to about the downsides and our verdict on the Porsche 911 Carrera 4S PDK
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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
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
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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