Porsche Centre Kuwait, Behbehani Motors Company, revealed the new Porsche 911 Carrera 4 at an exclusive launch event to members of the press on Tuesday, 22nd of January. The new generation of the 911 Carrera unites excellent performance and efficiency with the dynamic benefits of the latest version of the active all-wheel drive system Porsche Traction Management (PTM).
The new all-wheel drive 911 is being launched in Kuwait in four versions – as the 911 Carrera 4 and 911 Carrera 4S, and each as Coupé and Cabriolet. Sporting the same traits as the rear-wheel drive versions, such as the lightweight body design, the all-wheel drive models consume significantly less fuel than their predecessors, despite a higher level of engine and driving performance. Total savings for individual versions are as much as 16 per cent.
Commenting on the launch of the new all-wheel drive 911 Carrera 4, Roger Kyriacou, Deputy General Manager at Porsche Centre Kuwait, said: “We are excited to be introducing the latest premium offering from Porsche. The all-new 911 Carrera 4 is setting new benchmarks for Intelligent Performance – it’s more powerful and agile, yet lighter and more economical. The Carrera 4 takes top efficiency and performance to an even higher level whilst at the same time offering excellent traction and driving stability even during extreme driving manoeuvres in the high-speed range.”
All new models have a 7-speed manual gearbox as standard, and the Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK) gearbox is available as an option. The 911 Carrera 4 Coupé with 350 hp can sprint from zero to 100 km/h in as little as 4.5 seconds (Cabriolet: 4.7 s) and reach a top speed of up to 285 km/h (Cabriolet: 282 km/h), depending on equipment features. The Coupé and Cabriolet of the 911 Carrera 4 S each have a 3.8-litre rear-mounted boxer engine that produces 400 hp; this enables acceleration to 100 km/h in 4.1 seconds (Cabriolet: 4.3 seconds) and a top speed of 299 km/h (Cabriolet: 296 km/h) with a suitable equipment configuration.
In the new 911 Carrera 4 models, a new menu in the instrument cluster informs the driver how the PTM all-wheel drive is currently distributing engine power. In addition, with the debut of the 911 Carrera all-wheel drive models, Porsche is introducing the optional Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) to the entire model range, which controls distance to traffic ahead and vehicle speed. In addition, a new sliding glass sunroof as an optional feature for all 911 Carrera models is introduced with this model.
With the generation change, the all-wheel drive models of the 911 Carrera now have new engines with 3.4 liters and 3.8 liters of engine displacement. To increase their efficiency, the boxer engines feature electrical system recuperation and map-controlled coolant thermal management.
The new generation Porsche 911 Carrera also offers the driver even sportier driving fun in its acoustics. The Sound Symposer – a standard feature in all models – produces an even more full-bodied and sporty engine sound in the interior and is operated by the standard Sport or optional Sport Plus control button. A sport exhaust system is also available as an option for the new all-wheel drive models. It not only dethrottles the exhaust at the press of a button, but also merges the two exhaust lines.
As in all 911 models, the longer wheelbase – lengthened by 100 mm compared to the previous model – provides for significantly better driving stability at high speeds. Other systems that guarantee top driving performance – some standard and some optional depending on the model – are the further advanced Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM), dynamic engine mounts, Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC), innovative electro-mechanical power steering, Porsche Torque Vectoring (PTV), a high-performance brake system and the car’s wheels and tires.
Offering even further enhanced agility in the new 911 cars is Porsche Torque Vectoring (PTV), which is standard in the 911 Carrera 4S and is available as an option in the 911 Carrera 4. All 911 Carrera cars already have a Sport button as standard. It lets the driver choose tuning optimized for comfort and fuel economy or tuning that emphasizes sporty performance. The optional Sport Chrono package with the additional Sport Plus button enables an even wider spread between sporty tuning and ride comfort in everyday driving. Besides configuring all relevant systems and functions for maximum performance, the Sport Chrono package also has controlled dynamic engine mounts.
The innovative lightweight body of the new 911 Carrera range was developed for top driving characteristics in both the Coupé and Cabriolet – and for rear-wheel and all-wheel drive versions – with just minor modifications. All models share the weight advantages of the aluminum-steel construction with substantially improved rigidity, supplemented by local reinforcement elements in the soft-top 911s. An eye-catching feature of the soft-top all-wheel drive 911 cars is the panel bow top – a new development by Porsche. This innovative technology has succeeded in creating a previously unattainable coupé-like roof arch of the soft top when it is up, and this leads to aerodynamic advantages as well.
The interior of the new all-wheel drive 911 cars that is making its appearance is based on the new generation concept. The central design element is the center console that rises towards the front. It provides excellent ergonomics that integrate both the driver and front passenger. The operating concept permits uncomplicated and intuitive control of key vehicle functions.
Porsche developed its top sound system – specifically designed for the 911 Carrera – in cooperation with Burmester. Utilizing its experience from systems of the Panamera and Cayenne, which have received numerous awards, this new system realizes levels of overall audio power and sound quality never before attained in the sports car segment.
The Porsche 911 Carrera 4 is available from Behbehani Motors Company. Visit their showrooms in Shuwaikh and on the Fourth Ring Road. For more information visit www.behbehanimotors.com.