People will always look for a Porsche 911 that has an all-wheel drive option. They get that and more with the new 911 Carrera 4 and 911 Targa 4. The new cars’ sporting attributes are significantly involved. They also get the best in comfort from the new generation 911 models.
These feature more fuel efficient yet also more powerful turbocharged engines. Aside from a powerful performance, the new Porsche 911 models also have new features to ensure safety for the drivers.
Since the Porsche 911 can be used for both racing and casual driving, it features Porsche’s proprietary Porsche Active Suspension Management chassis. The PASM chassis lowers the car’s riding height by ten millimeters. The upscale Carrera 4S versions can even include real axle steering, which is offered as an option.
Finally, the cars have the standard Porsche Communication (PCM) connectivity and infotainment system. This system in the new cars is now easier to operate compared to its predecessors. Plus, the LCD display now supports touchscreen technology similar to those used in smartphones and tablets.
In this generation, Porsche introduces concepts first implemented on the 911 Turbo. These concepts introduce improvements in directional stability, but keep the car’s agility at the same level. These concepts also enhance coordination between the all-wheel drive and the PASM chassis.
This combination makes it possible for the new Porsche 911 Carrera to retain its stability even while cornering at high speed. The Porsche 911 has also become more comfortable to drive. The new shock absorber significantly enhances the car’s responsiveness.
However, it does not sacrifice any of the driver’s control over the car body at all during dynamic driving. When drivers take up the rear-axle steering wheel option for the Carrera S, they are essentially giving themselves access to technology that gave the 911 Turbo and 911 GT3 their performance levels.
For instance, the 911 becomes more agile when turning. It’s difficult to change lanes when you’re driving fast, but the steering axle improves the Carrera S’ stability so that task is not impossible at all. The turning circle is also reduced by 0.4 meters, which is a welcome improvement to the Porsche 911’s safety in city driving.
This is made possible by the new steering wheels in the new Porsche 911, which is patterned after the 918 Spyder’s steering wheel. The new generation basic steering wheel is 375 millimeters, while diameter for the optional GT sports steering wheel is at 360 millimetres.
Climbing up steep roads and garages can typically cause the new Porsche 911’s front part to scrape against the ground, but Porsche has fitted the new generation Carrera and Targa with a hydraulic lift system.
Mounted at the struts of the front axle, the system lifts the front part of the car by 40 millimeters in a span of just five seconds. All the driver needs to do is just press a button to achieve the lift. Finally, the new cars feature an improved connectivity and infotainment system.
The upgrade is in the form of a seven-inch multi-touch display. Drivers can use the touch screen the way they operate the screens on their smartphones. The system can be used to obtain real-time traffic information through the Internet.
The introduction of Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and a cable connection also makes it possible for drivers to use their smartphones and mobile devices in sync with the infotainment system for information retrieval. Porsche is also working on improving the services that the infotainment system can offer the driver, such as Google Street View and Internet radio.