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Porsche Details The Making Of Its 2013 911 Carrera 4 Spots: Video 4
Posted by Kurt Ernst in 2013 Porsche 911 Carrera 4, 2013 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 S, Automotive, Kurt, porsche, video on 01 4th, 2013

Filming a modern car ad is an incredibly complex task that usually involves a production crew, a specially equipped camera car, permits, road closures and the kind of logistics normally involved with mounting an attack on the north face of Mt. Everest. When you try to capture four seasons in a single six-day shoot, the difficulty level climbs exponentially.

To show off the all-weather prowess of the new Porsche 911 Carrera 4, the German automaker wanted footage of the car in all types of weather conditions, from dry and sun-lit roads through fog, rain and even snow. The shoot involved seven locations, ranging from coastal roads through forests and mountain passes. Since Mother Nature doesn’t always cooperate with filming, artificial “weather” was brought in, and the crew went through nearly 5 million autumn leaves, over 2,600 gallons of rain and nearly 38,000 cubic feet of artificial snow. There was a fog machine, too, as well as a pair of helicopters and a specially-equipped Mercedes M Class camera rig.

The end result is a series of videos showing the new 911 Carrera 4 and Carrera 4S models working their magic across a broader range of conditions than most owners will ever experience. Sure, the all-wheel-drive 911 models are capable of getting you though winter (when fitted with winter tires, of course), but no one in their right mind is going to submit a $100,000 plus car to the harsh realities of a Northeast winter. Besides, that’s exactly why Porsche builds the Cayenne SUV.

Porsche Demonstrates The Real World Benefits Of The 911 Carrera 4 31
Posted by Kurt Ernst in 2013 Porsche 911 Carrera 4, 2013 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 S, Automotive, Kurt, porsche, video on 12 31st, 2012

The temperature is well below freezing, and a thick coat of frost covers the ground. If you’re a track day junkie, you realize your favorite circuit will be dotted with patches of unforgiving black ice, and that no amount of spirited driving is going to put enough heat in your tires to make them stick well. Is it time to hunker down and await the arrival of spring?

Not according to Porsche, which is why it’s been building all-wheel-drive 911 Carrera 4 models since 1989. To demonstrate how good the car is when the weather turns bad, Porsche filmed a recent winter test drive event at Britain’s Silverstone circuit. As expected, the AWD Carrera 4 models performed flawlessly, impressing owners of rear-drive 911 models with their handling prowess and tenacious grip.

Even a flooded skid pad and cold tires failed to upset the Carrera 4, as long as the driver used some judgement in applying throttle, brakes and steering. We don’t advise you probe the handling limits of any car on wet or icy roads, but it’s good to know that the Porsche 911 Carrera 4 extends the driving season for those of us wh can never get enough time behind the wheel.

Porsche Shows Off The All-New 911 Carrera 4: Video 21
Posted by Kurt Ernst in 2013 Porsche 911 Carrera 4, Automotive, Kurt, porsche on 12 21st, 2012

2013 Porsche 911 Carrera 4

If you live where the weather gets cold and snow is a potential fact of life between Thanksgiving and Easter, chances are you view a sports car as a three-season luxury. As much fun as a traditional Porsche 911 is on dry pavement with sticky tires, it’s less than ideal for winter transportation, even when fitted with winter tires. No one sums this up better than the late Frank Zappa, who once penned “a cow don’t make ham.”

Or does it? Porsche’s 911 Carrera 4 is the German automaker’s answer to those who refuse to compromise on their ride due to geographical limitations, and it may just be the best all-weather, all-purpose sports car on the planet. While the previous version, the Type 997, had a distinctly different (and heavier) feel, Porsche’s Silverstone chief driving instructor Gordon Robertson explains that the new Type 991 Carrera 4 feel lighter and better balanced. It’s different, Robertson says, when it needs to be different.

The car can trace its lineage directly back to the legendary Porsche 959, which was originally developed for Group B rally competition. The 959 proved itself off-road by taking the first and second podium spots at the 1986 Paris-Dakar Rally. Later, the road-racing Porsche 961, also based on the 959, proved itself at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

The first 911 Carrera 4 hit the market in 1989, and the car has continually evolved since then. One common element of all 911 Carrera 4 models is the red reflector line used to define the rear; in the new Type 991, this is now illuminated and used to accentuate the car’s wide-body design.

The new Carrera 4 will hit dealers in early 2013, packing a 3.4-liter flat-six engine good for 350 horsepower. If that’s not fast enough for you, the Carrera 4S will come with a 3.8-liter flat-six, rated at 400 horsepower. Both models are available with either a seven-speed manual gearbox or Porsche’s superb seven-speed PDK dual-clutch automatic transmission.

Porsche Announces New Carrera 4 Models: Video 27
Posted by Kurt Ernst in 2013 Porsche 911 Carrera 4, 2013 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 S, Automotive, Kurt, News, porsche on 08 27th, 2012

2013 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 S Coupe – Image: Porsche AG

If you prefer your Porsche 911s will the added traction benefits of all-wheel-drive, here’s some good news: Porsche has just announced the introduction of four new Carrera 4 models, including the Coupe and Cabriolet Carrera 4 and the Coupe and Cabriolet Carrera 4 S.

As with previous Carrera 4 models, torque is biased to the rear wheels to provide more of the traditional Porsche 911 handling balance. The Carrera 4 models continue to sport a wider stance, with the rear track extended by 22 mm (0.87 inches) to accommodate rear tires that are 10 mm wider than on rear-drive 911 Carrera models.

2013 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 Cabriolet – Image: Porsche AG

Carrera 4 Coupe and Cabriolet models get a 3.4-liter flat-six engine rated at 350 horsepower and 287 pound-feet of torque. Available with either a seven-speed manual transmission or Porsche’s dual-clutch PDK automatic, Carrera 4 Coupes can run from 0-60 mph in as little as 4.5 seconds, with the Cabriolet taking 4.7 seconds to hit the same speed.

2013 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 S Coupe and Carrera 4 Cabriolet – Image: Porsche AG

If that’s not fast enough for you, stepping up to the Carrera 4 S gets you a 3.8-liter flat-six, rated at 400 horsepower and 325 pound-feet of torque. The same gearboxes are available, and Carrera S Coupes can do the 0-60 mph run in as little as 4.1 seconds (or 4.3 seconds, if you prefer the Cabriolet).

2013 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 S interior – Image: Porsche AG

The previous generation of the Carrera 4 accounted for 34-percent of Porsche’s 911 sales, and the German automaker expects similar results with this new generation. Look for the cars to officially debut at the upcoming Paris Auto Show, with inventory hitting European dealers by year-end. Pricing for the United States will be announced closer to launch.