For many enthusiasts the 991-series Porsche 911 Carrera and 911 Carrera S are perfect as is. Other Porschephiles need the capability of all-wheel-drive, or yearn for the wide rear end and red light band that sits pleasantly between the 911’s two taillights. For those enthusiasts Porsche is releasing the new 991-series 911 Carrera 4 and 911 Carrera 4S in both coupe and convertible form in the beginning of 2013.
With a weight deduction of 143 lbs. (almost 65 kg.) over the previous 997-series 911 Carrera 4, the new model also manages to improve gas mileage over the previous Carrera 4 by as much as 16 percent. In the U.S., Carrera 4 coupes equipped with the 7-Speed PDK transmission can muster an EPA-rated 20 mpg city and 28 mpg highway from the rear-mounted 350-horsepower, 3.4-liter flat six that ultimately takes the car to a top speed of 177 mph (approximately 285 km/h). The 400 horsepower 3.8-liter Carrera 4S coupe brings top speed up to 185 mph (approximately 298 km/h), and achieves a still respectable EPA-rating of 19 mpg city and 26 mpg highway when equipped with the PDK transmission.
Porsche will officially reveal the all-wheel-drive Carrera 4 and Carrera 4S at the Paris International Motor Show in September, where the cars extra 44 millimeters of rear end width and iconic light band will be displayed with the rest of the Porsche lineup.
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