Porsche 911 Carrera 4 

  • $103k built in Germany
  • 2012
  • 344 HP 3.4L
  • 175 mph
Otherwise, the cars feel pretty much like the other 997-generation cars, with good power, smooth-shifting transmissions, precise steering action, and stirring sounds.
by Car and Driver (Sep, 2005)
PERFORMANCE RATINGS ( C/D EST, 6-SP MAN): Zero to 60 mph: 4.5-4.8 sec Standing 1/4-mile: 12.9-13.2 secTop speed (drag limited): 174-179 mph.
by Car and Driver (Sep, 2005)

Road Tests Real world tests of the Porsche 911 Carrera 4


911 Carrera 4
3.7 s
Cayman S
5.2 s
Jaguar XKR
4.9 s

Top speed

911 Carrera 4
175 mph
Mustang GT 5.0
151 mph
Corvette Z06
198 mph

1/4 mile

911 Carrera 4
12 s
Cayman S
13.7 s

Data points Key details of the Porsche 911 Carrera 4


911 Carrera 4
Cayman S


911 Carrera 4
344 HP
Viper SRT-10
603 HP

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight


In this latest iteration of the 997 generation, the rear wheel arches are flared about 0.9 inch to accommodate 295/35ZR-18 tires on the C4 and 305/30ZR-19 doughnuts on the 4S.
by Car and Driver (Sep, 2005)
PASM varies damper settings according to speed and driving style and also lowers the car's ride height by 0.4 inch.
by Car and Driver (Sep, 2005)
The Carrera 4 (C4) version of Porsche's venerable 911 is-as you may be aware-an all-wheel-drive model commanding about a $7000 premium over the cost of the rear-wheel-drive 911.
by Car and Driver (Sep, 2005)


The cars still sing their familiar song to the 7200-rpm redline, though, so Porsche fans need not worry about that.
by Car and Driver (Sep, 2005)
Power to the axles is doled out by a multiple-plate viscous coupling that supplies between 5 and 40 percent of the available torque to the front end, depending on surface conditions.
by Car and Driver (Sep, 2005)
The latest generation of Porsche's stability control felt smooth and unobtrusive during our drive, and it now boasts "prefilling" of the brakes, which eliminates the air gap between pads and rotors to anticipate heavy use.
by Car and Driver (Sep, 2005)


Let's not worry about that, because the cars have considerable grip and traction as they come, with a chassis so well sorted that any hint of oversteer is quelled before it can start.
by Car and Driver (Sep, 2005)

In The News From around the web


Porsche 911 Carrera 4 Cabriolet

In July 2011, Porsche crowned the model series with the 911 Carrera 4 GTS, whose 3.8-litre engine was boosted to 408 hp (300 kW).
They sport the same traits as the rear-wheel drive versions: their lightweight body design, suspension, engines and gearboxes are identical, the only exception being modifications related to the all-wheel drive.

Porsche 911 Carrera 4

Outward, the Carrera 4 was distinguished by it's titanium-finished brake calipers, clear front turn signals and rear rear turn signals.
For the new 993 platform, Porsche heavily revised their four-wheel drive system to include a viscous coupling system that distributed power to the front and rear wheels.

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Brand Porsche
Price $102,930
Type of car Production car
Year 2012

power & handling

Power-to-weight ratio 9.62 lb/hp
Maximum hp 344 HP @ 7,400 RPM
Maximum torque 287 ft-lb @ 5,600 RPM
Max RPM 7,800 RPM
Engine placement Mid
Steering system rack&pinionPAS


Displacement 3,436 cc
Cylinders Flat 6
Air compressor None
Fuels Gas
Compression ratio 12.5:1
Bore/stroke 3.8 in / 3.05 in
Valvetrain DOHC
Valves per cylinder 4 valves

road tests

Top speed 175 mph
1/4 mile 12 s
0-60mph 3.7 s
Drag coefficient 0.31


Drivetrain AWD
Gearing Traditional
# of gears 7 gears
Gear ratios
  1. 1: 3.91:1
  2. 2: 2.29:1
  3. 3: 1.55:1
  4. 4: 1.3:1
  5. 5: 1.08:1
  6. 6: 0.88:1
  7. 7: 0.71:1
Axle ratio 3.44:1

suspension, wheels & brakes

Front brakes 12.99 in Disc
Rear brakes 12.99 in Disc
Front wheels 483/? 216
Rear wheels 483/? 279

physical dimensions

Curb weight 3,308 lb
Width 72.9 in
Height 51.2 in
Length 176.8 in
Front track width 60.3 in
Wheelbase 96.5 in
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