The cumulative, harmonious result of all the car's revisions is astonishing
The cumulative, harmonious result of all the car's revisions is astonishing

Porsche 911 Carrera 4S PDK, car review: Revised all-wheel-drive boosts coupe's viability as a daily driver

Upgrades across the board make this the most rounded and complete Porsche our testers have driven

Sarah Bradley
Thursday 11 February 2016 16:21

The hot new 911 Carrera 4S ticks all the right boxes. Smaller, more powerful and more efficient turbo engine; refreshed styling inside and out; upgraded gearboxes; faster-reacting, more accurate four-wheel drive... it’s simply the most rounded and complete Porsche our testers have driven so far.

At its heart is the new twin-turbocharged 3.0-litre flat-six, bringing an additional 20bhp and 45lb ft of torque yet boosting efficiency to 35.8mpg and 180g/km of CO2 emissions.

Teamed with a choice of manual or PDK dual-clutch auto boxes, both of which move through their seven gears confidently and seamlessly, the torquey motor can propel the Porsche to an optimum of 0-62mph in 3.8sec and 188mph.

The 911 Carrera 4S tooks all the right boxes and looks sleeker than ever

The cumulative, harmonious result of all the revisions is astonishing; whatever the conditions, the AWD 911 is blindingly fast, immensely controlled and – with the aid of PASM active suspension – unfailingly grippy.

Porsche 911 Carrera 4S PDK

On sale: Now
Price: £93,231
Engine: 6cyl horizontally opposed, 2981cc, twin-turbocharged petrol
Power: 414bhp at 6500rpm
Torque: 369lb ft at 1700-5000rpm
Gearbox: 7spd twin-clutch automatic
Kerbweight: 1565kg
0-62mph: 3.8sec
Top speed: 188mph
Economy: 35.8mpg
CO2/tax band: 180g/km, 31%

It looks even sleeker than before, too, thanks to a smart new horizontal light band at the rear, wider wheelarches and tweaked nose. Inside, range-wide revisions incorporate a larger, seven-inch touchscreen and standard sat-nav.

Whether you’re in the rear-wheel-drive or all-wheel-drive 911 camp, you can’t deny that the £93,231 Carrera 4S delivers more thrills for your money, more of the time, all year round. Which makes one of the hottest cars on the market a fantastic daily driver

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