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Actualité : Porsche : des nouveautés pour les modèles 2017

De nouvelles finitions intérieures et extérieures, ainsi qu’un léger gain de puissance pour les modèles de la gamme 911, constituent les principales…

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Essai : PORSCHE 911 (991) Carrera 4S 420 ch

En passant aux turbos, la Porsche 911 réussit à baisser (un peu) ses émissions, à conserver (largement) son caractère moteur et à gagner (beaucoup) de couple. De quoi rassurer ses fans, même si la pilule sera difficile à avaler pour les puristes.

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Porsche 991.2 Turbo v 991.2 Carrera 4S: Six Superb Shots

South Africa has provided Total 911 with some stunning photography over the years and our head-to-head of the new Porsche 991.2 Turbo and 991.2 Carrera 4S in the latest issue is no different.

Shot at the newly reopened Kylami race circuit and the surrounding countryside, the latest forced induction, four-wheel drive neunelfers were the stars of some beautiful imagery.

With only a fraction of our photography ever finding its way into the finished magazine, it seemed a shame not to share these six superb shots with you. Enjoy:

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To read our Porsche 991.2 Turbo v Carrera 4S twin test, pick up Total 911 issue 137 in store today. Alternatively, order your copy online for home delivery or download it straight to your digital device now.

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Porsche 991.2 Turbo v 991.2 Carrera 4S: Twin Turbos

 

There is a 930 3.0-litre parked in the presentation room for the 911 Turbo and Carrera 4, 4S and Targa 4 launch. Immaculate, as you’d expect, the white, whale-tailed monster is attracting huge interest from the assembled motoring press.

Appealing as it is, its performance, however frightful back when it was the main event in the late 1970s, pales in comparison to even the standard Carreras of today. The 930 driver wouldn’t see which way a 991 went, however hard they tried or skilled they were.

Progress is an inevitability, and the 930’s 260bhp looks meagre today. Its 5.5-second 0-62mph time is merely quick, rather than outrageous. I’d still love a go, to see just how true the horror stories of all-or-nothing boost really are, and because, well, just, old Porsches…

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It would be the 993 that would tame the Turbo badge, civilise its performance with four-wheel drive and twin turbos, making for a more linear, predictable power delivery and better traction to make use of its prodigious output.

Looking at the specifications of the cars here today shows much the same march of time. The Turbo and Turbo S are the reason we’re really here, the C4, C4S and Targa arguably making up the numbers. Only, the numbers they’re making look particularly impressive.

Read the specifications of the C4S and you could be mistaken for thinking it’s a 997 Turbo. Wider hips, four-wheel drive and a 0-62mph time of 3.8 seconds with PDK and Sport Plus (4.0 seconds with PDK alone and 4.2 seconds with a good old manual).

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That time betters the 997 Gen1 Turbo to 62mph by 0.1 seconds, despite the C4S’ 420bhp being 60bhp light in comparison to its older relation. This is a Carrera 4S that’s faster than its rear-driven alternative, too, which finally gives customers more reason to buy it than the usual sure-footedness and styling arguments.

But there could well be more to the story than that: is the C4S now a genuine ‘lightweight turbo’ challenger to the mighty Turbo icon itself?

The C4S is the car I’m in first, Porsche choosing Kyalami in South Africa to launch the latest in its expansive 911 product line-up. In front of me is a new Turbo, driven by Porsche works driver, Jörg Bergmeister, and it’s clear he’s in a hurry.

To continue reading our Porsche 991.2 Turbo v 991.2 Carrera 4S twin test, pick up Total 911 issue 137 in store today. Alternatively, order your copy online for home delivery, or download it straight to your digital device now.

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New 2016 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S first drive

Greater traction, stability and those distinctive Carrera 4 looks have always been a draw, but the C4’s unquestionable appeal hasn’t meant a faster car. A different one, yes, but traditionally a slower one. That’s no longer the case.

The Carrera 4 now puts its traction advantage to better use, in 991 gen II guise it out accelerating its rear-driven relations in the sprint to 62mph. In this 420hp Sport Chrono equipped manual Carrera 4 S coupe that means 4.2 seconds.

To put that into perspective that’s 996 Turbo S fast. Choose PDK and Sport Chrono Plus and you’ll have a C4S that’ll beat a 997 Turbo to that benchmark 62mph. Fast, then, and enough to have you asking why you’d need anything else.

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Particularly if it’s raining, as it has been at the Kyalami track in South Africa. For all the investment in the new facility there are some obvious drainage issues, leaving some parts of the track resembling rivers. Perfect Carrera 4 conditions, then.

It’s the reassurance that it brings, particularly in these conditions, that adds the speed. It’s borrowed from its Turbo relation, the Porsche Traction Management four-wheel drive is quicker reacting, and can deliver more torque than previously to the front axle.

There’s a handy display in the instrument cluster that allows you to see where that torque is being distributed, it necessary, as unlike previous Carrera 4s where the effect could be quite noticeable, the 991 gen II Carrera 4S’s operation if subtle enough to be all but unnoticeable.
What is obvious is that the revisions the gen II changes brought to the standard Carrera are equally as impressive in the Carrera 4S. There’s been some criticism about Porsche’s adoption of turbocharging, but the 3.0-litre twin-turbo flat-six is a sensational, both in its performance, and its aural appeal.

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For the latter you’ll need the optional sports exhaust to really enjoy it, but the engine’s greater tractability, yet retained keenness for revs make for a compelling 911 experience. Subtly different than its naturally-aspirated predecessors, of course, but not in a bad way.

The other changes also appeal, the Carrera 4S’s steering uncorrupted by that drive, the weighting, accuracy and feel on offer being among the best out there for an electrically assisted system. The improved manual gearshift also means PDK is no longer a default option when specifying your 991.

Around Kyalami it’s hugely impressive, its speed relentless, its stability impressive – even in the testing conditions. A Carrera 4 without some of the compromises then, but with all the advantages, it’s enough to have the purists consider one over the standard rear-wheel drive Carreras, and that includes me.

What do you make of the new 2016 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S? Has our first drive convinced you to get one on your driveway? Join the debate in the comments below or head to our Facebook and Twitter pages now.

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