Sime Darby Auto Performance, Porsche’s presence in Malaysia, has added one more to the 911 range. Previously, you could only have the 911 in its purest form, a rear-wheel drive version. Launched recently, the Porsche 911 Carrera 4S offers more stable driving dynamics and agility under most weather and terrain conditions.
The point in the matter is the Porsche Traction Management, or PTM for short. This four-wheel drive system is based on the Type 997 911 Turbo‘s. The system works by delivering torque in optimum dosage either to the front or rear as required via a multiplate clutch, which Zuffenhausen says is the one of the lightest all-wheel drive systems available today.
Porsche says it takes up to 100 milliseconds to move the torque around, which is quicker than the engine’s reaction to load change and definitely quicker than what any normal human can perceive. If you must know where the torque is going, you can always view the distribution on the display instrument panel.
Porsche claims that, with the inclusion of PTM into the 911, the 4S is able to offer high agility, higher grip levels on slippery surfaces and enhanced safety during extreme driving manoeuvres in the high-speed range.
To differentiate the two-wheel drive and the four-wheel drive 911, you only need to look at the rear. Just beneath the spoiler’s edge is a red light ribbon that runs across from left to right; it’s clearly seen at night. The rear wheel arches are also more flared.
The snout is modified ever so slightly that it now wears lateral air inlet screens in trim form. Rounding off the design changes is the black recessed sill panels on its side.
Size, particularly at the rear, has also been increased. The 911 4S is 22 mm wider on each side, making it 44 mm wider in total. The rear wheels are also fattened by 10 mm and rear axle track is increased by 36 mm.
The 4S has the same engine as its two-wheel drive counterpart. It is a 3.8 litre boxer engine that produces 400 hp at 7,400 rpm and 440 Nm at 5,600 rpm. The engine is mated to a seven-speed PDK gearbox. Acceleration from 0-100 km/h is clocked at 4.3 seconds, it has a top speed of 297 km/h and is rated to consume 9.1 litres per 100 km on a combined cycle.
Interestingly, SDAP has also brought in one very basic 911 Carrera 4S with a seven-speed manual gearbox. It will do 0-100 km/h in 4.5 seconds on to a top speed of 299 km/h. Fuel consumption is rated at 9.9 l/100 km, so the stick shift has nothing going for it in terms of figures.
Prices start from RM970,000 including taxes, but without registration fee, road tax and insurance. As with the RWD Porsche 911 in Malaysia, the C4S comes with a four-year factory warranty and a four-year complimentary service maintenance package.
We’ve sampled the Porsche 911 Carrera 4S in Austria and found it a tad bit easier to drive compared to the 911 Carrera S – click here to read about it. The legendary sports car celebrates its 50th birthday this year – see a gallery of its ancestors here.