Online Interactive Test Drive of the 2013 Porsche 911 Carrera
Posted By: Park Place Porsche Dallas - 2013-02-20
The test drive. The new 911 on the test bench.
Porsche works driver Patrick Long tested it: the new 911 Carrera 4S with all-wheel drive. On the test drive from the bottom of the valley to the mountain top, every detail was closely examined. On long straight. On tight bends. In the sun, rain, ice or snow. Under virtually all road conditions. Come along with Patrick Long on his test drive and experience the innovation of the new 911 Carrera 4 models for yourself.
Click here to take the Porsche 911 online test drive, including videos and an image download gallery along the way.
Unmistakeably Porsche. The new 911 Carrera 4 models.
All the new 911 models are inspiring due to their pioneering design, enhanced engines, efficient technology and intelligent lightweight design. The 911 Carrera all-wheel drive models are also distinguished by outstanding traction and curve dynamics. The further improved Porsche Traction Management (PTM) ensures power distribution appropriate to a wide range of road and weather conditions. Especially in extreme conditions, handling is even more harmonious, not just increasing your safety in rain and snow, but also during sporty driving.
Expressed in simple terms, the new 911 Carrera 4 is self-assured. An assuredness that has been assisted by engineering and aesthetic details such as the wider body and rear tires than those of the Carrera 911, and from a visual standpoint the special air intakes, the illuminated rear light strip with tail lights and parking light function, and distinctive sideskirts.
The identity of the Porsche 911. Because the tradition of the 911 has always been the future.
Every child recognizes a 911, but can its identity be described in words? It is possible. Take a closer look at the language of form, proportions and contour. The roof line tapers down into the rear. The wings are higher than the front lid and, at the rear, they add muscle. They give the 911 its distinctive expression and leave you in no doubt as to its temperament.
The overall appearance is low, wide, and sleek. 911.
So, is everything just the same as it has been since 1963? Well, yes – and no. After all, only those who change will remain true to themselves. And we've changed.
The exterior design. Form always follows function.
Design and technology form one harmonious concept on the 911. Lets start by looking at the profile. The wheelbase of the new 911 is 100 mm longer for improved driving stability and cornering dynamics. Overhang is now shorter, making the new 911 look compact and agile. The generally athletic impression is accentuated by the lower roofline and a wider track at the front compared with the previous model.
The vehicle architecture with a wider track at the front axle and lower roofline lends the 911 a dynamic appearance that is both sporty and elegant. The new 911 Carrera 4 models feature a 44-mm wider body at the rear than on the 911 Carrera – for greater traction and agility.
To sum up: Form always follows function. As a design principle, it couldn't be more simple, but it’s what makes the 911 a 911.
The rear end. Expression and temperament with a powerful language of form.
At the rear, everything feels sharper: the styling, the appearance and the overall effect. This is due not least to the pronounced profile edge and the LED tail lights, their stretched design accentuating the horizontal contouring of the rear. On the all-wheel drive models, the wide tail section is further emphasized by the illuminated rear light strip panel. The adaptive brake lights also feature LED technology and flash in the event of emergency braking as a warning to following traffic.
The all-wheel-drive model is also recognizable from the front thanks to its dynamically accentuated cooling air intakes in the front end.
Fitted as standard, the new Bi-Xenon headlights still have the familiar oval-shaped surrounds frequency classic appeal.
The interior design. Sporty ergonomics for ordinary driving.
The extended wheelbase now offers 25 mm more leg room in the front than in previous 911 Carrera models.
New to the 911 is the elevated center console. Its intelligent operating concept follows a clear principle of direct simplicity. That is why the distance between the gear lever or selector and the steering wheel is extremely short and the controls, such as those of the two-zone climate control or the suspension settings, are clearly arranged for intuitive operation. You don’t have to scroll through one submenu after another, leaving you to concentrate on what’s important: the road ahead.
PTV and PTV Plus. No need to let the laws of physics spoil your fun.
Porsche Torque Vectoring (PTV) in conjunction with the manual gearbox, or Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus (PTV Plus) with Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK), is available as an option for the 911 Carrera 4 and fitted as standard in the 911 Carrera 4S. Both systems actively enhance vehicle dynamics and stability. Operating in conjunction with a mechanical (PTV) or electronic (PTV Plus) rear differential lock, they work by applying brake pressure to the rear wheels as required.
Specifically, this means that when entering a corner at high speed, moderate brake pressure is applied to the inside rear wheel. Consequently, a greater amount of drive torque is transferred to the outside rear wheel which supports the steering motion of the car, thereby improving its cornering dynamics. This ensures remarkable lateral stability and outstanding traction.
At low and medium vehicle speeds, PTV and PTV Plus significantly increase agility and steering precision. At high speeds and when accelerating out of corners, the rear differential lock ensures greater driving stability.
How do you benefit? Remarkable lateral stability and outstanding traction. What else? Unrivaled enjoyment behind the wheel at every twist and turn.
PDCC. You appreciate directness. But love a few twists and turns.
Available as an option for the 911 Carrera 4S, Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC) is an active anti-roll system that reduces lateral body movement during cornering. In addition, it minimizes the lateral instability of the vehicle on uneven ground. This is achieved with the aid of hydraulic stabilizing actuators in the form of cylinders designed to optimize camber. Lateral roll is counteracted by forces generated at each individual wheel based on steering angle and lateral acceleration. What are the benefits? The vehicle stays on the road even better – and you can corner more relaxed and faster than ever. PDCC sets new standards in terms of handling performance, ride comfort and driving pleasure.
All-wheel drive. More than the sum of its parts.
The powerful forces generated by such a well-established identity are clearly evident on the new 911 Carrera 4 models. Its power is delivered to the road effectively by the further enhanced Porsche Traction Management (PTM), an active all-wheel drive system that seizes control not with brute force, but with intelligence. On-board sensors are used to monitor a range of values, including the rotational speed of all four wheels, the lateral and longitudinal acceleration of the car, and the current steering angle. This enables the active all-wheel drive system to respond immediately to a variety of situations, actively distributing torque between the front and rear axles for superior handling. In wet and snowy conditions in particular, PTM demonstrates outstanding traction in true Porsche style. ABD and ASR. Porsche power. Applied with precision control.
Power alone is not always enough to get you moving forward. It also has to be intelligently applied.
All 911 Carrera all-wheel drive models are equipped as standard with enhanced PTM, an active all-wheel drive system with an electronically variable, map-controlled multi-plate clutch, automatic brake differential (ABD) and anti-slip regulation (ASR).
Torque is distributed between the front and permanently driven rear axles by means of the electronically controlled, fully variable multi-plate clutch. Anti-slip regulation (ASR) additionally reduces spinning of individual wheels by adjusting engine power.
In conjunction with Porsche Stability Management (PSM), PTM ensures the perfect distribution of drive torque for optimum traction in all road scenarios, whether on long straights, through tight corners or on surfaces with different levels of grip
The sound system The acoustic fingerprint.
Sound is another important aspect of the Porsche identity. Fitted as standard, the CDR audio system features a 7-inch color touchscreen, while the Sound Package Plus has a total output of 235 watts or the optionally available PCM including navigation module and high-resolution 7-inch color touchscreen – as the central control unit for audio, navigation and communication.
Available as an option is the BOSE® Surround Sound System with a total output of 445 watts. It delivers powerful audio playback combined with an impressive spatial sound.
No system meets the highest standards in the 911 as the optional High-End Surround Sound System from Burmester®, one of the most renowned manufacturers of high-end audio equipment worldwide. With a total output of 821 watts, it ensures an incredible audio experience.
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