Porsche 911 Carrera

4S

Porsche 911 Carrera 4S, 2021, side, action
Porsche 911 Carrera 4S, 2021, front
Porsche 911 Carrera 4S, 2021, front, action
Porsche 911 Carrera 4S, 2021, side
Porsche 911 Carrera 4S, 2021, side
Porsche 911 Carrera 4S, 2021, tail
Porsche 911 Carrera 4S, 2021, rear
Porsche 911 Carrera 4S, 2021, interior

NOW in its eighth generation, the iconic Porsche 911 is more powerful, faster and more ‘digital'.

But it remains the ultimate driving machine - an incredible fusion of engineering and historic style.

It has a more muscular look, wider and more assertive, plus a high-quality interior featuring a 10.9-inch touchscreen monitor, but you can literally feel that original 911 DNA coursing through its veins.

Its body is lighter and stiffer due to a doubling of its aluminium content and there's a new, quick-shifting eight-speed PDK auto gearbox, re-designed suspension, even better brakes and - for the first time - different-sized wheels at the front and back. Its wider wings arch over 20-inch wheels at the front and 21-inch wheels at the rear.

There's also a lot more technology, including a clever new 'Wet Mode' which adapts the drive dynamics to suit slippery conditions. Also standard is adaptive damping, four-wheel drive with an electronically controlled diff and an emergency braking system.

The optional 'Sport Chrono' pack - £1,646 - gives you Launch Control and a 'Sport Response Button' that preconditions the drivetrain for maximum acceleration over 20 seconds for swift overtaking. To be honest, I preferred flicking down the gears and punching the accelerator myself. Much more satisfying.

The Porsche's flat-six turbocharged engine has also been tweaked, making it more powerful than ever before, with 444bhp in the S models. There's also an extra 30Nm of torque giving it 530Nm in total. Thrillingly, this is available within a wide range of speeds, from 2,300 to 5,000 rpm.

The dashboard now flows in an unbroken span across the entire width of the interior bringing a modern and stylish feel to the cockpit. The centre touchscreen is fairly easy to operate and below it there's a control panel of five buttons - styled to look like classic toggle switches.

The revamped, fully adjustable seats are comfortable and supportive and are positioned a tiny bit lower. Despite this, visibility remains good.

In the rear there's two seats suitable only for small children (or more luggage) and under the bonnet, there's a small 132-litre boot for those weekend essentials.

Driving an icon is enough to put a smile on anyone's face but the new 911 is a truly remarkable machine. It's properly fast in a straight line and around corners, where huge amounts of grip is provided by all that technology, all-wheel drive and those wider tyres. It feels natural.

But, even in more sporting modes, it remains very comfortable. On a motorway cruise, the engine quietens down - unless you want to provoke a howl from over your shoulder - and there's less road noise than you'd expect from those larger tyres. Despite redesigned door mirrors, there's still a fair amount of wind noise though.

FAST FACTS

Porsche 911 Carrera 4S

Price:£98,418

Mechanical:444bhp, 2,981cc, six-cyl turbocharged petrol engine driving all four wheels via an eight-speed automatic gearbox

Max Speed:190mph

0-62mph: 3.6seconds

Combined MPG:29.1mpg

Insurance Group:50

C02 emissions:222g/km

Bik rating: 37%

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