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An interesting ‘newcomer’ I’ve tripped over a few times recently.
I quite like fat styling evident in the rear view. The rear tyres are 255/40 ZR17 standard, or 285/30 ZR18 option.
This should be a 2003 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S 3,600 cc.
History says this is powered by Porsche’s 3.6-liter, horizontally opposed six-cylinder boxer engine with 315 horsepower and 273 ft lb of torque. The sprint from 0-to-62 mph (100 km/h) takes 5.2 seconds (manual) and ends with a top test-track speed of 177 mph (285 kph). And the ‘4’ means it manages this with 4-wheel drive.
The six-speed manual is interesting to drive (it comes in Tiptronic too), and I managed a test drive in one. Along the sunny country roads of Perth I found one aspect that almost made me wonder why they bothered with all those gears. Once on the move, without a stopwatch to tell the difference, it didn’t seem to matter what gear was selected, as pressing the accelerator seemed to produce the same urge in any one of them. The model was a upgrade on earlier versions, and the engine uses the Porsche-patented VarioCam® Plus valve timing and lift system, similar to that used on the 911 Turbo. Porsche claimed this resulted in a broad torque curve that provides enhanced response at all speeds – having driven this version, they’re not wrong.
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