A Closer Look at Porsche's Four-Wheel Steering System [w/ video]
Four-wheel steering is a concept that comes and goes in the automotive world. At one point the GMC Sierra was available with it, and it even appeared on the Honda Prelude at one point (remember when Honda made cool cars?), but Porsche is the latest to join the four-wheel steering party, as shown in two videos. Flatsixes.com brought us this video from the guys at Elephant Racing, who put the Porsche 911 GT3 up on a lift to see the German automaker’s active rear steering feature in action. With the rear wheels off, you can actually see the rear wheel steering function, moving up to 2.8 degrees in either direction. RELATED: See Photos of the 2001 Honda Prelude
Here again is the explanation of how it works, from Porsche:
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It is more of “rear-axle steering,” and is standard on the Porsche 911 Turbo, Turbo S and GT3. According to my friend at Flatsixes, there is the very real chance that this system will make its way to the rest of the 911 line, as well as other vehicles in the lineup. The low-speed benefits of the four-wheel steering would be great for cars like the Panamera– a vehicle with a long wheelbase that can be cumbersome in tight spaces.
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Four wheel steering systems have appeared on about fifty different car models starting in the late 1980s. The two mode, “high-and-low-speed” system has been found on 1991 Honda Accord, ’92-’95 Mazda 929, Mazda RX-7, and many others throughout the years. What is your favorite four-wheel steering car? Tell us in the comments below!