Porsche 911 Carrera 4S Coupe

From Porsche press: The fabled wide-body, four-wheel-drive version Porsche 911 returns for the 2006 model year in the guise of the 911 Carrera 4 and the even more powerful 911 Carrera 4S.

Both feature flared wheel arches to accommodate a widened track, larger wheels and tires and four-wheel-drive powertrains that give the venerable Porsche 911 additional dimensions of dynamic stability, especially in inclement weather conditions.

The four-wheel-drive versions of the Porsche 911 Carrera are nearly two inches (1.73 inches or 44 mm) wider than their two-wheel-drive counterparts. This extra width is needed to cover the wheels that are part of the enhanced four-wheel drive system.

Meanwhile, the 2006 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S is equipped with 19 x 8-inch front wheels with 235/35 Z- rated tires and the huge 19 x 11-inch rear wheels with 305/30 aspect Z-rated tires.

With its even more powerful 355-hp, 3.8-liter “boxer” six, the 2006 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S sprints to 60 mph (96 km/h) in a mere 4.6 seconds and closes in on 99 mph in just 10.8 seconds. Top speed on the test track is 179 mph (288 km/h). The Tiptronic S version accelerates to 60 mph and 96 km/h in 5.0 seconds and reaches 99 mph and 160 km/h in 11.7 seconds. Top track speed is 174 mph (280 km/h).

But like all Porsches, the four-wheel-drive Coupes provide balanced dynamic control, with turning and braking capabilities just as impressive as the figures on the speedometer.

Gallery: Porsche 911 Carrera 4S Coupe