Porsche 911 Carrera 4S

The 2002 Porsche Carrera 4S combines the new 3.6-liter, 320-horsepower (235 kW) Carrera engine with the body, all-wheel drive chassis and feature content of the 911 Turbo. There are some design detail differences between the two models. The front spoiler differs slightly, and the Carrera 4S retains the automatic-deploying rear spoiler from the 911 Carrera instead of the Turbo’s two-piece wing. The Carrera 4S deletes the Turbo’s side intake ducts, since these are only required on the Turbo to supply air to the turbo intercoolers. The Carrera 4S keeps the Turbo’s lower rear quarter panel louvers and gets its own rear glass-reinforced plastic decklid and an exclusive reflector strip connecting the taillights.

The new 3.6-liter engine – also shared with other 911 Carrera models and the new 911 Targa – produces 273 lb.-ft. (370 Nm) of peak torque at 4,250 rpm, with at least 236 lb.-ft. available from 2,500-7,000 rpm. The VarioCam® Plus valve timing and lift system adapted from the 911 Turbo helps boost torque. The 911 Carrera 4S can accelerate from zero-to-62 mph (100 km/h) in 5.1 seconds. A six-speed manual transmission is standard. The advanced Tiptronic® S five-speed automatic, which allows manual control, is available as an option.

The all-wheel drive system uses a viscous multi-plate clutch mounted behind the front differential, sending five-to-40 percent of available torque forward depending on traction and power applied. The standard aluminum alloy Turbo wheels measure 18 x 8 inches in front and mount 225/40 ZR18 tires; the 18 x 11-inch rear wheels mount 295/30 ZR18 tires. The Carrera 4S shares the 911 Turbo suspension and 13-inch vented, cross-drilled four-wheel disc brakes. The standard Porsche Stability Management system (PSM) can detect a loss of grip at the front or rear and reduce instability by applying braking to individual wheels and, if necessary, altering engine power.

Safety technology includes a patented crumple-zone body structure, new seatbelt pretensioners and load limiters, dual front airbags, door-mounted side airbags, and anti-lock brakes (ABS). All 911 models benefit from a strengthened body structure for 2002, which enhances handling, ride quality and safety.

Source: Porsche press

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