Porsche 911 Carrera
Porsche has significantly enhanced the 911 Carrera models for 2002, their fourth model year, giving them a larger, more powerful engine and a new look inspired by the 911 Turbo. The line includes the 911 Carrera Coupe and Cabriolet and the all-wheel drive 911 Carrera 4 Cabriolet.
Porsche enlarged the displacement of the six-cylinder boxer engine in the 911 Carrera models to 3.6 liters from 3.4 liters and increased horsepower to 320 from 300. Peak torque increases to 273 lb.-ft. at 4,250 rpm from 258 lb.-ft. at 4,600 rpm, and the torque curve is now broader overall for enhanced response at all speeds. The new VarioCam® Plus valve timing and lift system – similar to that used on the 911 Turbo – helps boost torque. Porsche optimized suspension tuning for the enhanced performance, and new-design Carrera II 17-inch alloy wheels reduce unsprung weight.
The 911 Carrera models gain new seatbelt pretensioners and load limiters. A three-spoke sports steering wheel replaces the previous four-spoke wheel, and the center vents have also been redesigned. The remote entry system now controls memory function when the optional power seats are ordered. A new optional Bose® digital sound system replaces previous sound system upgrades. The newly standard onboard computer uses an LCD screen in the tachometer to display information including fuel consumption and driving range, engine oil level, outside temperature and 35 different warning messages in plain text. New exterior colors include Black, Basalt Black Metallic and Carrera White.
Source: Porsche press