The major criticisms of Porsche’s 911 series concern the relative similarity between the various versions, judged to be too conservative both from a design and technical point of view. Which is also true, but in our opinion it represents the strong point of the 997 as of all the 911s: a tried and tested approach, never distorted, and always based on the responses of the track, has generated an object that borders on perfection.
The engine is the classic six-cylinder boxer, praised in the displacement of 3,824 cc. The maximum power is 355 horsepower at 6,600 rpm, while the torque reaches 400 Nm at 4,600 rpm. Peculiarity of this model is the four-wheel drive operated by a viscous clutch, which transfers a percentage from 5 to 40% of the torque on the wheels of the front axle.
Aesthetically, the 4 stands out from the 2 for a more pronounced B side: a widening of 4.4 cm created to make room for the oversized roadways. A technical choice already adopted in the past and apparently paradoxical: a greater distance between the rear wheels would make more sense on the 2-wheel drive versions. As the Porsche technicians have explained to us, instead, due to the greater weight, the Carrera 4 would get a worse time (compared to the Carrera 2) on the Nürburgring circuit: something unacceptable for customers who decide to spend more. In this way the chronometric survey is practically equivalent. Another noticeable difference in the eye is the transversal luminous band positioned between the rear projectors. Internally, in the right quadrant of the instrumentation a new screen has been inserted, which in real time gives the graphic representation (through a bar graph) of the distribution of traction between the front and rear axles. Unchanged all the rest, with the usual exemplary quality of the materials, the assemblages performed to perfection and the two rear seats reserved for children.