View Photos of the 2020 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S Manual

2020 porsche 911 carrera 4s manual

Michael SimariCar and Driver

This particular Porsche 911, the all-wheel-drive Carrera 4S, is one of the weirder 911 variants that you can buy. It features the seven-speed manual transmission that will appeal to purists but also carries a 180-pound weight penalty compared to the rear-drive Carrera S.

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Porsche will eventually offer more than 20 variants of the 992-generation 911. In that crowded family, the 4S variants carve out a niche as the only models to offer all-wheel drive and a manual transmission.

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Both Carrera S and Carrera 4S versions of the 911 use a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter flat-six that makes 443 horsepower and 390 pound-feet of torque.

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Porsche’s seven-speed manual is a no-cost option on the 911 Carrera 4S. Most buyers will choose the excellent PDK eight-speed dual-clutch automatic, but those who opt for the manual will be rewarded with an extra element of engagement that makes the 911 that much more exciting.

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With the 4S’s manual transmission, there’s no traction advantage to having all-wheel drive when launching the car on dry pavement. The lighter, rear-wheel-drive Carrera S is quicker to 60 mph and through the quarter-mile.

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The seven-speed manual transmission shares much of its hardware with Porsche’s seven-speed dual-clutch automatic.

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Our 4S test car’s chassis was enhanced with a lowered sport suspension and rear-wheel steering.

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Equipped with the seven-speed manual, the Porsche 911 Carrera 4S hits 60 mph in 3.8 seconds and clears the quarter-mile in 12.1 seconds.

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We averaged 31 mpg with the 911 4S in our 75-mph highway fuel economy test, beating its EPA estimate by a massive 7 mpg.

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As if being an all-wheel-drive, manual-transmission sports car in the year 2020 isn’t odd enough, the 911 Carrera 4S also has a back seat for two very small passengers.

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Compared to the small electronic shifter in the automatic-transmission car, the manual-transmission car’s shifter obscures several climate and infotainment controls from the driver’s view.

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