Porsche 911 Carrera 4S Review: Usable Nirvana
What makes a perfect daily drivable sportscar? It is a tough question when you think about it. Sure, there are plenty of cars that offer heart-pounding performance, yet offer little in the way of usability and versatility. Once a single-model automaker, Porsche now provides a wide range of models that allow for comfortable, multi-passenger motoring. While SUVs and four door performance saloons are currently all the rage, a brand like Porsche is nothing without its connection to the past.
The 2014 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S is the singular vehicle that represents the connection to the brand’s roots, while simultaneously points to all the great things going for the brand into the future. Oh yeah, its one hell of a fun driver too.
A Middle Child. A Really, Really Angry Middle Child:
To call the 4S “middle-of-the-road” would be an entire disservice to everything this model is capable of. Sure, its 3.8-liter flat-six is larger (and more importantly, more powerful) than the 3.6-liter unit found in the base 911. With 400 horsepower on tap and a tremendous exhaust roar from the exhaust, this is as angry as a middle child as one could want. Seriously, there is little need for the excess power of the Turbo, or the uncomfortable stripped-down packaging of the GT and RS variants.
With a zero-to-sixty time of 4.3 seconds, a sublime seven-speed manual transmission and the peace-of-mind and winter capability of all-wheel drive- what’s not to love? Oh, speaking of peace-of-mind, the rear-engined Porsche’s are known for a derriere that loves to get sideways. The added power to the front wheels is just enough to right that tedious aspect of the car’s handling.
I don’t want to say the last 146 words on performance are a waste- but what do you really need to know about the car’s handling? It’s a Porsche; it is going to slay the road. But what makes a Porsche a Porsche is the ability to deliver that superlative performance while simultaneously accommodating the driver and passengers in a manner to which $109,000 should be paired. Translation- it is as luxurious as it is fast. That notion is satisfied with heated and cooled, 14-way leather bucket seats envelop the driver and front passenger, while a Burmester premium stereo delivers one of the most articulate sounds available in a car today.