The 911 had come close to the chopping block back in 1981, and Porsche wasn’t about to let its flagship slide so much that anything of the sort could happen again. The 1989 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 drew heavily, in terms of style , from its predecessor, but was in fact an almost complete remodel, designed to accommodate major technical elements from Porsche’s supercar, the 959. The principal such element was the four-wheel drive system, which literally transformed the 911 from a finicky, hard to drive car into an all-weather super-cruiser. This was done without sacrificing anything that drivers liked most about the 911, truly a masterful achievement!
The Carrera 4 was powered by a tuned-down version of the 959’s flat-six engine, minus the turbos; it’s 3.6-liter displacement produced 250 horsepower, which was enough to push this all-wheel drive car to a 161 miles per hour top speed, and accelerate to 60 mph in 5.7 seconds. This steel monocoque car was equipped with an independent, highly tuned suspension, and four-wheel disc brakes for extra stopping power.
The 1989 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 was the first of the ‘964’ models to be introduced, and proved to be a well-deserved success, both on the racetrack and in the showrooms of Porsche dealers everywhere.