Vehicle Overview
The Porsche 911 Carrera was last redesigned for 1999, but it earned a restyling for the 2002 model year. The updated version of this high-end sports car was unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show in Germany in September 2001. Additional power is part of the new package now that the rear-mounted six-cylinder engine has grown from 3.4 liters to 3.6 liters and its output has risen from 300 to 320 horsepower. The 911 Carrera’s peak torque has increased from 258 to 273 pounds-feet.

Appearance changes for the Carrera series — which includes a rear-wheel-drive coupe, a rear-drive Cabriolet (convertible) and the all-wheel-drive Carrera 4 Cabriolet — are inspired by the 911 Turbo. The profile is unmistakably 911, but the headlight design, for one, stems from the Turbo. Freshly shaped at the front end, the latest 911 has a wider rear-end panel and restyled oval exhaust tailpipes. A new lockable glove box has been installed, a three-spoke steering wheel replaces the four-spoke unit, and a cupholder is integrated into the center dashboard. New seat belt pretensioners and load limiters have been installed, and a Bose digital sound system is newly optional.

A glass rear window replaces the previous polycarbonate pane in the convertibles, which have a power-operated top. Porsche says the Cabriolet is the most popular body style at North American dealerships. An AWD Carrera 4 coupe is scheduled to join the AWD Cabriolet later in the 2002 model year.

The 911 Turbo returned to the Porsche lineup in June 2000 as an early 2001 model; this time it came equipped with AWD. The 3.6-liter twin-turbo six-cylinder engine cranks out 415 hp and 415 pounds-feet of torque.

All-wheel drive and a six-speed-manual transmission are standard in the Turbo. Customers can also choose a five-speed automatic that has Porsche’s Tiptronic system, which permits manual gear changes using fingertip switches on the steering wheel. The Turbo’s Tiptronic feature has 250 shifting “maps.” The bi-xenon headlights that are standard on the 911 Turbo are now optional for 911 Carreras.

The 911 Carrera 4S coupe was also unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September 2001 and is likely to go on sale during 2002. Basically, the 4S would blend Turbo bodywork with the basic Carrera 4. A Cabriolet version may also appear at some point.

Although the 911’s sleek, low, curvaceous shape has remained essentially the same since the car was redesigned for 1999, the latest Carreras look more assertive. Their lineage and fastback profile can be traced back through the line of 911s over the past 35 years. An optional aluminum hardtop for convertible models contains a glass back window with a defogger. Carrera models can have an optional sport suspension, and the coupe can be fitted with a roof rack.

Reported by Jim Flammang  for;
From the 2002 Buying Guide