Tested: 2020 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S Manual Fills a Narrow Niche

Porsche’s stick-shift, all-wheel-drive Carrera 4S is a strange and wonderful derivative of the awesome 911.

In a model lineup that will ultimately spawn more than 20 variants, the manual-transmission Porsche 911 Carrera 4S is one of the more peculiar 911 build configurations. Drivers that buy a 911 like this one are presumably sports-car purists, since they’re choosing the seven-speed manual transmission over Porsche’s very good, very quick, and more popular PDK eight-speed dual-clutch automatic. But they’re not so principled that they pick the rear-wheel-drive Carrera S over the 180-pound-heavier all-wheel-drive Carrera 4S.

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