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All-wheel drive grip heightens Porsche's unrivalled 911 driving experience

4 Nov 2005

WHENEVER we have the privilege of driving a Porsche – insert any model here – there’s a palpable increase in heart-rates in anticipation of the excitement generated by such a drive. The latest Porsches deliver all the right ingredients for the serious driver – outstanding dynamics, precise steering, superior roadholding and superb comfort levels. They’re long-distance sportscars that redefine the meaning of driving in an era where over-zealous policing – Victoria comes to mind - and extreme political correctness on the road is reducing the technique of driving to a highly dangerous, zombie-like state of mind. Fortunately there are some dedicated Germans at Porsche delivering cars like the Carrera 4S. Hallelujah.

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Model release date: 1 November 2005 to 1 August 2008

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Porsche (996) 911 Carrera 4S

Released: August 2001
Ended: October 2004
Family Tree: 911

As part of the 2001 facelift of the 996-series 911 range, which included a bigger, more powerful boxer engine and fresh new interior and exterior styling from the flagship 911 Turbo, Porsche Cars Australia made the decision to reintroduce the Carrera 4S – which it described as a top-end 911 mimicking the Turbo’s tough, wide-bodied stance. Critics may have been upset by the teardrop headlights but there was little else to fault the car. It also got the seriously beefy wheels, brakes and clever-but-heavy four-wheel drive system. Replacing the then Carrera 4 as the only non-Turbo four-wheel drive in the local 911 line-up, the C4S is therefore one of two things, depending on your perspective: a poor man’s 911 Turbo or a bodykitted 911 C4. Either way, the C4S built on Porsche’s notoriety for top-shelf performance, handling, design and technology, even if it was not the quickest car in the 911 range.

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