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What's Changed

Porsche logo9 Aug 2002

By MARTON PETTENDY

THE C4S is new to Australia within the current 911 model series, although a C4S was part of the previous 993 model line-up from late 1995. The tough-looking 911, with its 60mm wider bodyshell, 10mm lower ride height and twin tailpipes, appeared here as a replacement for the Carrera 4 when the facelifted 911 came here in August, 2001. That facelift included a fresher interior for all 911 models, including - for the first time - cupholders and a glovebox - plus seatbelt pretensioners with belt force limiters, a 25kg weight gain due to extra roof and side reinforcing, and Turbo-look front and rear styling - including headlights, but this time Halogen not bi-Xenon units. The 911's standard six-cylinder boxer engine also came in for a 14kW power hike, courtesy of a 200c increase in displacement, to 3.6 litres. The addition of the Turbo model's VarioCam Plus variable valve timing technology also helped lift peak torque to 370Nm.

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Porsche presented the 911 at the Frankfurt International Automobile Show in 1963. Designed by Ferry Porsche's son, Ferdinand Alexander Porsche, it featured a new flat six-cylinder engine but remained true to the VW concept of using a rear-mounted, air-cooled boxer engine. The first 911 began production in 1964

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