Car reviews - Porsche - 911 - Carrera 4S coupe
Porsches are legendary modes of transport and the CS4 proved particularly pleasing
12 Aug 2002
PORSCHE'S 911 coupe has always been the consummate sports car, and last year's midlife makeover of the current iteration did nothing to blunt either its performance or the formidable reputation the 911 name has earned during almost 40 years in production. As part of the 2001 facelift, which included a bigger, more powerful boxer engine and fresh new interior and exterior styling from the flagship 911 Turbo, Porsche Cars Australia also chose to reintroduce the Carrera 4S - a top-end 911 that mimics the Turbo's tough, wide-bodied stance and also gets its seriously beefy wheels, brakes and clever-but-heavy four-wheel drive system. Replacing the 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 sexy new C4S builds on Porsche's notoriety for top-shelf performance, handling, design and technology - even if it isn't the quickest car in the eight-model 911 range.
Model release date: 1 August 2001 to 1 October 2004
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Porsche 993 911 C4SReleased: October 95
Ended: November 97
Family Tree: 911
THE previous, 993-generation Porsche 911 first appeared Down Under in February, 1994. Packing a 3.6-litre air-cooled flat six with a new six-speed manual, an all-new interior with new seats, more luggage space, a redesigned rear suspension and more powerful brakes, the 993 was the most radically changed 911 ever by dispensing with the 911's 30-year-old upright headlights. The Turbo-look Carrera 4S concept was first offered in the 993 model series, but the 993 C4S did not arrive here until October, 1995, before being discontinued in November, 1997 - two months before the current, liquid-cooled, 996-generation 911 appeared here in January 1998. It was not until the current 911 was facelifted in August 2001, that a new C4S was offered in Australia, replacing the Carrera 4 in the local Porsche line-up.
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