Used Porsche 911 Carrera 4S (996) Review.

The Porsche Carrera 4S has one of the most beautiful rear ends of any Porsche that has come before it. From when you first walk up to a 996 model 911 the impression is of a modern car in every respect. Gone are the classic lines of a 964, but it is definitely a 911 through and through, and once you get inside it is still undeniably a Porsche – but more modern. The Carrera 4S comes well appointed with full leather interior, climate control, heated front seats, full electrically adjustable front seats with memory function, height adjustable steering wheel with integrated paddle shifters for the slick 5-speed automatic transmission, BOSE sound system, remote central locking with integrated alarm system, 18” alloy wheels, red Porsche brake calipers front & rear, extendable rear spoiler (which rises automatically when a speed of 120km/h has been achieved), electric door mirrors, electric windows, and a multitude of advanced stability management and safety features for total peace of mind for all occupants.

Enjoyable Exhaust Sound Track;

When you start the car up there is a nice rumble from the sports exhaust and the induction noise is quite similar to a Porsche GT3 on full throttle. The exhaust is quiet enough to not be intrusive but burbles along nicely, leading to a nice sound track to enjoy. When setting off in the 4S the first thing you notice is how quiet and comfortable the car is – BMW level of comfort and a car you could use everyday. The car’s handling is predictable, and the 4S turns in well, it inspires you to push harder and never really makes you feel like you are on the edge of it all going wrong. On motorway runs it is a very comfortable, quick and competent car, but it is more at home on sweeping back roads where you get to blast from corner to corner, and with brakes from the 996 Turbo, there is more than enough stopping power.

True Enthusiast’s Car;

With the 911 Carrera 4S, you learn something new about it on every journey, and by working with it you evolve new, subtle techniques for gaining the most from it. In fact, diving a Carrera 4S quenches an enthusiast’s thirst like nothing else can. It is a sports car, a supercar in every respect, yet it is also a perfectly practical car for all those days and nights when you’re not tearing through the mountains. In the mountains, or on the way to work, it ravenously consumes the visible landscape at an alarming rate, as if by the mouthful. You just can’t get enough of the 911 in this scenario.

First Water-Cooled 911 Engine;

The Porsche 996 was a completely new 911 design by leading Porsche designer Mr. Pinky Lai, and it featured new body work, interior, and the first water-cooled engine in a 911. The Carrera 4S model was first introduced in 2002, as part of the mid life upgrade which also included an engine upgrade to a 3.6 litre unit and revised front end with new headlight design. The Carrera 4S shares the wide-body of the Turbo as well as the brakes and suspension. Production of the Carrera 4S ceased in 2004, along with most other 996 generation 911 models, excluding the GT3, GT2 and Turbo S.

Engine Statistics;

The Porsche 911 (996 Iteration) Carrera 4S is fitted with a flat 6-cylinder 3.6-litre petrol engine which produces 320bhp and a hefty 370Nm of torque for incredible acceleration. Power is delivered to the road courtesy of a grippy four-wheel-drive system which provides terrific driver enjoyment when driven briskly through a series of bends. The car can sprint from 0-100km/h in as little as 4.9-seconds, achieve a top speed of almost 280km/h, and has a weight distribution front to rear of 40:60 for unrivalled driving dynamics.

Car supplied by Simon Deane of Deane Motors (Classic & Performance Car Specialists), Haddington Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4

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