A friend in the USA just sent me a link to this advert for a Porsche 996 Carrera 4S The first thing that struck me was that it is odd to see an Official Porsche Centre (Center?) selling a 10-year-old car, and then I spotted the mileage. This 996 Carrera 4S has just 1224 miles on the clock! In effect, then, it’s as good as new. The asking price is $54,000 which equates to £34,000. Now, that’s a lot of money for a 996 Carrera 4S but it’s less than half the price of a brand-new Porsche 911. Look at […]
A friend on Twitter has just posted that his dream Porsche 991 Carrera 4S would cost him a total of £110,000 if he bought it on finance. A full £12,000 of that is interest and the deal involves putting down a £10,000 deposit then paying off £2300 a month for two years. It’s actually not a bad deal from a finance point of view, I guess, but only if you can afford to swallow the costs without a struggle. It got me thinking, though, you can get a Porsche 996 for the price of the deposit, although I’d recommend spending […]
I don’t hold with the argument that the Porsche 996 is ugly although I can see why some people find it a bit bland-looking. However, the wide-bodied 996 Carrera 4S addresses that criticism fair and square – I think it’s one of the best-looking 911s and many others think so too. Built from 2001 to 2005, the 996 Carrera 4S follows on from other wide-bodied 911s including the Carrera Turbo-Look of 1984, and included the 993 Carrera 4S. The Carrera 4S is essentially an all-wheel drive Carrera in in a 911 Turbo bodyshell, albeit without the Turbo’s air intakes in […]
I had a call yesterday from a chap wanting to buy his first 911 – a 996. As soon as he said his budget was around £23,000, I immediately thought ‘Carrera 4S’. A few moments later, he said he fancied a 4S but was concerned it may be too extreme for a first 911. Not at all. The Carrera 4S is basically a standard 996 enhanced with a wide Turbo bodyshell and Turbo brakes and suspension, plus a classic full-width rear reflector. To my eye, it’s the best-looking 996 of all (especially from the rear) and is lovely to drive […]
I’m lucky enough to have two very special – and rare – Porsches in stock at the moment. A 1997 993 Carrera S and a 1998 993 Carrera 4S. Both boast the wide Turbo bodyshell and look simply wonderful. The S is Tiptronic and the 4S is manual. The key visual difference between the two cars is the engine lid – the Carrera S has a vertical divider down the middle of the vent. Which would you choose?
Here’s a car I’ve just taken on. A Porsche 993 Carrera 4S that’s in astonishing condition. It really is faultless! The car was registered in February 1998 so I assumed it would have a 1997 build date but, no – the VIN shows that a 1998 manufacture date. That means it’s one of the last ever 993s (and air-cooled 911s) and a lovely looking car, with its Turbo bodyshell and Arctic Silver paintwork. Click here for full details and photos.
The other day, I posted a rear shot of a Porsche 996 Carrera 4S and suggested it was one of the best looking rears of any 911. The response (in various places) was mostly positive but one or two were less sure about the full-width rear reflector (I love it!). But does the 996 Carrera 4S work from other angles? Here are a couple of more photos I’ve dug out from the archives. Do leave your comments below.