I was asked recently how a Porsche 996 Carrera 4S is different to the normal Carrera 4. Well, it’s mainly down to the wide Turbo rear wings and – a 996 exclusive – a full-width rear reflector as seen on previous 911s. To my mind (and to many others), from the back it’s by far the best-looking 996, and one of the best-looking 911s, too.
The uprated suspension was based on that of the Turbo, so the car was 10mm lower than the standard Carrera. The brakes, too, came straight from the 911 Turbo and gave phenomenal stopping performance. The wheels were also the 18-inch Turbo items. The suspension makes a remarkable difference to the car – it feels so much more refined than other 996 Carreras.
Throw in four-wheel-drive, PSM (Porsche Stability Management) and a high interior specification and the Carrera 4S, despite costing more than the standard Carrera 4, began to make a lot of sense, and it has gone on to be one of the most sought-after of the 996 variants.
You’ll pay a premium for a 4S but I think it’s worth it. Not only do you get a car that looks fantastic, it’s also a joy to drive. Long term, it’s going to be a classic 911. I’ve got several buyers looking for these Porsches so if you have one to sell, please do get in touch!