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When Porsche introduced the 996 in 1998, it heralded a big departure from the timeless 911 concept, for not only was it radically different to its predecessor but, for the first time, a Porsche 911 was water cooled. Stringent emissions/noise regulations, a higher expectation for refinement and a high-performance, 4-valves per cylinder engine made the switch necessary. Other major changes included a completely new platform topped with a sleeker body, a more raked windscreen, and a redesigned interior. The new car was far more practical too, with more space for touring, a roomier cabin and a structure that was 45% stiffer, yet despite all of this, the 996 was 50kg lighter than the outgoing model.
In response to customer demand, the four-wheel drive Carrera 4S was introduced in 2003 fitted as standard with many options including a wider body with turbo-style wheels, lowered suspension, and a sports exhaust coupled to the 3.6-litre engine which developed 320bhp @6600rpm and 273lb/ft torque. Aided by the inclusion of 'Variocam plus' which improved power delivery through the range, the car was capable of 0-60 in under 5 seconds and a top speed of over 175mph.
This particular car is a C-16, UK-spec C4S and was supplied new in July 2004 through the main Porsche agent in Jersey where it was to reside for the next 12 years. Regularly maintained by the Porsche main agent, as shown by the official Porsche bookpack and handbooks, the car was seldom used and has today covered just over 9,000 miles from new, as confirmed by both the service history and older MOT Certificates in the history file.
The curvaceous looks borrowed from the Turbo, combined with the enhanced brakes, lowered suspension and sophisticated four-wheel drive system resulted in the C4S becoming hugely desirable and this rare manual gearbox example, superbly finished in Arctic Silver, is eminently collectable particularly at this tiny mileage. It also offers its next owner the luxury of modern technology such as airbags, ABS, door-bars, and sat-nav etc. as well as a driving experience that is true and typical Porsche - exciting and exhilarating.
Prior to the sale, this vehicle will have an oil and filter service with fresh fluids and be MOT'd, road tested and inspected.