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911 Carrera 4S 3.6 – 285 ch [1996 à 1998]

Sales Spotlight: Porsche 993 Carrera 4S

As has happened in other areas of the air-cooled Porsche 911 market, Porsche 993 Carrera 4S prices have, over the last few years, been pulled up by the appreciation of models further up the Neunelfer food chain.

Whenever the 993 Turbo has broken new ground, the Carrera 4S has soon followed suit, normally around £30,000-£50,000 behind its forced induction sibling. However, the 993 C4S does have a particularly popular following of its own.

Built using the Turbo body shell, the Porsche 993 Carrera 4S’s wide haunches are especially alluring when bereft of the optional aerokit, as this example from classic Porsche specialists, Hexagon Modern Classics demonstrates.

993 C4S Hexagon interior

Along with the four-wheel drive system and wider track, the 993 Carrera 4S inherited the Turbo’s improved ‘Big Red’ brakes and the lower sports suspension, making it a superb everyday air-cooled Porsche 911.

With the Varioram-equipped flat six providing the propulsion, the Carrera 4S also benefits from greater mid-range torque than earlier narrow body 993 Carreras (and an extra 13hp at the top end).

Even by Porsche 993 Carrera 4S standard, Hexagon’s car isn’t cheap, with the North London dealership currently asking for £89,995. However, they are specialists at finding exceptional low-mileage examples for their stock and this 993 is no exception to that rule.

993 C4S Hexagon engine

Having covered just 21,450 since it was delivered new in 1997, this C4S looks immaculate inside and out, with the unusual Arena Red Metallic paintwork retaining its deep lustre.

In the cabin, the black leather sports seats are only showing some minor creasing wheel the 993’s steering wheel looks virtually untouched. As you’ll notice, this is a left-hand drive example but, for UK buyers, we’d just take that as an excuse to go on various European adventures with this C4S.

Coming with a number of options, including the original Porsche Sound Package and an electric sunroof, Hexagon’s 993 Carrera 4S will also come with a 12-month warranty and a comprehensive history file.

For more information on this 993 Carrera 4S, or to see more of their excellent Porsche 911 stock, check out Hexagon Modern Classic’s website now.

993 Carrera 4S Hexagon rear

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Porsche 993 Carrera 4S: the finest turbo-look 911?

When it was launched in 1993, there were no arguments about the new 911’s looks. The fared-in headlights may have seemed radical, but combined with the new 993’s rounded hips, it was received with greater enthusiasm than the 964 five years earlier.

Porsche recognised that the edict in 1984 to the 964’s stylists ‘to touch nothing above the axle line’ was too conservative: 964 sales fell away after a strong start, and by 1990, such were Porsche’s finances, the next 911 had to be a success.

Supervised by director of styling Harm Lagaaij, designer Tony Hatter did a fine job of smoothing the 964’s coachwork, eliminating the obtrusive bumpers and melding the headlights with the wings.

Porsche 993 C4S front

He would have liked to go further, recessing the windscreen wipers and revising the roofline, but the budget didn’t extend to this. It did, however, let him flare the 993’s rear haunches, a feature which created raptures and made its rear three-quarter angle one of the best views of any car.

The Turbo 993 was launched after a gap of two years. It continued the tradition of wider rear quarters, originally conceived to accommodate the larger rear tyres. With the enlarged rear wing, which from 1977 incorporated an intercooler, the ‘Turbo look’ became a Porsche icon.

The positive reception given to the 993’s pronounced hips persuaded Porsche that there could be a rich seam to be mined with a production model. The star of the Porsche stands at the 1995 autumn motor shows was not just the new 408bhp 911 Turbo, but a similarly wide-bodied, albeit naturally aspirated 911.

Porsche 993 C4S driving

Rather than dub its new model ‘Turbo look’, which would have cast it somewhat into the shadow of the real Turbo, Porsche created a new model, introducing it as the Carrera 4S – the numeral indicating it was all-wheel drive and the S implying a special model, akin to the original 911S.

The other aspect of the 993 that improved on the 964 was this all-wheel drive. The 964 C4’s fixed torque split (69:31) spoiled the 911’s handling balance, proving prone to numbing understeer – the last thing buyers expected.

The revised installation of the 993 C4 not only shaved 50 kilograms off the weight, but its infi nitely variable allocation of torque transformed the handling. Testers found that the new C4 had the same agility and lightness of touch as the rear-drive version, and that rather than working against the handling, all-wheel drive aided it by enhancing stability when cornering in the wet.

To read our Porsche 993 Carrera 4S feature in full, order your copy of Total 911 issue 109 online for just £1.15 (a 75 per cent discount). Alternatively, download it straight to your digital device now.

Porsche 993 C4S rear

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Porsche 993 Carrera 4S: ultimate guide

Widebody 911s have historically enjoyed a popular following among enthusiasts, so after successful early renditions in 3.2 Carrera and 964 form, it was only a matter of time before the 993 enjoyed the same treatment from the factory.

The result was the car you see here, the C4S being the first naturally aspirated 993 to receive the widebody treatment when it arrived for the 1996 model year.

Before we explore the detail, it’s worth a reminder of where the 993 fits into the 911 story. Launched in 1993, the Tony Hatter-styled model did much to reinvigorate the automotive world’s interest in the 911.

993 Carrera 4S interior

Sporting a classic outline and smooth new styling, it brought a number of benefits over the outgoing 964, not least of which was a bodyshell claimed to be 80 per cent new and 20 per cent stiffer, and featuring some clever aerodynamic enhancements.

That new shell was hot-dip galvanised so it would last longer, with further changes including a new headlamp design that claimed a 50 per cent improvement in light output, and quirky central pivots for wipers.

For the C4S, the most obvious change was the addition of the Turbo-look rear wings that added 60mm to the width, which was now a broad-shouldered 1,795mm.

993 Carrera 4S front

The electrically activated rear spoiler was retained, the lack of an intercooler negating the need for the Turbo’s fixed item, but those after more significant road presence could always delve into the Porsche Exclusiv catalogue.

A number of buyers did just that, resulting in cars that sported a more aggressive front air dam and an impressively large fixed rear wing, and while such modifications aren’t to all tastes, there is no arguing with the visual drama they bring.

To read our complete ultimate guide to the Porsche 993 Carrera 4S pick up a copy of Total 911 issue 122 in store now. Alternatively, download it straight to your digital device for immediate reading.

993 Carrera 4S detail

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