2002-2004 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S

Monte Doran
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Brescia, Italy - With the introduction of the Targa, the GT2, and the C4S, Porsche Cars North America will offer an incredible seven variants of the current 911. The latest to arrive is the Carrera 4S, which replaces the C4 coupe.

How you view the newest 911 model depends on your world view. Glass-half-empty types will see a Carrera 4 tarted up with flared fenders, eighteen-inch wheels, bigger brakes, a gaping front fascia, and $8200 added to the price. Glass-half-full types will see the C4S as a Turbo, minus the actual turbocharger and the whale-tail spoiler, for $34,800 less.

Goldilocks types, however, likely will view the C4S as just right.

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Consider that the 415-horsepower Turbo hits 60 mph in a mere 4.2 seconds. The 315-horse C4S requires 5.2 seconds for the same feat, which is still righteously quick. Furthermore, partake of the Turbo's heroic thrust for much longer than five seconds, and you risk being clotheslined by the long arm of the law.

That said, the C4S will trounce the old Carrera 4 coupe on a racetrack. The rear wheels are an inch wider, allowing for bigger tires and even more grip. The C4S has 25 percent more swept brake area, for stronger, longer-lasting brakes. Finally, the gaping front fascia and functional brake ducts result in marginally better cooling, providing, says Porsche, "increased performance reserves."

Does all this make the new 911 Carrera 4S worth eight grand more than the outgoing Carrera 4? Moreover, would we drop another thirty large on the 911 Turbo? With 911 sticker prices ranging all the way from $68,665 to $180,665, Porsche lets you decide how fast you--and your money--can go.

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