21,550 Original Miles


Manual Transmission
3.6L Flat 6
320 hp @ 6800 rpm*
273 lb/ft torque @ 4250 rpm*
Capable 0-60 MPH: 4.6 seconds
Top Speed: 174 MPH
*Base Price in 2004: $93,200


*Seller Asking:


2004 Porsche 911 996 c4s 4s 6spd for sale
Fast Facts:

  • The Carrera 4S (C4S) was the only “S” model of the 996 generation (there was no 2WD version). The C4S replaced the Carrera 4 in 2002
  • The Carrera 4S uses the same engine as the base 911, and makes the same exact power (just as the 993 “S” was no more powerful than the base 993). It wasn’t until the 997 generation when the 911 “S” models made more power than the base 911
  • The C4S wasn’t simply a “modified” base Carrera – it was more of a 911 Turbo with the turbos removed (it was the 996 “Turbo-look”). It featured the Turbo model’s brakes, suspension, and rear-biased AWD system. The Turbo widebody quarter panels are used, but there are no air ducts (leaving a clean shape). The widebody panels were required to fit the Turbo’s 295mm tires, and while the bigger 11″ wheels look the part, they aren’t the same hollow spoke wheels found on the Turbo model
  • The result is that the C4S drives and handles like a Turbo with 100 less horsepower. Unfortunately, the Turbo upgrades make the C4S 143 lbs heavier than the equally powerful base 911. Despite the disadvantage, Porsche quoted a 0.1 second faster to 0-60 time in the C4S than in the base Carrera
  • Arguably the coolest feature of the C4S was the long, red “band” reflector at the back connecting the rear tail lights. This was a neat throw back to the air-cooled generation, and it truly sets the C4S apart from the other 911s. Even the Turbo didn’t receive this touch
  • The headlights of the 996 have always been a controversial design feature. Fast forward 25 years, and it’s less of an eyesore considering the wild headlight designs we’ve grown accustomed to on modern cars. However, the 996 was released at a time when automotive headlight design was still mostly undeveloped and primitive (pop-ups were still in production). This meant the 996 stood out like an alien
  • Harm Lagaay, Director of ‘Style Porsche’ from 1989 to 2004, said the headlight design was the result of development requirements. Porsche insisted the headlights have five functions: main beam, running lights, parking lights, fog lights and indicators. There should be no visible mounting hardware as well
  • That means the headlights were responsible for all of the 911’s frontal lighting. Cramming all this 90’s tech into a single light fixture meant an awkward headlight design was inevitable. Even the people at Porsche were divided by the result, so much so that the accessory department began offering headlight covers to dealers immediately after the launch of the car in ’97. The covers were intended to fit over the headlight and mimic the look of the previous gen 993
Key Model Year Changes:

  • 2004 was the only year the C4S could be had as a Cabriolet
  • This is ultimately the final year of the 996 generation 911, although there were a few cars that sold as 2005 models in the U.S
  • Ignition switch is updated
  • New 80 amp/hr battery
  • Updated ABS system (ABS 5.7)
  • Updated PCM software
  • Updated Bose Amplifier software
  • The mid-cycle update occurred in 2002, which included an increase in engine displacement from 3.4L to 3.6L. Many other changes occurred as well
  • 2003 saw a 5hp increase

Seller Notes:

  • 21k original miles
  • Completely original. 18″ GT3 Carrera wheels
  • Babied since new. Two owners
  • Parked in a temperature controlled garage
  • New factory leather seats in Metropol blue and new canvas convertible top
  • Has full power accessories including a Bose premium sound system


  • Location: Jacksonville, Florida (more photos below)

  • UPDATE: ad is no longer available (sold or expired)

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*SAE rated from factory. May not reflect current output
*Performance numbers pulled from reputable automotive road tests
*Base price when new does not reflect original MSRP of this particular car, nor does it reflect what the original owner paid for it
*Advertised price at time of posting. Sellers can raise or lower prices on their original ad at any time. Click on the original ad to view current price/availability


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