The Porsche 996 C4S: Cooler than Air

In 1998 Porsche stopped production of its legendary aircooled 911 (Typ 993), and first of the water-cooled 911’s (996) rolled off the production line.

I think it’s fair to say the Porsche 996 divided opinion.

It’s reluctance to look anything like the 911’s that came before – not a single body part from the preceeding 30 years of 911 production made it onto the new car – and it set itself apart from the legend and its fan base.

Not only that, they replaced the air with water!

In truth, the 996 saved not only the 911 but Porsche itself. Out selling the 993 by some considerable margin the popularity of the 996 was both a blessing and a curse.

Total 911 Editor Lee Sibley (a C4S owner) explains further in his article – In Praise of the Porsche 996 Carrera

Now, nearly 30 years on, the purists are softening their stance.

The Porsche 996 C4S, possibly the best value supercar on the road today, is coming out of hiding into the spot light and it’s being welcomed with open arms…

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