When Porsche pulled the cover off their all-new 996 generation 911 in 1997, the water-cooled engine was a major departure from tradition. Air-cooled aficionados were none too happy but there was no going back. However, the displeasure owners voiced over the front end practically mirroring lower cost Boxsters was heard, and acted up, in Stuttgart. Porsche went back to the drawing board and in 2002, unveiled the 996.2 lineup with some key changes.
Along with a mild bumper revision and larger displacement motor, the base 911 headlights were more closely aligned with the high-end Turbo model to set it apart from the Boxster. Then there was the all-new Carrera 4S (C4S). Replacing the Carrera 4, this new car shared the flared rear quarters from the period 911 Turbo to go with its all-wheel-drive system that can send up to 40% of torque to the front wheels. Other Turbo features blended into the C4S were the brakes, suspension with 0.4” lower ride height and beefy 295 mm rubber out back.