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I am looking at buying this 2004 911 Carrera in Calgary. It is advertised as an S model with 345HP. Did Poorsche make a 996 S? I cannot find any info online about it.

Thanks!

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:welcome:

Did you see the VIN Decoder here ?

BTW.. that car is just a standard Carrera Coupe - no X51 engine package (which still only brought it up top 340 HP). So this car has 320 HP - period.

I am always skeptical of sellers that start with lies that can easily be shown to be lies.

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I'm sure there are many here with more expertise than me but no, as far as I know, there was never a normally aspirated, 2WD, '2004 Carrera S'.

My guess is that if it really has 345 factory horsepower, it is a standard Carrera 2 with the X51 option and an owner-added "S" badge.

My 2004 Carrera VIN is:

WP0AA299X4S62xxxx

WP0AA29944S620441

is yours.

Identical except for the last four numbers (production sequence) and the 9th digit (X vs. 4) which is just a checksum to check for errors in the VIN.

Look for the X51 option on the hood decal and/or the two intake air cleaner to figure out if it has the X51 option. It would not be encoded in the VIN.

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Let us know if it has the X51 option... It was a pretty expensive (~$15K?) and somewhat rare factory option, but did tweak the engine nicely.

X51 engines had, IIRC, slightly higher compression, tweaked camshaft profiles, smoother plenum, dual-port air intake, and some improvements to the oiling system.

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Let us know if it has the X51 option... It was a pretty expensive (~$15K?) and somewhat rare factory option, but did tweak the engine nicely.

X51 engines had, IIRC, slightly higher compression, tweaked camshaft profiles, smoother plenum, dual-port air intake, and some improvements to the oiling system.

I looked it up - it does not have the X51 option unless someone added afterwards. But that would be even more expensive...

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The dealer just confirmed that it is not an S model, and that they do not know the horsepower; even though they specify 345 HP in their ad!

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Let us know if it has the X51 option... It was a pretty expensive (~$15K?) and somewhat rare factory option, but did tweak the engine nicely. X51 engines had, IIRC, slightly higher compression, tweaked camshaft profiles, smoother plenum, dual-port air intake, and some improvements to the oiling system.
I wonder if the X51 option affects the IMS b/c of the increased hp? Probably not.

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