1998 saw Porsche debut its new Carrera model, the 996. It featured the most significant changes to the model since its introduction in 1963. The most significant change to the 996 was the decision to utilise a water-cooled engine, rather than an air-cooled engine, for the first time.
The 996 was a completely new design for Porsche, led by Mr Harm Lagaay. It was also the first 911 that used all new bodywork and did not carry over any significant component from the previous model. Another significant change was the new headlight design, which can be traced back to the Porsche Pan-America concept car. Other changes included a sleeker body design with a more steeply raked windshield and a completely re-designed interior space, aimed at the luxury market.
In 2000, Porsche debuted the 996 Turbo, equipped with a four-wheel-drive system and a 3.6-litre, twin turbo-charged, flat-six engine that now produced 414hp, propelling the car from 0 to 60 mph in 4.2 seconds. The engine used in the 996 Turbo is a derivative of the Metzger engine found in the Le Mans winning GT1 race car, it also has none of the supposed weaknesses associated with the standard 996 Carrera engine.
Since its release in 2000, the Porsche 996 Turbo has been a huge success, famed for its reliability, usability, and staggering performance.
UK specification (C16), Basalt Black Metallic paintwork, Heated black leather sports seats with electric backrest adjustment, Tiptronic S transmission, ‘X50’ power kit, ‘XAF’ Turbo Aerokit (spoiler only), 18-inch light alloy wheels, Rear parking sensors, Electric sunroof, Cruise control, Bose premium sound system, CD changer, PCM2, Telephone handset, Aluminium Tiptronic selector lever, Stainless steel ‘Turbo’ door entry guards, Leather speaker covers, Leather centre console, Folding rear seats, Tailored Porsche overmats, Spare key.
Well specified from the factory with the desirable ‘X50’ power upgrade and ‘XAF’ Aerokit, this 996 Turbo presents really well in Basalt Black Metallic. The paintwork is still notably sharp with only a dusting of light frontal stone chips to report on close inspection. The headlights also present to an excellent standard with none of the typical discolouration to speak of. The car is currently fitted with a standard Turbo front splitter, which is showing some wear to the lower edge. Mesh grilles have also been installed in front of the condensers as a preventative measure against stone chips.