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 utilize 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 body work 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 complete 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 420 bhp, 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 its staggering performance.
Electric sunroof, PCM SatNav, Bose stereo system, Electric mirrors, Lockable console surround in body colour, Parking sensors, Parrot Bluetooth, Electric windows.
The 996 is currently enjoying a resurgence in popularity and the Turbo occupies a rightful place as one of the definitive Millennium Heroes. Other than a few expected light chips to the front bumper, the paint finish is excellent having been carefully prepared by our in-house team. All of the plastic trims and rubber seals are free from the normal fading and remain soft to the touch.
The inner arches and underside are in good order with no damage or any signs of corrosion.
The interior is virtually unmarked with only very minor wear to driver’s seat bolster and handbrake to report. The alcantara headlining displays tight and clean whilst the stitched leather dash top is in excellent order. Door cards, carpets and mats display the patina of a much younger example.
The fine presentation of the cabin is furnished further by modern technology in the shape of PCM SatNav and Parrot Bluetooth connectivity.
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
The expected thump of boost is as the factory intended with the turbos having been rebuilt in 2012; allied with all wheel drive the grip is astonishing. Being extremely approachable and forgiving around town, the car enjoys a flexibility across all fronts.
The 6 speed manual gear box is a joy to operate, and with a recent clutch replacment the car pulls through the gears with perfect German precision.
WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
All of the alloy wheels, bolts and badges are unmarked and are shod in a matching set of N rated Continental Contact 2 tyres – all of which were replaced in April of 2015.
The discs show plenty of life while the famous big red Brembo calipers are clean, tidy and free of corrosion.
This example was first registered on the 2nd January 2002 at Evans Halshaw Porsche. The car would remain with the main agent until 2008 where it made its first visit to independent specialists, Strasse, for a minor service.
From 2012 to 2014 this Turbo has enjoyed what can only be described as an open cheque book exercise with both Tognola and Lakeside Engineering. Radiators, condensers and turbos have all been replaced whilst the drivetrain has been overhauled with new clutch, gearbox rings, gear set and gear sleeve.
April 2015 saw new front brake pads whilst more recently the gearbox oil was changed and a new battery installed.
The car is supplied with a complete book pack and full toolkit with supplementary accessories.
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