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, Xenons, Heated memory seats, Bose stereo system, Electric mirrors, Colour crested wheel centres, Parking sensors, Bluetooth enabled stereo, Electric windows.
The Forest Green metallic shows a rich shimmer thanks to a generous silver flake that works beautifully on the 996 body; a tasteful Grand Touring alternative that presents consistently well around the car. With distinctive smooth lines and oval bi-xenon headlights, this is classic 911 but with the more aggressive Turbo angles; a modified front end, wide wheel arches and a rear featuring a redesigned wing spoiler and rear bumper.
The car presents in excellent condition with typical areas such as lights, mirrors and rear arches showing almost no signs of use. Trim and plastics are also in fine condition with no scratches or crazing, along with all the other glass, windows and light fittings.
A perfect contrast to the deep green paintwork, the savanna leather that covers nearly every surface of the cabin is stitched with perfection and matched with beige carpets. The interior shows in immaculate condition with no abnormal signs of wear to the seats and areas of typical use other than the sill trim scuff panel. Switch gear can often fall foul of grubby fingers and sharp nails although buttons and dials show crisp and clean.
Heated seats, Electric sunroof and a Bluetooth enabled stereo offer a full compliment of welcome touring luxuries.
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
The flat 6 is unmistakable Porsche on start up, purposeful yet civilised. The drivetrain is in excellent order thanks to a recent clutch replacemnet and performs admirably with a tight, tactile gearshift. The 6 speed manual gear box is a joy to operate, pulling through the gears with perfect German precision and huge amounts of torque low down from the variable geometry turbos.
With 12 main dealer stamps in the book this 996 has always enjoyed the close attention of the OPC; it comes as no surprise the car feels as tight and assured with this excellent provenance.
WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
Alloys are in great shape with the colour crested caps offering lovely detail against the deep green paintwork and bright red calipers. Bolts and badges are unmarked with wheels shod in a matching set of N rated Contisport tyres – all of which display plenty of tread depth.
The discs show plenty of life while the famous big red Brembo calipers are clean, tidy and free of corrosion.
Supplied new in Late October of 2000 by HR Owen Hatfield, this unusual 996 has an exquisite service record with 1 specialist stamp via JZM amongst 12 main dealer visits. JZ Machtech have performed further measures more recently; a re-sealed engine with all new gaskets, new AC condensors and a new Turbo frequency valve feature prominently along with a host of other works all listed in the history file.
A set of new rear tyres brings the car right up-to-date and in line with the OPC’s ‘green light’ 111 point check expectations.
A Certificate of Authenticity, spare key, complete owners wallet and a sheaf of MOT certificates verify mileage whilst all previous owners are accounted for in the Guarantee and Maintenance book.
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