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.
PCM1 with Navigation, Colour centre caps, Rear Park Assist, Alcantara headlining, Telephone module, Radio, Cassette player, Bose stereo system, 6-Disc CD changer, Telephone handset with cradle, Electric mirrors, Electric windows, Heated Electric seats, Memory drivers seat, Leather stitched dash, PSM, Top-tint windscreen, Adjustable rear spoiler, Electric sunroof, Lockable centre console and glove box, Aluminium gear stick and handbrake.
The three huge air intakes, flared sills and bulging rear arches all create a more purposeful, aggressive stance to the 996 Turbo; setting it apart from its predecessors without straying from the instantly recognisable 911 shape. Finished in the stunning shade of Basalt Black metallic, the paintwork on this example looks incredible under our unforgiving studio lights and presents free from any imperfections or blemishes- a testament to such low milage and diligent ownership.
Upon entering this Turbo you are first presented with inner door sills displaying the ‘Turbo’ signature, reminding you that you are about to step into something special. Once inside, the interior tone is smart and restrained with the optional Alcantara headlining and soft black leather that extends from the seats, along the dashboard and back down to the door panels. Throughout the car all of the leather is in excellent condition, with the vulnerable seat bolsters presenting free from any creasing or marks and still feel firm and supportive. Mod-cons such as SatNav, heated seats and phone module work without fault, and all switchgear remains free from unsightly marks or signs of wear.
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
Having covered such minimal milage in the past 15 years, the 3.6 litre twin turbocharged flat-six engine presents in perfect mechanical health. This fastidiously cared for 996 Turbo has been diligently serviced throughout its life by Porsche main dealer and specialists, the last being a major service carried out less than 100 miles ago. The 6 Speed manual gearbox remains tight and precise and pulls throughout the rev range, providing a familiar Porsche soundtrack coupled with stunning performance.
WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
Alloys are in great shape and contrast perfectly alongside the Basalt Black paintwork. The optional colour crested caps, bolts and badges are unmarked with wheels shod in a matching set of Continental SportContact 2 tyres – all of which display plenty of tread depth.
The discs show plenty of life while the contrasting red calipers are clean, tidy and free of corrosion.
Supplied new to the current owner in June 2002 this exceptional 996 Turbo exhibits all of the sought after qualities with impeccable provenance to match, with even the original specification confirmation letter still present in the history file. This car has benefitted from meticulous servicing carried out by OPC and Porsche Specialists throughout its life, with a total of 12 service stamps in the book and invoices to match- the most recent of which being a major service carried out in June 2017.
The original leather owners wallet and all handbooks accompany the history file alongside two spare keys.
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