The 996 Carrera. In 1998, Porsche debuted an all new version of its quintessential sports car, and whilst it kept the traditional and unchangeable hard points in situ – rear engined, two doors and a 2+2 layout – in a move that shocked Porsche traditionalists, the air cooled engine, a mainstay of the 911 since its inception in the sixtys, was re-engineered to become water-cooled.
Indeed, the 996 was a completely new design for Porsche. The brainchild of Mr Harm Lagaay, no significant component from the previous model was carried over. It was the first 911 to use completely new bodywork and was sleeker with a more steeply raked windscreen than the outgoing 993. But the most aesthetically challenging aspect of the 996 was its new face, eschewing the traditional single circular headlight on each corner for a larger headlight design borrowed from the Porsche Pan-America concept car.
The interior was completely re-designed, more spacious inside and using up to date technology, catering for an ever more demanding target buyer that appreciated a sense of luxury in their sports car.
In 2000, Porsche debuted the 996 Turbo, a model with huge heritage across the 911s history. It was equipped with a four-wheel-drive system and a 3.6 litre, twin turbo-charged, flat-six engine that now produced 420 bhp. This mighty powerplant coupled with unshakeable traction and grip from four driven wheels resulted in massive motive force, propelling the car from 0 to 60 mph in 4.2 seconds and onto a V-max of circa 190mph.
Since its release in 2000, the Porsche 996 Turbo has been a huge success, famed for its staggering performance, usability and reliability. Indeed, the engine used in the 996 Turbo is a derivative of the Metzger engine found in the famed Le Mans winning GT1 race car, and has none of the supposed weaknesses associated with the standard 996 Carrera engine.
RHD, Rear centre console XNB, Heated seats left + right P14, Top tinted windscreen 567, Sunroof 650, PCM system 662, Rear parking assistance 635, Coloured wheel centres 446, CD preparation 689, Deletion of model designation 498, Dark burr wood sport steering wheel XPC, Dark burr wood package 996, Dark wood/aluminium gearshift/handbrake Y08, Aluminium/Steel Dials/Sills/Pipes Y29.
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 too far from the instantly recognisable 911 shape. Finished in the stunning shade of Rainforest Green metallic, the paintwork on this example looks incredible under our unforgiving studio lights and presents beautifully well. There are very few blemishes to report – a testament to such low mileage and diligent ownership.
There are no doubts that you are stepping into something special as the inner door sills displaying the famous ‘Turbo’ signature come into view as you open the door. Once inside, the interior tone is smart and restrained providing a classic contrast between the extended Savannah leather and the Rainforest Green paint. This example has the rare option of extended Dark Burr wood trim which provides an elegant touch to the interior.
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. The 996 bought in a raft of new technology and the 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 6 Speed manual gearbox remains tight and precise and the engine pulls throughout the rev range, providing a familiar Porsche soundtrack coupled with stunning performance.
WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
The traditional swept back turbo alloys are in great shape and fitted with the optional colour crested centres, contrasting perfectly alongside the Rainforest Green paintwork. Fitted with a new set of Michelin Pilot Sport Porsche rated tyres, this car has huge and easily accessible performance, as demonstrated on our test drive.
The discs show plenty of life while the contrasting red calipers are clean, tidy and free of corrosion.
This beautiful 996 Turbo was supplied new on the 23/07/02, via HR Owen Hatfield. It only has two former keepers and the current owner has enjoyed this car since 2005, and driven approaching 16,000 miles in it. As such, this exceptional 996 Turbo exhibits impeccable provenance, enjoying a comprehensive service and maintenance schedule with both OPC and marque specialists, of which a summary is detailed below.
22/07/2003 – 7,817 – Porsche Hatfield – Minor service
27/04/2004 – 11,446 – Porsche Hatfield – Minor service
15/09/2005 – 15,842 – Porsche Reading – Minor service
04/07/2007 – 20,698 – Camtune – Major Service incl plugs and brake fluid change
26/08/2009 – 26,782 – Porsche Byfleet – Minor service
30/06/2010 – Moonface service centre – Replace radiators
08/08/2012 – 29,109 – Porsche Byfleet – Major Service including plugs
07/08/2013 – New pads and discs
14/08/2014 – 31,494 – Storm Developments – Minor service
16/08/2016 – 34,472 – Steve Bull – Minor service and change brake fluid
02/09/2016 – 34,630 – Remove exhaust system to replace all corroded fixings and heat shields, air con condenser, Re gas air con – £1500
20/02/2018 – 34,901 – Steve Bull – Major Service + Plugs, coils, turbo bolts and flanges replaced, brake fluid change, MOT – £1600
The original leather owners wallet and all handbooks accompany the history file alongside two spare keys, as well as a Classic Additions full car cover and trickle charger.
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