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. An X50 option which included larger turbochargers and intercoolers along with revised engine control software became available from the factory in 2002, increasing power to 450bhp.
Since its release in 2000, the Porsche 996 Turbo has been a huge success, famed for its reliability, usability and its staggering performance.
Heated seats, Coloured Wheel centres, Sunroof, CD Autochanger, X50 Performance pack, Sports Exhaust system, Stainless Entry plans, Aluminium dials, Leather steering column casing, Leather Sport Steering wheel, Carbon pack, Carbon rear centre console, Inner sill finishers in Leather, Floor mats, Embossed Headrest, Carbon Handbrake lever, Painted Sport seat backs
Finished in the stunning shade of Seal Grey metallic, the paintwork on this example looks incredible under our unforgiving studio lights. Free from any imperfections or blemishes – this example is a true testament to careful use and diligent ownership.
All of the plastic trims and rubber seals are free from the normal fading and remain soft to the touch while the inner arches and underside are excellent with no damage or any signs of corrosion.
Opening up and climbing in over the legendary Turbo inscription the interior tone is a Carbon spectacular offset by 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 operate without fault, and all switchgear remains free from unsightly marks or signs of wear.
The luggage area is in equally perfect condition with all the tools and spare wheel beneath the carpet.
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
Equipped with the X50 power pack, this example produces 450bhp compared to the standard 420bhp. This is achieved with larger turbos, modified intercoolers and a revised ECU, all of which results in 450bhp at 5700rpm and a maximum torque figure of 457lb ft at 3500rpm. It has a fully stamped up service history book with the last entry just 500 miles ago.
The 6 speed manual gear box is a joy to operate, pulling through the gears with perfect German precision. The Clutch was replaced along with the pressure plate at 43k miles while the RMS was also serviced at the same time.
WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
All of the alloy wheels, bolts and badges are unmarked and are shod in a matching set of Michelin Pilot Sports.
The discs hardly show any wear and the calipers immaculate.
This stunning X50 was supplied new in October 2002 by Porsche Reading with an original list price of £105k. A copy of the original New Vehicle Invoice and Spec sheet are available in the History file alongside every Service receipt from new.
The car has been serviced on an Incredible 13 occasions over the last 16 years with a enviable combination of either main agent or esteemed marque specialist. Only the OPC, Autofarm or JZ Machtech have been entrusted to work on the car with the Oxfordshire specialist having serviced the car solely over the last 7 years, last seeing the car in May ’17 at 55,374 miles.
The original book pack is complete with two spare keys and tracker fobs.
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