997 is the internal designation for the Porsche 911 model manufactured and sold by German manufacturer Porsche between 2004 (as Model Year 2005) and 2012. The 997 is the most commercially successful 911 of all time, having sold 100,000 units of the first generation alone between its introduction in 2005 and July 2007.
The 997 Turbo debuted in February 2006 at the Geneva Motor Show. It featured a new front bumper with LED turn signal strips in the air intakes; the fog lamps were moved to the corners of the bumpers. Large air vents fore and aft of the rear wheels provide other obvious visual cues of the Turbo model. Also featured was a retractable rear wing, as used on the 996 Turbo.
The engine was based on the rugged and reliable 964/GT1 design, rated at 470 hp and 460 lb·ft. The turbochargers are fitted with a two-stage resonance intake system. The unit uses two BorgWarner VTG turbos, a first for Porsche. The Variable Turbine Geometry incorporates guide vanes on the turbine wheel that change their angle of attack with exhaust speed, reducing boost lag at low speeds while opening up to prevent excessive back pressure at high RPMs.
The optional Sport Chrono package allows the 911 Turbo to overboost for ten seconds, increasing peak torque over a narrow RPM range.
Silver Sports Chrono package plus, Electric Sunroof, Park Assist, Cruise Control, Heated seats, PCM with Nav, Telephone module, 6 Disc CD Autochanger, Painted side skirts, Multi function Carbon Steering wheel, Carbon centre console, Carbon gearshift, Carbon handbrake lever, Carbon entry sill trims with illuminated turbo badge, Top tinted windscreen, Bose surround sound, Red tail lights, 16 way adaptive sports seats.
White has survived as a signature colour for all manner of 911’s and this particular example provides a fitting testament with a deep shine and excellent panel fit. The paint work presents beautifully, consistent and rich throughout; a fitting tribute to a fastidious ownership whilst having been regularly detailed.
Trim and plastics are also in fine condition with no scratches or crazing, along with all the other top tinted glass, windows and light fittings.
The 997 maintains that perfect Porsche balance of style and substance with a cabin swathed in leather and graced with plenty of tech. The hard back sports seats retain excellent integrity and show no abnormal signs of wear with stitching and contour in fine condition. Switchgear can often fall foul of grubby fingers and sharp nails although buttons and dials read crisp and clean. The cabin here presents near perfectly with side sills, gearbox tunnel and carpets all appreciably fresh and unmarked. A huge amount of carbon fibre options sit proud in the interior to include the steering wheel, centre console, handbrake and gearshift lever, this complements the black leather stitched dashboard while the rest of the colour way is finished in a dark grey leather providing a sumptuous, smart and rather alluring interior.
Sport Chrono package plus present here offers more than a dial in the centre of the dash, it offers a more sensitive throttle map alongside altering PSM (Porsche Stability Management) via the Sport button to allow further exploration of the chassis as well as ability to allocate personal settings for up to three different ignition keys.
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
The flat 6 is unmistakable Porsche on start up, purposeful yet civilised. The engine performs admirably with a tight, tactile gearshift and the 6 speed tiptronic s gear box operates with ease, pulling through the gears with perfect German precision.
The elasticity of the powertrain is vast and the addition of sport chrono can alter personality considerably from motorway cruiser to B road monster.
WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
The hallmark 997 Turbo alloys have been sympathetically restored and look spectacular against the Carrara white coachwork. N rated Michelin Pilot Sport rubber graces all four corners with good tread all round.
Front and rear brake discs and pads present with plenty of material and the car stops as the factory intended, pulling this near 500hp monster up quickly and in a straight line.
Supplied on the 19/06/08 by Porsche centre Leeds this Turbo was specified with a high number of options including many interior carbon features.
Serviced exclusively by OPC Chiswick and as per Porsches recommended service schedules this Turbo is not due to visit the dealer again until July 2018.
Both keys and a full book pack with stamped service book remain present in the service history.
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