The first all new chassis platform since the original 911 and a new water-cooled engine
Porsche 996 Model Guides
Manufactured between 1997 and 2005, the 996 split opinion among Porsche purists as it was the first 911 to feature a water-cooled engine. However, it proved a hit with the wider motoring public and worldwide sales figures of over 175,000 made it one of the company’s most popular cars ever. Those sales were split across a cadre of regular model variants that we were used to seeing as well as some ones. The M96 3.4 liters was found in the base Carrera coupe and cabriolet, making 296 horsepower and 258 ft lbs of torque. The Carrera 4 coupe and cabriolet models came next, also powered by the same engine. These models were joined by the hardcore GT2 and the ultra-quick Turbo for the 2001 model year, both equipped with a 3.6-litre, twin-turbocharged and intercooled flat-six engine. All 996s got a major refresh in 2002, along with a bigger engine and the new Targa and Carrera 4S models newly introduced, as well as a visual update. The base engine, now displacing 3.6 liters, was rated at 320 horsepower and 273 ft lbs of torque. The Targa model got a sliding glass "green house" roof system (like it had in the 993) and also featured a rear glass hatch which gave the driver access to the storage compartment. The Carrera 4S was the pick of the standard models, sharing the wide-body look of the Turbo as well as the brakes and suspension. The GT3 was based on the standard 996 Carrera, but was stripped of a great deal of equipment for weight savings, featuring stiffer, adjustable suspension and upgraded brakes. The GT3 was produced in two versions, the first (996.1) was introduced in 1999 and featured a naturally aspirated 3.6-litre flat-six engine generating a maximum power output of 355 hp. The 996.2 GT3 arrived for the 2004 model year, based on the second generation of the 996, and featured updated aerodynamics, and a more powerful version of the 3.6 L engine from the MK.I, now rated at 375 hp. The Mk.II was the first GT3 marketed in the North America.
Porsche 996 Special Models
For the road we also saw some very special 996 variants. Porsche offered a special edition of the 996 for the year 2000, named the 911 Millennium edition, it was based on the Carrera 4 coupé and had a cool Violet Chromaflair paint and turbo-polished wheels. The "40th Anniversary Edition" was built to celebrate the 911's 40-year history in 2003. It got the 996 Turbo's front-end, and was available only in GT Silver metallic paint and came with the X51 power kit. The GT2 was the turbocharged counterpart to the GT3. It had rear-wheel drive, and a re-tuned version of the 996 Turbo's 3.6 litre, twin-turbocharged engine featuring larger turbochargers and intercoolers. The result was 477 hp and 0 - 60 mph in just on 4 seconds. In 2005, Porsche introduced the Turbo S model available as either a coupé or cabriolet. The Turbo S was essentially a 996 Turbo with the X50 option but also included PCCB, 6-disc CD changer and aluminum-faced instruments. The final special edition worth mentioning it the 996 GT3 RS, a sharpened version of the Mk.2 GT3, built for track use and it was the homologation model for the GT3 race-car. It was the forbidden fruit for the U.S. and Canadian customers.
Porsche 996 Motorsport Racing Models
Not surprisingly, Porsche went racing with the 911 996 and the core car saw quite a few racing versions. The Cup car started racing in 1998 and was updated over the seasons, increasingly getting better aero and more power every year. The 996 GT3 R was an interesting one-year racer, dominating every race it entered. In 2001, the modified version, now called the 996 GT3 RS raced.
Porsche 911 Type 996 Specs & Performance Summary
Porsche 911 Type 996 (1998-2005) Technical Specs
Forget the summary, here is every fifth generation Porsche 911 (Type 996) broken out by model year and variant and the technical specifications for each one. Car data nerds, let us unite.
Porsche 911 (996) Pictures, Galleries & Videos
The Porsche 911 (Type 996) was a different car than the 993 which is replaced. The water-cooled engine, the new look and feel and a totally new chassis. We found some great original 996 review videos and older coverage that gives you a better impression of what people thought about the 996 when it was first released.
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