14 Facts About Porsche 996


Porsche 996 is the internal designation for the 911 model manufactured by the German automaker Porsche from 1997 until 2006.

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The Porsche 996 had little in common with its predecessor, with the first all new chassis platform since the original 911 and a new water-cooled engine.

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At its debut, the Porsche 996 featured the most significant change from the classic 911 series: a water-cooled engine replacing the previously air-cooled engine.

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Porsche 996 had realised that in order to keep the 911 in production, it would need radical changes.

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Porsche 996 was a new design developed by Pinky Lai under Porsche design chief Harm Lagaay from 1992 to 1994; it was the first 911 that was completely redesigned, and carried over little from its predecessor as Porsche wanted the design team to design a 911 for the next millennium.

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Porsche 996 was initially available in a coupe or a cabriolet bodystyle with rear-wheel drive, and later with four-wheel drive, utilising a 3.

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In 2000, Porsche introduced the 996 Turbo, equipped with a four-wheel-drive system and a 3.

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In 2005, Porsche 996 introduced the Turbo S, which had the X50 option included as standard equipment, with the formerly optional Carbon fibre-reinforced Silicon Carbide composite ceramic brakes included as standard.

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Porsche 996 Turbo debuted at the Frankfurt Auto show in September 1999 and went on sale in the US in summer of 2000 as a 2001 model.

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In 2005, Porsche 996 introduced the Turbo S model available as either a coupe or cabriolet.

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Porsche 996 platform was used as the basis for two lightweight GT variants called the GT2 and the GT3.

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II GT3 variant was based on the second generation of the Porsche 996, and featured updated aerodynamics, and a more powerful version of the 3.

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Sally, a blue Porsche 996 designed to closely resemble a 2002 Carrera, is built on a slightly shortened wheelbase; her windshield is tilted closer to vertical to accommodate the animated character's eyes.

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In 2007, a motorist's 2001 Porsche 996 911 was searched during a traffic stop by Hoover, Alabama police.

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