Porsche 996 – The Most Unloved 911 Carrera and Turbo for sale

Porsche 996 Turbo 2002

2002 Porsche 996 Turbo with GT2 Wing

In 1998 Porsche released the 996 model, which was a monumental change in their legendary 911 Carrera and Turbo series, they switched from an air-cooled to a water-cooled engine. This change as well as its different design is probably why the Porsche 996 is regarded today as one of the most unloved generations for sale to date, as reflected in current resale values.

Porsche was compelled to switch from their legendary air-cooled flat 6-cylinder (horizontally opposed) engine to a water-cooled version due to more stringent noise restrictions (especially in Europe) and environmental concerns. Not only where government restrictions pressuring Porsche to make the change, but they also hit a horsepower ceiling in their air-cooled engine.

The all-new Porsche 911 design came from designer Harm Lagaay. The design pushed the new 911 towards a more aerodynamic look with a more slanted windshield. With the design veering from previous generations and the changing to the legendary power source this irked Porsche enthusiasts everywhere. Too much change in too short of time. The 996 Porsche impacted the enthusiast base so much that the next 911-generation released, the 997, reverted in styling to previous ones while keeping the necessary power plant change.

The new Porsche 996 was released in 1998 with a 3.4 liter water cooled flat 6-cylinder engine producing 296hp capable of pushing the new 911 0-60 in 5.1 seconds. Their first water cooled power plant is known to have some issues, so much so that in 2002 (available in 2001 in the 9114S) they changed it to a 3.6-liter which improved its reliability. The 3.6-liter Porsche flat 6 engine was what powered the Porsche 993, which to most enthusiasts’ represents one of the most desirable air-cooled Porsches ever built. Although this was a water-cooled version it improved the 996 appeal to the Porsche fan base and improved its power to 320hp and 0-60 to 4.9 seconds.

The Porsche 996 still struggles to win the hearts of enthusiasts today creating one of the bargain 911s available on the market today. Pricing on the early models with the 3.4 liter are definitely stained due to the known issues, while the 3.6 liter models hold a somewhat stronger price, compared to previous models, the 996 is a bargain.

In 2000 Porsche released there new all wheel drive Turbo edition of the 996, which boosted the power to 420hp, 0-60 to 4.2 seconds and was praised by the automotive press as a triumph of engineering. Even this new Porsche 911 Turbo today represent the cheapest generation available on the market.

So what can we take from this discussion? Will the Porsche 996 produced from 1998-2005 remain an outcast or eventually gain the admiration of enthusiasts. Till then this model represents a cheap way to experience the legendary Porsche 911 engineering.

Porsche 996 Specifications (Specs) and model information:

1999-2001 Porsche 996 3.4 liter (911) Carrera
1998-2001 Porsche 996 3.4 liter (911) Carrera 4
1999-2001 Porsche 996 GT3 (911) Carrera
2001-2004 Porsche 996 3.6 liter (911) Carrera
2001-2005 Porsche 996 (911) 4S or C4S Carrera
2001-2004 Porsche 996 (911) Carrera 4 3.6 liter
2003-2005 Porsche 996 (911) GT3 Carrera

Porsche 996 Turbo Specifications (Specs) and model information:

2000-2005 Porsche 911 Turbo (996) (996TT)
2001-2005 Porsche 911 GT2 (996)
2004-2006 Porsche 911 Turbo S (996) (996TT)

Porsche 911S Carrera– The Beginning 1966

1966 Porsche 911S CarreraThe 1966 Porsche 911S (S is for Super) Carrera was a car of firsts, not only for Porsche but also for production cars. The 911S was the first production car to have stock ventilated disk brakes and it was the first Porsche to have their easily identifiable Fuch wheels. For those younger Porsche enthusiast the Fuch wheel may not ring a bell, but for us older ones, it is what defined Porsche for decades.

The Porsche 911S upped the standard 130hp to a impressive 160hp. Although by todays standard this may seem insignificant, but for the mid 1960’s this was a premiere sports car. The new 911S was truly Super, as it was designated, with the over 20% power boost combined with its already unique handling characteristics (due to engine placement) started with many owners a love affair with the Porsche brand. The Porsche 911S, to many, set a benchmark to what was expected of all 911s going forward.

Today the 1966 911S is one of the most desirable models. The 2-liter flat (horizontally opposed) 6-cylinder engine installed in it is also one of the most desirable engines.

History tells us that this model was one of Porsche 911 Carrera’s first big home runs, which has attributed to creating one of the most vast and organized enthusiast bases.

1966 Porsche 911S Performance:
0-60: 7.9 seconds
Top Speed: 155mph

Porsche 911 Carrera – The Beginning

Porsche 911 Carrera - The BeginningIt is hard not to think of the Porsche 911 Carrera when considering the greatest sports cars of all time. For nearly 50 years the body style and fundamentals of the car have remained relatively unchanged. The Porsche 911 Carrera of today may be light years ahead of where it was in the beginning as far as technology and performance, but the shape, engine placement and handling characteristics are still the same. So here we will look at where it all began.

The first prototype of the Porsche 911 Carrera surfaced in 1963 and production officially did not begin until 1964. Porsche created the 911 to replace the 356. In the 1960’s the Porsche brand was not as popular or well known as it is today, largely due to the success for the 911. The styling of the new design was somewhat similar to the 356, but it was a more mature and appealing and what launched the Porsche brand name into the masses.

The first Porsche 911 Carrera had a 1991 cc flat (horizontally opposed) 6-cylinder engine that produced 130hp at impressive 6100rpm. Although these horsepower numbers may seem tame by today’s standard, this was a fast and powerful car of the time.

The handling characteristic of the first Porsche 911 Carrera and for many of the future ones required precise input from the driver. With the engine, for the most part, behind the rear wheels the car has a tendency to be tail happy. What makes this car so special is when you get the handling down; no other automobile gives you such a gratifying driving experience.

Porsche 911 Carrera Specifications:

Capacity: 1991cc
Compression ratio: 9.0:1
Horsepower: 130bhp @ 6100 rpm
Torque: 173 lbs @ 4200 rpm
Brakes: Front: 282mm discs; rear: 290mm discs
Suspension: MacPherson struts with telescopic dampers and 19mm torsion bar springs; trailing wishbones with telescopic dampers and transverse 23mm torsion bar
Wheels & Tires: Front: 15×4.5J with 165HR tires. Rear: 15×4.5J with 165HR tires
Length: 4163mm
Width: 1610mm
Weight: about 2400 lbs

The first Porsche 911 Carrera did for cars what the Beatles did for music, set a standard for others to follow.