2001-2004 Porsche 996 3.6 liter (911) Carrera Specifications Specs

2001-2004 Porsche 996 3.6 liter (911) Carrera Specifications SpecsIn 2001 the Porsche 996 3.6 liter Carrera was released in hopes to address most of the criticisms of the previous generation. Obviously the biggest change came from the improved power plant, going from 3.4 to 3.6 liters. The increased engine capacity bumped the 996’s power to 320 horsepower and addressed many of the mechanical issues that accompanied the 3.4-liter engine. Another big change was with the 996’s styling. Porsche addressed the complaints about the front headlights by giving them a more distinguished 911 look. All in all, Porsche did a good job in addressing the flaws from the previous 996, but still this version of the Porsche 911 still has yet to appeal totally to the die hard enthusiast as reflected in resale values. If you appreciate the Porsche 996 then the 3.6-liter is one of the better choices due to its improved reliability and power.

2001-2004 Porsche 996 3.6 liter (911) Carrera Specifications Specs:

Engine Capacity: 3596cc
Compression ratio: 11.3:1
Maximum Power: 320hp @ 6800rpm
Maximum Torque: 273ft-lb @ 4250rpm
Brakes: Front: 318mm discs; rear: 299mm discs. Servo assisted with ABS
Suspension: Front: Lower wishbones and MacPherson struts with combined coil springs and dampers, plus anti-roll bar Rear: Multilink with combined coil springs and dampers, plus anti-roll bar
Wheels & Tires: Front: 17x7J with 205/50ZR17 tires. Rear: 17x9J with 255/40ZR17 tires (18-inch rims optional)
Length: 174″ inches
Width: 69″ inches
Weight: 2965 lbs coupe
0-60 mph: 4.9 seconds

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1999-2001 Porsche 996 3.4 liter (911) Carrera Specifications Specs

1999-2001 Porsche 996 3.4 liter (911) Carrera Specifications SpecsIn 1999 the Porsche 996 3.4 liter (911) Carrera was released with one major difference over all previous 911s, it was water-cooled. Porsche had pushed the limits on the air cooled legendary flat 6 engine for over 30 years, going from 130hp to over 300hp (over 400hp in the turbo models) and it was time to make some major changes so they could keep with the growing power and emissions needs of the times.

Porsche’s first go at the water-cooled power plant for the new 911 Carrera was with the 3.4 liter which produced 300hp. The design of the 996 was also a large step ahead of the previous 993; it was longer, smoother and more comfortable. To many enthusiasts though, they believed the new Porsche 911 had come too far too fast, especially with the new headlights, which steered away from the traditional 911 round lights with a more oval look. All in all, Porsche produced more 996s then any other 911 in the past, so even with its faults it was still quite successful. The 1999 to 2001 3.4 liter Porsche 996 is known to have some potential serious engine failure issues so it is important to do your homework.

1999-2001 Porsche 996 3.4 liter (911) Carrera Specifications Specs:

Engine Capacity: 3387cc
Compression ratio: 11.3:1
Maximum Power: 300hp @ 6800rpm
Maximum Torque: 258ft-lb @ 4600rpm
Brakes: Front: 318mm discs; rear: 299mm discs. Servo assisted with ABS
Suspension: Front: Lower wishbones and MacPherson struts with combined coil springs and dampers, plus anti-roll bar Rear: Multilink with combined coil springs and dampers, plus anti-roll bar
Wheels & Tires: Front: 17x7J with 205/50ZR17 tires. Rear: 17x9J with 255/40ZR17 tires (18-inch rims optional)
Length: 174″ inches
Width: 70″ inches
Weight: 2910 lbs coupe
0-60 mph: 4.9 seconds

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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)