Porsche 996 Turbo
- Mileage: 55,468
- Year: 2003
- MOT Expiry: November 2019
- Exterior Colour: Basalt Black Metallic
- Interior Colour: Black Leather
- Top speed: 185
- 0-60mph: 4.9
- BHP: 414
- Transmission: 5-Speed Tiptronic S
- Engine Capacity: 3600cc
- Engine Configuration: Turbocharged Flat 6
1998 saw Porsche debut its new Carrera model, the 996. It featured the most significant changes to the model since its introduction in 1963. The most significant change to the 996 was the decision to utilise a water-cooled engine, rather than an air-cooled engine, for the first time.
The 996 was a completely new design for Porsche, led by Mr Harm Lagaay. It was also the first 911 that used all new bodywork and did not carry over any significant component from the previous model. Another significant change was the new headlight design, which can be traced back to the Porsche Pan-America concept car. Other changes included a sleeker body design with a more steeply raked windshield and a completely re-designed interior space, aimed at the luxury market.
In 2000, Porsche debuted the 996 Turbo, equipped with a four-wheel-drive system and a 3.6-litre, twin turbo-charged, flat-six engine that now produced 414hp, propelling the car from 0 to 60 mph in 4.2 seconds. The engine used in the 996 Turbo was a derivative of the Metzger engine found in the Le Mans winning GT1 race car, it also has none of the supposed weaknesses associated with the standard 996 Carrera engine. Since its release in 2000 the 996 Turbo has been a huge success, famed for its reliability, usability and its staggering performance.
UK specification (C16), Tiptronic S transmission (249), Heated front seats (342), Steering wheel with Tiptronic S paddles (432), Cruise control (454), Park assist system (635), Sunroof (650), PCM2 (665), PCM2 telephone handset (668), PCM2 Navigation (670), Remote 6-disc CD changer (692), 18-inch hollow spoke light alloy wheels, Bose sound system, Lockable glove compartment, Folding rear seats, Tailored overmats.
The Turbo presents beautifully in Basalt Black Metallic. A gleaming finish is retained throughout, the paintwork still notably sharp on close inspection. Glancing along the car’s sleek profile there are no unsightly dents or major scratches to be found. Understandably a handful of discreet stone chips are visible low down on the front bumper but otherwise this example is remarkably clean all round.
The heated and electrically adjustable front seats are upholstered in soft black leather, a perfect complement to the exterior paintwork. Looking closely there is only the lightest of wear to report on the driver’s bolster, the rest of the cabin is still pleasingly fresh. Everything works just as it should and remains feeling solid to operate. The car also boasts PCM2 satellite navigation with the factory PCM2 telephone handset still fitted to the centre console.
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
The turbocharged 3.6-litre flat-six starts first turn of the key and idles up to temperature without complaint. Although not much is visible beneath the rear lid the engine bay remains in fantastic order. All components appear fresh with no signs of wear to be found. The low mileage of 55k is verified by an excellent maintenance record, which is detailed below. The car was most recently serviced at 55,322 miles in October 2018 at a cost of £1,200. The Tiptronic S gearbox performs without fault.
WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
The 911 sits on its original 18-inch hollow spoke Turbo alloys. Each remains in pristine condition aside from the lightest of marking to the offside rear wheel on very close inspection. The alloys are shod in a matching set of Bridgestone Potenza tyres all with at least 6mm of tread remaining. On test the brakes feel strong, and between the spokes the red Porsche calipers look great with no lacquer peel to report.
This handsome 996 Turbo was first registered in January 2004. The history file is complete with the original Porsche document pack, a raft of invoices and plenty of MOT certificates to further verify the mileage. The car is accompanied by a complete service history with the first 8 services having been carried out at Porsche main dealers; the remaining 2 were at renowned marque specialist Jaz Porsche. The MOT does is valid until November 2019.
01/02/2005 at 7,678 miles – Porsche
01/02/2006 at 13,631 miles – Porsche
23/04/2007 at 18,891 miles – Porsche
28/03/2008 at 23,021 miles – Porsche
06/04/2010 at 27,662 miles – Porsche
29/09/2012 at 37,381 miles – Porsche
30/11/2013 at 43,108 miles – Porsche
07/11/2014 at 48,828 miles – Porsche
09/08/2016 at 52,275 miles – Jaz Porsche
11/10/2018 at 55,322 miles – Jaz Porsche
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