The Early 996.1’s Specialty: When placing a 996 adjacent to the 911s preceding it, you’ll see just how petite it is in comparison to its successors, weighing in at approximately 2,901 lbs. in coupe, manual, and RWD guise! Though the 911s debuting after the 996 offers increased levels of superlative performance capabilities and handling dynamics, they have also grown in size and weight while also being more luxury-oriented and less analog (the 1999 model year). With the 996, you are reverted back to a time of pure driving simplicity, where electronic driving aids are at a minimum, a cabin that offers great visibility and an ideal seating position, a connection to the road that is genuinely felt, stemming from a car whose soul is alive and well even when not being driven! Its super svelte exterior boasts front and rear lighting assemblies that are 911 GT1 Evo reminiscent and the mechanical feedback as offered by the 996 is instantaneously channeled throughout the cabin, just as is its raw and rewarding flat-6 soundtrack that will be constantly on repeat as the upper rev range is visited!
Featured equipment/factory-ordered options (Original MSRP of $75,518): 3-Spoke Leather Steering Wheel; “Porsche” Embroidered Front Floor Mats; Wheel Caps W/Colored Porsche Crest; Hi-Fi Sound Package w/ Speakers; Am/Fm Stereo Radio W/Compact Disc; Aerokit; Sport Design Package; Glacier White Exterior; Boxster Red Special Leather.
Upon viewing the exterior of this beguiling Carrera, your presence is welcomed by its sensually slippery surfacing draped in a Glacier White finish; the distinguishing and aerodynamic heightening front bumper; a streamlined gas lid that’s understatedly integrated into the right fender; unique side skirts; 18-inch Sport Design wheels; the Aerokit’s signature “Taco” spoiler; engine lid located ‘Carrera’ script in black; dual exhaust outlets with polished tips.
Just before slipping inside of its arresting Boxster Red Special Leather adorned cabin, you’re first met by black door sills bearing ‘Carrera’ insignia and when inside, one of the first things that’ll catch your attention are the sumptuous leather upholstered Sport seats featuring perforated surfacing on select areas and brushed metallic-look rear shells, followed by the soft leather continuing onto the dashboard, door regions and rear cabin wall areas and you can expect to find light-colored twin-stitching, brushed aluminum/metallic-coated surfacing on select areas, carpeting completed in a Terracotta adjacent hue and a sunroof. The driver is faced with a 3-spoke steering wheel; a leather covered instrumentation hood with black instrumentation situated behind orange needles; the delectable manual transmission’s precise and direct shifting, 6-speed shifter. Front occupants are embraced by seats offering multi-power adjustments and can expect in-cabin audio playback via the Hi-Fi Audio System featuring 10-speakers.