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December 9, 2022 / By Richard Lindhorst
Porsche 996 portrait

The Porsche 996 was Porsche’s first 911 with a watercooled six-cylinder boxer engine. It is also still the only 911 without classic round headlights. Despite considerable criticism from the traditionalists among Porsche fans, the 996 became a box-office hit. The 2+2-seater sports car was launched in 1997 and built until 2006. It was available as a Coupe, Targa and Cabriolet. With over 175,000 vehicles built, the Porsche 996 replaced the 944 as the best-selling Porsche sports car of all time.


Development

In the mid-1990s, Porsche decided on a new direction. In order to reduce the 911’s production costs, Wendelin Wiedeking and his board opted for assembly line production and a policy of shared parts between multiple models. The cost pressure was too big, the margins too small. And the fifth 911 generation had to be a hit. Otherwise, the company would have faced extinction. That’s why the development of the Porsche 996 is very closely linked to the Boxster 986. A key point of the 986’s development contract was that the body of the Boxster and the later 996 should be identical from the front until the B-pillar.

Porsche’s new 911 had nothing in common with its predecessor 993. The dimensions grew in all directions. The wheelbase was increased by 80 millimeters to 2,350 millimeters, the body grew by 18.5 centimeters in length and three centimeters in width. All sheet metal parts were redesigned. For better aerodynamics, Porsche now mounted the exterior mirrors in front of the side windows instead of on the doors. Incidentally, these were also identical to the Boxster. In total, the Porsche 996 was 50 kilograms lighter than its predecessor and its body rigidity had increased by 45-50%.

The 911 entered the new millennium with watercooling and without round headlights

Even the headlights were no longer round but had an S-shape. The decision to do this was also based on economic reasons. For faster final assembly and easier replacement, every necessary lighting function was to be integrated in a single headlight element. It wouldn’t have been possible to integrate parking lights, low beams, high beams, turn signals and fog lights in a round headlight.

After 34 years, the sports car manufacturer is implementing a comprehensive realignment of its icon with the new 911 and solving urgent tasks. The focus is on reducing production costs, which began with the predecessor, by ensuring the highest possible parts compatibility with other model series, such as the new Boxster, as well as updated safety and emissions regulations. With the Type 996, Porsche is finding its way into the future.

Porsche on the 996’s development history
Porsche 996 M96 Motor engine
The Porsche M96 engine was the first water-cooled engine in a 911. © Porsche

Its powertrain also underwent a caesura. The new M96 engine generation, initially with a displacement of 3.4 and later 3.6 liters, was no longer aircooled but watercooled. This resulted in a significant improvement in thermal management, which made it possible to use four-valve technology with two overhead camshafts per cylinder bank. With obvious advantages: higher reving engines, more power reserves, cleaner combustion, lower fuel consumption, lower noise emissions.

The Porsche 996 didn’t have it easy with everyone, but was a successful trendsetter

However, the Porsche 996 launch split the Porsche world in two. Talks had been precisely about the watercooling. While the press was unanimous in its praise of the Stuttgart car’s added qualities, owners of air-cooled 911s were up in arms about the break with tradition. But Porsche was right in the end with its reorientation of the 996. Generation Five of the Porsche 911 set trends, some of which still define the brand’s character a quarter of a century later. Six-cylinder boxer engines with watercooling have been the norm in the 911 since the launch of the Porsche 996, without exception. The merging five round instruments were set until the 991.2 was discontinued.

In the fifth-gen 911, Porsche’s engineers also managed to make the handling of the rear-wheel-drive sports car finally suitable for the mass market. Although it was a thorn in the side of purists, it opened up a larger buyer base. It has to be said, however, that the sweep in the headlights ultimately failed to catch on. With the exception of the first-gen Cayenne, no Porsche ever again received comparably shaped lights. Nevertheless, under the direction of Harm Lagaay, a 911 was created that is already considered a timeless classic today.

Interior-wise, the Porsche 996 was a revolution

In the interior, Porsche revised the usability concept from the ground up. The rejuvenated air conditioning controls were now completely self-explanatory. For the first time, Porsche Communication Management (PCM) was available with a large color screen in the center console. In addition to the cassette radio, it offered a separate CD drive, GPS navigation and even a GSM hands-free telephone. A glove compartment, on the other hand, was looked for in vain in the first-generation Porsche 996. Traction control with automatic brake differential and traction control were available at extra cost. Nevertheless, power windows and heated exterior mirrors were standard. The redesigned luggage compartment behind the rear seats offered 65 liters of storage space, and even 200 liters when the seats were folded down.


Porsche 996.1/996 Mk I (1997 – 2001)

At its launch in 1997 (model year 1998), the Porsche 996 was only available as a rear-wheel drive Carrera (often also called Carrera 2). There was a choice of Coupe and Cabriolet body styles. However, the first convertibles were not delivered until April 1998. There was no Porsche 911 Targa. The 3,387 cc M96 engine with 300 hp at 6,800 rpm and 350 Nm at 4,600 rpm was at work in the rear of all of them. Oil was supplied by an integrated dry sump lubrication system without an external oil tank. In the first model year, the M96 engines still had a mechanically operated throttle valve with a throttle-cable.

Power was transmitted as standard via a newly developed 6-speed cable shift. A likewise revised 5-speed Tiptronic S was available as an option. The front axle had a McPherson axle with longitudinal and transverse control arms. The rear axle was fitted with an adapted version of the LSA suspension (light, stable, agile) first used on the 993. This was a multi-link axle with a ride stool. There were 17-inch wheels in 7 / 9 inch widths as standard, or 18-inch wheels in 7.5 / 10 inch widths at extra cost. Brakes were black four-piston monobloc fixed calipers on perforated and ventilated discs.

For the 1999 model year, the fried-egg headlights were updated

After the first model year still featured drop-shaped front headlights with yellow turn signal lenses, Porsche decided on a facelift for MY 99. Yellow turn signals were no longer in keeping with the spirit of the times at the end of the millennium. From now on, Porsche therefore installed clear lenses, which somewhat nerfed the fried egg look of the first generation.

From MY 99, the Carrera 4 with permanent all-wheel drive also joined the lineup. Externally, it did not differ from its rear-wheel-drive sibling. Only a glance at the frunk reveals it: Due to the necessary front axle differential, it is 30 liters smaller than the Carrera 2. Between 5 and 40 percent of the drive power was transferred to the front wheels via a Visco clutch.

Another innovation presented by Porsche was an electronic throttle system. A potentiometer on the accelerator pedal transmits its position to a servomotor, which now controls the throttle valve instead of the aging cable system. This was necessitated by the introduction of Porsche Stability Management (PSM), which is available at extra cost. Porsche also offered a factory power upgrade to 320 hp and 350 Nm through the Exclusive department. However, this was only available until December 2000.

Model offensive for the millennium – Porsche 996 GT3 inherits Carrera RS

In May 1999, Porsche presented the 911 GT3, a new homologation model for racing. It was based on the body of the 996 Carrera 4 and designed as the spiritual successor to the 993 Carrera RS – with a 360-hp naturally aspirated engine and less weight. Called the M96/76, the engine was based on the crankcase of the 964 and Porsche 911 GT1. It achieved just under 8,000 rpm with titanium connecting rods, an eight-bearing crankshaft and dry sump lubrication with an external oil tank. Incidentally, the 996 GT3 was the first naturally aspirated 911 to top out at over 300 kph, namely 302 kph.

For the 2000 model year, Porsche expanded the 996 family with the special Millennium model based on the Carrera 4, limited to 911 units. In addition, automatic climate control was standard from then on. The biggest innovation for the new millennium, however, was the introduction of the new 911 Turbo. The first water-cooled Turbo received two turbochargers, independent bumpers, skirts and air intakes in the rear fender. It also anticipated the headlight shape of the facelift. For the first time, the 911 Turbo was optionally available with Tiptronic S. To keep the 420 hp appropriately in check, Porsche introduced high-temperature brakes in the form of the Porsche Ceramic Composite Brakes (PCCB), which were available at extra cost. Back in the day, this was space-grade material, but it has become a matter of course nowadays.

Another innovation introduced in the fall of 2000 was the Porsche 911 GT2. This was once again a sharpened Turbo model, but without all-wheel drive and with 462 instead of 420 hp. Unlike the Turbo, the GT2 had the PCCB on board as standard and was only available with a 6-speed manual transmission. As an option, the 996 GT2 was also available with a Clubsport package – including Nomex bucket seats, a roll bar, six-point seat belts and a fire extinguisher.


Porsche 996.2/996 Mk II (2002 – 2005)

The Porsche 996 Carrera received the Turbo’s headlights for the 2002 model year. This was Porsche’s response to criticism of the headlight design and set it apart from its platform brother, the Boxster. The interior of the 996 now also featured a glove box and the new PCM 2 16:9. The Carrera’s engine also received a modified crankshaft with a stroke of 82.8 mm. From the increased displacement of 3,596 cc, the Carrera now made 320 hp and 370 Nm. Porsche also implemented the VarioCam Plus system from the Turbo for a more bulbous torque curve. It allows the intake camshafts to be adjusted for improved power delivery.

Porsche also expanded its model range once again with the 996 Carrera 4S Coupé and the Targa. The 4S received the wide Turbo body with modified fenders and a continuous light band at the rear, as well as all-wheel drive and Turbo brakes. In contrast to the 4S, the 996 Targa was only available in the narrow body with rear-wheel drive. The standard equipment clearly positioned the 4S as the top model in the 996 Carrera range: Electrically adjustable seats with memory function and a CD radio with sound package were not included as standard on any other Carrera.

From model year 2003, the 996 was again available with the X51 power upgrade, and a year later also as a “Jubi”

Starting with the 2003 model year, Porsche again offered a performance upgrade for the 996.2 Carrera models. At 370 Nm, torque remained identical to the WLS (X51) on the 996.1, but peak power went up to 345 hp. The 996.2 GT3 also received a bit more power. From now on, it had 381 hp and 385 Nm of torque. The GT3’s brakes, which were enlarged anyway for the facelift, could now also be ordered in PCCB version. Another new part was the independent rear wing. But the Porsche 996 GT2 was also revised. The most powerful 911 now delivered 483 hp and 640 Nm of torque. Enough for 0-100 kph in four seconds and 319 kph top speed. As a further model, Porsche also presented the open-top 996 Carrera 4S Cabrio in 2003.

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For the following model year, Porsche offered three more new iterations of the company’s flagship, the 996 Turbo Cabrio, the 996 GT3 RS and the 911 Anniversary Model “40 Years of 911”. This was the first time since 1989 that there had been a series-produced 911 Turbo Cabrio. Which meant that the model range of the 911 was more diversified than ever before. The 996 Turbo Cabrio was available with 420 or 450 hp, but there was no sports suspension for it. With the roof closed, the Turbo Cabrio ran at 305 kph, and 290 kph with the roof open. The Porsche 996 GT3 RS was again designed as a homologation model, this time for the FIA N/GT category. It was also fitted with a fully adjustable chassis.

With the introduction of the Turbo S, the Porsche 996’s lineup was complete

For the 996’s last year of production, Porsche came up with yet another new model – the 911 Turbo S. It was available as a coupe and convertible exclusively with PCCB, including 350 mm brake discs at the front, and 18″ wheels painted in GT Silver. With 1,563 units (963 Cabriolets, 600 Coupés), the 996 Turbo S is one of the rarest 996 models alongside the GT2 and enjoys great popularity among collectors.

Specifications and production numbers of the Porsche 996

996.1 Carrera996.1 Carrera 4996.2 Carrera996.2 Targa996.2 Carrera 4996.2 Carrera 4S
model year:1998 - 20011999 - 20012002 - 20042002 - 20052002 - 20042002 - 2005
engine:6-cylinder boxer engine
M96/01
(WLS: M96/01S)
6-cylinder boxer engine
M96/02
(WLS: M96/02S)
6-cylinder boxer engine
M96/03
(WLS: M96/03S)
6-cylinder boxer engine
M96/03
(WLS: M96/03S)
6-cylinder boxer engine
M96/03
(WLS: M96/03S)
6-cylinder boxer engine
M96/03
(WLS: M96/03S)
capacity:3,387 cm³3,387 cm³3,596 cm³3,596 cm³3,596 cm³3,596 cm³
bore x stroke:96.0 × 78.0 mm96.0 × 78.0 mm96.0 × 82.8 mm96.0 × 82.8 mm96.0 × 82.8 mm96.0 × 82.8 mm
power:221 kW (300 hp)
at 6,800 rpm
mit WLS: 235 kW (320 hp)
221 kW (300 hp)
at 6,800 rpm
mit WLS: 235 kW (320 hp)
235 kW (320 hp)
at 6,800 rpm
mit WLS: 254 kW (345 hp)
235 kW (320 hp)
at 6,800 rpm
mit WLS: 254 kW (345 hp)
235 kW (320 hp)
at 6,800 rpm
mit WLS: 254 kW (345 hp)
235 kW (320 hp)
at 6,800 rpm
mit WLS: 254 kW (345 hp)
torque:350 Nm
at 4,600 rpm
350 Nm
at 4,600 rpm
370 Nm
at 4,250 rpm
370 Nm
at 4,250 rpm
370 Nm
at 4,250 rpm
370 Nm
at 4,250 rpm
compression ratio:11.3 : 111.3 : 111.3 : 111.3 : 111.3 : 111.3 : 1
valvetrain:dual overhead
camshafts (DOHC)
with VarioCam
dual overhead
camshafts (DOHC)
with VarioCam
dual overhead
camshafts (DOHC)
with VarioCam Plus
dual overhead
camshafts (DOHC)
with VarioCam Plus
dual overhead
camshafts (DOHC)
with VarioCam Plus
dual overhead
camshafts (DOHC)
with VarioCam Plus
fuel injection:manifold injection
Bosch DME Motronic 5.2
(from MY '00: 7.2)
manifold injection
Bosch DME Motronic 5.2
(from MY '00: 7.2)
manifold injection
Bosch DME Motronic 7.8
manifold injection
Bosch DME Motronic 7.8
manifold injection
Bosch DME Motronic 7.8
manifold injection
Bosch DME Motronic 7.8
ignition:contactless single ignitioncontactless single ignitioncontactless single ignitioncontactless single ignitioncontactless single ignitioncontactless single ignition
cooling:watercoolingwatercoolingwatercoolingwatercoolingwatercoolingwatercooling
gearbox:6-speed-manual gearbox
G96/00
or 5-speed-Tiptronic S
A96/00
6-speed-manual gearbox
G96/30
or 5-speed-Tiptronic S
A96/30
6-speed-manual gearbox
G96/01
or 5-speed-Tiptronic S
A96/10
6-speed-manual gearbox
G96/01
or 5-speed-Tiptronic S
A96/10
6-speed-manual gearbox G96/31
or 5-speed-Tiptronic S
A96/35
6-speed-manual gearbox G96/31
or 5-speed-Tiptronic S
A96/35
drive:rear-wheel-driveall-wheel-driverear-wheel-driverear-wheel-driveall-wheel-driveall-wheel-drive
brakes:ventilated, perforated,
brake discs
(318 mm front, 299mm rear),
4-piston fixed calipers
ventilated, perforated,
brake discs
(318 mm front, 299mm rear),
4-piston fixed calipers
ventilated, perforated,
brake discs
(318 mm front, 299mm rear),
4-piston fixed calipers
ventilated, perforated,
brake discs
(318 mm front, 299mm rear),
4-piston fixed calipers
ventilated, perforated,
brake discs
(318 mm front, 299mm rear),
4-piston fixed calipers
ventilated, perforated,
brake discs
(318 mm front, 299mm rear),
4-piston fixed calipers
front suspension:MacPherson-struts,
trailing arms and wishbones, anti-roll-bar
MacPherson-struts,
trailing arms and wishbones, anti-roll-bar
MacPherson-struts,
trailing arms and wishbones, anti-roll-bar
MacPherson-struts,
trailing arms and wishbones, anti-roll-bar
MacPherson-struts,
trailing arms and wishbones, anti-roll-bar
MacPherson-struts,
trailing arms and wishbones, anti-roll-bar
rear suspenion:Multi-Link rear axle
with LSA-system
(lightweight-stability-
agility), subframe
and anti-roll-bar
Multi-Link rear axle
with LSA-system
(lightweight-stability-
agility), subframe
and anti-roll-bar
Multi-Link rear axle
with LSA-system
(lightweight-stability-
agility), subframe
and anti-roll-bar
Multi-Link rear axle
with LSA-system
(lightweight-stability-
agility), subframe
and anti-roll-bar
Multi-Link rear axle
with LSA-system
(lightweight-stability-
agility), subframe
and anti-roll-bar
Multi-Link rear axle
with LSA-system
(lightweight-stability-
agility), subframe
and anti-roll-bar
front spring setup:struts with twin-tube
gas shocks
struts with twin-tube
gas shocks
struts with twin-tube
gas shocks
struts with twin-tube
gas shocks
struts with twin-tube
gas shocks
struts with twin-tube
gas shocks
rear spring setup:struts with single-tube
gas shocks
struts with single-tube
gas shocks
struts with single-tube
gas shocks
struts with single-tube
gas shocks
struts with single-tube
gas shocks
struts with single-tube
gas shocks
track width:1455/1500 mm
with 18": 1465/1480 mm
1455/1500 mm
with 18": 1465/1480 mm
1465/1500 mm
with 18": 1465/1480 mm
1465/1500 mm
with 18": 1465/1480 mm
1465/1500 mm
with 18": 1465/1480 mm
1472/1528 mm
wheelbase:2350 mm2350 mm2350 mm2350 mm2350 mm2350 mm
wheels:7 J x 17 / 9 J x 17 oder
7,5 J x 18 / 10 J x 18
7 J x 17 / 9 J x 17 oder
7,5 J x 18 / 10 J x 18
7 J x 17 / 9 J x 17 oder
8 J x 18 / 10 J x 18
7 J x 17 / 9 J x 17 oder
8 J x 18 / 10 J x 18
7 J x 17 / 9 J x 17 oder
8 J x 18 / 10 J x 18
8 J x 18 / 11 J x 18
tyres:205/50 / 255/40 ZR 17
225/40 / 265/35 ZR 18
205/50 / 255/40 ZR 17
225/40 / 265/35 ZR 18
205/50 / 255/40 ZR 17
225/40 / 285/30 ZR 18
205/50 / 255/40 ZR 17
225/40 / 285/30 ZR 18
205/50 / 255/40 ZR 17
225/40 / 285/30 ZR 18
225/40 / 295/30 ZR 18
dimensions l x w x h:4430 × 1765 × 1305 mm4430 × 1765 × 1305 mm4430 × 1770 × 1305 mm4430 × 1770 × 1305 mm4430 × 1770 × 1305 mm4435 × 1830 × 1295 mm
kurb weight:Coupé: 1,320 kg [1,365 kg]
Cabrio: 1,395 kg [1,440 kg]
Coupé: 1,375 kg [1,420 kg]
Cabrio: 1,450 kg [1,495 kg]
Coupé: 1,345 kg [1,400 kg]
from MY '03: 1,370 kg [1,425 kg]
Cabrio: 1,425 kg [1,480 kg]
from MY '03: 1,450 kg [1,505 kg]
1,415 kg [1,470 kg]
from MY '03: 1,450 kg [1,505 kg]
Coupé: 1,405 kg [1,460 kg]
from MY '03: 1,430 kg [1,485 kg]
Cabrio: 1,485 kg [1,540 kg]
from MY '03: 1,510 kg [1,565 kg]
Coupé: 1,470 kg [1,525 kg]
from MY '03: 1,495 kg [1,550 kg]
Cabrio: 1,565 kg [1,620 kg]
top speed:280 kph [275 kph]
WLS: 285 kph
280 kph [275 kph]
WLS: 285 kph
285 kph [280 kph]
WLS: 290 kph
285 kph [280 kph]
WLS: 290 kph
285 kph [280 kph]
WLS: 290 kph
280 kph [275 kph]
accleration 0 - 62 mph:Coupé: 5.1 s [5.6 s]
Cabrio: 5.3 s [5.9 s]
Coupé: 5.1 s [5.6 s]
Cabrio: 5.3 s [5.9 s]
Coupé: 5.1 s [5.6 s]
Cabrio: 5.3 s [5.9 s]
5.2 s [5.7 s]Coupé: 5.1 s [5.6 s]
Cabrio: 5.3 s [5.9 s]
Coupé: 5.1 s [5.6 s]
Cabrio: 5.3 s [5.9 s]
production numbers:Coupé: 31,135
Cabrio: 23,598
Coupé: 12,643
Cabrio: 9,411
Coupé: 16,521
Cabrio: 9,249
5,142Coupé: 3,231
Cabrio: 7,155
Coupé: 17,298
Cabrio: 5,757


996 Turbo996 Turbo S996.1 GT3996.2 GT3996.2 GT3 RS996 GT2
model year:2000 - 20052004 - 20051999 - 20012003 - 200420042001-2005
engine:6-cylinder boxer engine
M96/70
(WLS: M96/70E)
6-cylinder boxer engine
M96/70E
6-cylinder boxer engine
M96/76
6-cylinder boxer engine
M96/79
6-cylinder boxer engine
M96/79
6-cylinder boxer engine
M96/70S
from MY '03: M96/70SL
capacity:3,600 cm³3,600 cm³3,600 cm³3,600 cm³3,600 cm³3,600 cm³
bore x stroke:100.0 × 76.4 mm100.0 × 76.4 mm100.0 × 76.4 mm100.0 × 76.4 mm100.0 × 76.4 mm100.0 × 76.4 mm
power:309 kW (420 hp)
at 6,000 rpm
with WLS: 331 kW (450 hp)
at 5,700 rpm
331 kW (450 hp)
at 5,700 rpm
265 kW (360 hp)
at 7,200 rpm
280 kW (381 hp)
at 7,400 rpm
280 kW (381 hp)
at 7,400 rpm
340 kW (462 hp)
at 5,700 rpm
from MY '03: 355 kW (483 hp)
torque:560 Nm
at 2.700 - 4.600 rpm
with WLS: 620 Nm at
3.500 - 4.500 rpm
620 Nm at
3.500 - 4.500 rpm
370 Nm
at 5.000 rpm
385 Nm
at 5.000 rpm
385 Nm
at 5.000 rpm
620 Nm at
3.500 - 4.500 rpm
from MY '03: 640 Nm
compression ratio:9.4 : 19.4 : 112.5 : 112.5 : 112.5 : 111.0 : 1
valvetrain:dual overhead
camshafts (DOHC)
with VarioCam Plus
dual overhead
camshafts (DOHC)
with VarioCam Plus
dual overhead
camshafts (DOHC)
with VarioCam
dual overhead
camshafts (DOHC)
with VarioCam
dual overhead
camshafts (DOHC)
with VarioCam
dual overhead
camshafts (DOHC)
with VarioCam Plus
fuel injection:manifold injection
Bosch DME Motronic 7.8
manifold injection
Bosch DME Motronic 7.8
manifold injection
Bosch DME Motronic 5.2.2
manifold injection
Bosch DME Motronic 7.8
manifold injection
Bosch DME Motronic 7.8
manifold injection
Bosch DME Motronic 7.8
ignition:contactless single ignitioncontactless single ignitioncontactless single ignitioncontactless single ignitioncontactless single ignitioncontactless single ignition
cooling:watercoolingwatercoolingwatercoolingwatercoolingwatercoolingwatercooling
gearbox:6-speed manual gearbox
G96/50
or 5-speed Tiptronic S
A96/50
6-speed manual gearbox
G96/50
or 5-speed Tiptronic S
A96/50
6-speed manual gearbox
G96/90
6-speed manual gearbox
G96/96
6-speed manual gearbox
G96/96
6-speed manual gearbox G96/88
drive:all wheel driveall wheel driverearrearrearrear
brakes:ventilated, perforated
Brake discs
(330 mm front and rear),
4-piston fixed calipers
optional PCCB
(350 mm front and rear)
6-piston fixed calipers front
4-piston fixed calipers rear
PCCB
(350 mm front and rear)
6-piston fixed calipers front
4-piston fixed calipers rear
ventilated, perforated
brake discs
(318 mm front, 299mm rear),
4-piston fixed calipers
ventilated, perforated
brake discs
(350 mm front / 330mm rear),
4-piston fixed calipers
optional PCCB
(350 mm front and rear)
6-piston fixed calipers front
4-piston fixed calipers rear
ventilated, perforated
brake discs
(350 mm front / 330mm rear),
4-piston fixed calipers
optional PCCB
(350 mm front and rear)
6-piston fixed calipers front
4-piston fixed calipers rear
PCCB
(350 mm front and rear)
6-piston fixed calipers front
4-piston fixed calipers rear
front suspension:MacPherson-struts,
trailing arms and wishbones, anti-roll-bar
MacPherson-struts,
trailing arms and wishbones, anti-roll-bar
MacPherson-struts,
trailing arms and wishbones, anti-roll-bar
MacPherson-struts,
trailing arms and wishbones, anti-roll-bar
MacPherson-struts,
trailing arms and wishbones, anti-roll-bar
MacPherson-struts,
trailing arms and wishbones, anti-roll-bar
rear suspenion:Multi-Link rear axle
with LSA-system
(lightweight-stability-
agility), subframe
and anti-roll-bar
Multi-Link rear axle
with LSA-system
(lightweight-stability-
agility), subframe
and anti-roll-bar
Multi-Link rear axle
with LSA-system
(lightweight-stability-
agility), subframe
and anti-roll-bar
Multi-Link rear axle
with LSA-system
(lightweight-stability-
agility), subframe
and anti-roll-bar
Multi-Link rear axle
with LSA-system
(lightweight-stability-
agility), subframe
and anti-roll-bar
Multi-Link rear axle
with LSA-system
(lightweight-stability-
agility), subframe
and anti-roll-bar
front spring setup:struts with twin-tube
gas shocks
struts with twin-tube
gas shocks
struts with twin-tube
gas shocks
struts with twin-tube
gas shocks
struts with twin-tube
gas shocks
struts with twin-tube
gas shocks
rear spring setup:struts with single-tube
gas shocks
struts with single-tube
gas shocks
struts with single-tube
gas shocks
struts with single-tube
gas shocks
struts with single-tube
gas shocks
struts with single-tube
gas shocks
track width:1465/1522 mm
from MY '03: 1472/1528 mm
1472/1528 mm1475/1495 mm1485/1495 mm
1485/1495 mm
1495/1520 mm
wheelbase:2350 mm2350 mm2350 mm2350 mm2350 mm2350 mm
wheels:8 J x 18 / 11 J x 188 J x 18 / 11 J x 188 J x 18 / 10 J x 188.5 J x 18 / 11 J x 188.5 J x 18 / 11 J x 188.5 J x 18 / 12 J x 18
tyres:225/40 / 295/30 ZR 18225/40 / 295/30 ZR 18225/40 / 285/30 ZR 18235/40 / 295/30 ZR 18235/40 / 295/30 ZR 18235/40 / 315/30 ZR 18
dimensions l x w x h:4435 × 1830 × 1295 mm4435 × 1830 × 1295 mm4430 × 1765 × 1270 mm4435 × 1770 × 1275 mm4435 × 1770 × 1275 mm4450 × 1830 × 1275 mm
kurb weight:Coupé: 1,540 kg [1,585 kg]
from MY '04: 1,590 kg [1,630 kg]
Cabrio: 1,660 kg [1,700 kg]
Coupé: 1,590 kg [1,630 kg]
Cabrio: 1,660 kg [1,700 kg]
1,350 kg1,380 kg1,360 kg1,440 kg
from MY '03: 1,420 kg
top speed:305 kph [298 kph]
WLS: 307 kph [300 kph]
307 kph [300 kph]302 kph306 kph306 kph315 kph
from MY '03: 319 kph
accleration 0 - 62 mph:Coupé: 4.2 s [4.9 s]
from MY '04: 4.2 s [4.8 s]
with WLS: 4.2 s [4.5 s]
Cabrio: 4.3 s [4.9 s]
with WLS: 4.3 s [4.6 s]
Coupé: 4.2 s [4.5 s]
Cabrio: 4.3 s [4.6 s]
4.8 s4.5 s4.4 s4.1 s
from MY '03: 4.0
production numbers:Coupé: 22,062
Cabrio: 3,634
Coupé: 600
Cabrio: 963
1,8682,589682until MY '02: 963
from MY '03: 324

Porsche 996.2 996 Mk II GT3 Phantombild
Porsche 996.2 GT3 © Porsche

Porsche 996 in motorsport

Even before the Porsche 996 GT3 was presented as a road car, it made its debut on the race track. While the Porsche Super Cup already relied on the first GT3 for the entire 1998 season, the Carrera Cup Deutschland still started on 993s and only switched to the newer model later in the season.

In 1999, Porsche sent a 996 to the 24-hour race at Le Mans for the first time in the form of the 911 GT3 R. It was an instant success, as the Manthey and Champion teams scored a one-two in class at the very first attempt. A year later, Porsche 911 GT3 R cars took all class victories in the FIA GT World Championship. In addition, Porsche 996s took 19 class victories in 30 rounds of the American Le Mans Series between 1999 and 2001. The further developed cars later bore the names Porsche 911 GT3 RS and RSR.

In 2003, Porsche 911 GT3 RS also achieved two still unrivaled successes. In February, a 996 driven by Jörg Bergmeister, Timo Bernhard, Kevin Buckler and Michael Schrom won the 24 Hours of Daytona ahead of the superior prototypes. It was the last time that a production-based GT car was able to take an overall victory at Daytona. In addition, the Freisinger Porsche team, with the participation of Norbert Singer, took the overall victory in the 24-hour race at Spa. It was the only overall victory ever for an N-GT category car in the FIA GT World Championship.

On the factory side, the Porsche 996’s racing campaign with the GT3 RSR ended in 2005 after a total of seven class victories at Le Mans, one overall victory and five class wins at Spa, one overall victory and two class wins at Daytona.


Trivia

Porsche’s first water-cooled 911 was used in a number of films. A scene from “Gone in 60 seconds,” for example, became world-famous. In the action film with Nicolas Cage, presented in 2000, a Porsche 996.1 Carrera drove through a shop window.

However, the Porsche 996 probably made its best-known film appearance in 2006 in the animated film “Cars”. There, a 996.2 Carrera played the female lead named “Sally Carrera,” a California lawyer with a sense of style and elegance.

Porsche 992 Sally Edition & Porsche 996.2 Carrera Sally from Pixar Movie Cars
The Porsche 992 Sally Special next to its model from the Pixar film “Cars”. Sally generated proceeds of $3.6 million at a Sotheby’s auction in August 2022.© RM Sotheby’s

In 2022, Porsche took the film character as a model and built a genuine one-off in the form of the Porsche 911 Sally Special. The Sally Blue Metallic painted Porsche 992 on a Carrera GTS basis generated a great deal of media coverage and was auctioned off at RM Sotheby’s for a good cause. At their Monterrey auction in August 2022, Sally fetched $3.6 million.

© title image: Porsche AG

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