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The Porsche 996 was manufactured from 1997 to 2006. The Porsche 996 is the successor of the Porsche 993 and thus the fifth generation of the 911 series.

The 996 is the first model of the 911 series with a water-cooled engine. In 1997 Porsche finally gave up on this air-cooled engine concept, which had been used for more than fifty years.

The Porsche 996 was designed by Harm Lagaay. Body shape and interior differ significantly from the previous model 993.