In 1998, Porsche released the 996 version, which was basically a monumental change in the mythical 911 Carrera brand, they turned from an air-cooled to a water cooled engine. This transformation, as well as its various style is probably the reason why the Porsche 996 is viewed nowadays as one of the most unloved generations up to now, as reflected in present resale values.
Porsche was forced to change from the popular air-cooled flat 6-cylinder engine to a water cooled version as a result of more strict noise limitations (specifically in European countries) and ecological issues. Not only were government restrictions pressuring Porsche to make the modification, they also hit a hp ceiling within their air-cooled car engine.
The all-new Porsche 911 design came from designer Harm Lagaay. The look pushed the modern 911 in the direction of a more aerodynamic look with a more slanted windshield. With the style veering from previous generations and the switching to the renowned power source this annoyed Porsche fans everywhere. Excessive change in way too short of the time. The 996 Porsche impacted the enthusiast base so much that the next 911-generation introduced the 997, reverted in design to past ones while keeping the essential power plant modification.
The modern Porsche 996 was introduced in 1998 with a 3.4 liter water-cooled flat 6-cylinder motor unit generating 296hp efficient at pushing the new 911 0-60 in 5.1 seconds. porsche 997 turbo tuning The initial water cooled power plant has several difficulties, so much so that in 2002 (available in 2001 in the 9114S) they transformed it to a 3.6-liter which enhanced its reliability. The 3.6-liter Porsche flat 6 engine was what operated the Porsche 993, which to most enthusiasts' represents probably the most appealing air-cooled Porsches ever designed. Although this would be a water-cooled version it increased the 996 attractiveness to the Porsche fan base and enhanced its potential to 320hp and 0-60 to 4.9 seconds.
The Porsche 996 nevertheless battles to win the love of enthusiasts nowadays creating one of the discount 911s available for sale currently. Pricing on the early designs with the 3.4 liter are definitely stained as a result of recognized difficulties, while the 3.6 liter versions keep a somewhat stronger value, in comparison with prior types, the 996 is actually a good deal.
In 2000 Porsche revealed the brand new all wheel drive Turbo edition of the 996, that raised the power to 420hp, 0-60 to 4.2 seconds and was in fact acclaimed by the automotive press as being a success of technology. Even the brand-new Porsche 911 Turbo nowadays represent the least expensive technology available.