The 996s were a complete redesign of the 911 philosophy and majored on being easier to live with, yet still keeping the 911’s head turning magic. The 996 Coupé is a practical, everyday supercar, but the Cabriolet is not to be missed if you like open air driving (but go for the 2002-on Cabs with the heated glass rear screen rather than the earlier, fragile plastic window). The Targa is an evolution of the classic drop head top of the early 911s and delivers a light and airy 996 experience.
The manual 6-speed gearbox is easy to use and has a relatively light clutch. The manual allows you to get the best from a winding country road as much as a motorway cruise. Tip offers a manual, clutch less shift mode or a fully automatic mode – great for urban driving.
All 996s come with power assisted steering and brakes, plus ABS. For extra safety, take a look at the Carrera 4 with its all-wheel drive and Porsche Stability Management (PSM). PSM offers a combination of traction control and differential braking for those situations where a wheel gets on the loose or slippery stuff.
The 911 has always been a 2+2 and pre-teenage children can be carried easily. Child seats fit in front or back, but the Cabriolet can really only accommodate young children.
The faster 996s are defined by the legendary ‘Mezger’ engine, which can trace its history back through Le Mans winners and all the 911’s remarkable 50-plus years in production. The Mezger engine has turned the faster 996s into modern collectibles, with the GTs and Turbos experiencing attractive value stability.
Jasmine PorschaLink UK are the UK’s leading Independent Porsche Specialist, with over 21 years of Porsche technical knowledge and experience we strive to offer Porsche 996 servicing and maintenance to an exceptionally high standard, using the very latest Porsche Specialist Diagnostic equipment and OEM parts.
We offer simple menu priced servicing at our purpose built facility in Lancashire. All work undertaken is carried out in line with the current Porsche guidelines, with only Genuine Porsche or OEM parts and Porsche approved oils used.