Here's why the Porsche 996 was the best Porsche 911 when it came out - gallery

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  • Here's why the Porsche 996 was the best Porsche 911 when it came out - gallery
  • Here's why the Porsche 996 was the best Porsche 911 when it came out - gallery
    The 996 dared to be a different 911
    And here's why that's a good thing
  • Here's why the Porsche 996 was the best Porsche 911 when it came out - gallery
    This was the first all-new 911
    All previous 911s used virtually the same platform from the 1960s
  • Here's why the Porsche 996 was the best Porsche 911 when it came out - gallery
    The newly-developed platform was superior
    Which resulted in the 996 having, by far, the best handling of any 911
  • Here's why the Porsche 996 was the best Porsche 911 when it came out - gallery
    The 996 was also more modern-looking
    And it got some hate because of that
  • Here's why the Porsche 996 was the best Porsche 911 when it came out - gallery
    Earlier 996 cars had the hated "Fried egg" headlights
  • Here's why the Porsche 996 was the best Porsche 911 when it came out - gallery
    For 2002, the 996 adopted the Turbo headlights
  • Here's why the Porsche 996 was the best Porsche 911 when it came out - gallery
    The interior was also completely redesigned
    While previous 911s shared similar interior design
  • Here's why the Porsche 996 was the best Porsche 911 when it came out - gallery
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    Some pre-facelift 996 cars were not as well put together. The facelift improved upon that
  • Here's why the Porsche 996 was the best Porsche 911 when it came out - gallery
    The interior featured some cheap plastics, but was still better than many others of the period
  • Here's why the Porsche 996 was the best Porsche 911 when it came out - gallery
    The 996 introduced an important aspect - Water cooling
  • Here's why the Porsche 996 was the best Porsche 911 when it came out - gallery
    This opened the gateway to more efficient powertrains
    More power from a smaller displacement
  • Here's why the Porsche 996 was the best Porsche 911 when it came out - gallery
    To put things in perspective...
    993 Carrera: 3.6-liters, 272 horsepower / 996 Carrera: 3.4-liters, 296 horsepower
  • Here's why the Porsche 996 was the best Porsche 911 when it came out - gallery
    The 996 is also the first water-cooled 911 Turbo
    Its 3.6-liter flat-six produces from 414 to 444 horsepower
  • Here's why the Porsche 996 was the best Porsche 911 when it came out - gallery
    While the most powerful GT2 version produced
    476 horsepower and could reach 60 mph in 3.6 seconds
  • Here's why the Porsche 996 was the best Porsche 911 when it came out - gallery
    The most affordable 911...for now
    $20,000-$30,000 will get you a good 996 Carrera/4/4S. The Turbo costs around double
  • Here's why the Porsche 996 was the best Porsche 911 when it came out - gallery
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  • Here's why the Porsche 996 was the best Porsche 911 when it came out - gallery
  • Here's why the Porsche 996 was the best Porsche 911 when it came out - gallery
  • Here's why the Porsche 996 was the best Porsche 911 when it came out - gallery
  • Here's why the Porsche 996 was the best Porsche 911 when it came out - gallery
  • Here's why the Porsche 996 was the best Porsche 911 when it came out - gallery
  • Here's why the Porsche 996 was the best Porsche 911 when it came out - gallery
  • Here's why the Porsche 996 was the best Porsche 911 when it came out - gallery
  • Here's why the Porsche 996 was the best Porsche 911 when it came out - gallery
  • Here's why the Porsche 996 was the best Porsche 911 when it came out - gallery
  • Here's why the Porsche 996 was the best Porsche 911 when it came out - gallery
  • Here's why the Porsche 996 was the best Porsche 911 when it came out - gallery
  • Here's why the Porsche 996 was the best Porsche 911 when it came out - gallery
  • Here's why the Porsche 996 was the best Porsche 911 when it came out - gallery
  • Here's why the Porsche 996 was the best Porsche 911 when it came out - gallery
  • Here's why the Porsche 996 was the best Porsche 911 when it came out - gallery
  • Here's why the Porsche 996 was the best Porsche 911 when it came out - gallery
  • Here's why the Porsche 996 was the best Porsche 911 when it came out - gallery
  • Here's why the Porsche 996 was the best Porsche 911 when it came out - gallery
  • Here's why the Porsche 996 was the best Porsche 911 when it came out - gallery
  • Here's why the Porsche 996 was the best Porsche 911 when it came out - gallery
  • Here's why the Porsche 996 was the best Porsche 911 when it came out - gallery
  • Here's why the Porsche 996 was the best Porsche 911 when it came out - gallery
  • Here's why the Porsche 996 was the best Porsche 911 when it came out - gallery
  • Here's why the Porsche 996 was the best Porsche 911 when it came out - gallery
  • Here's why the Porsche 996 was the best Porsche 911 when it came out - gallery
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