• 2010 Porsche 996/997 "Metamorphosis" by Prior Design

If you own a Porsche 996, but you’re dreaming for a 997, Prior Design is offering up the very solution to your dilemma: the Metamorphosis package that will make your 996 look like a 997.

The aesthetic package includes a new front bumper with large air intake vents, a discreet spoiler lip, a completely new PD3 bumper which houses an integrated sports exhaust system exclusive to Prior Design, and a curved set of side skirts that make the silhouette appear lowered from the side.

Once Prior Design finished up their alterations on the exterior of the Porsche, they moved on to the chassis. The chassis of the Porsche can be lowered by 30mm which, in turn, lowers the center of gravity. This chassis lowering system is exclusive to Prior Design and improves the handling characteristics of the 911. As the finishing touch to the sports car, Prior Design also fitted segmented wheels of the Prior Design forge and, according to customer specifications, classy rims that can be manufactured in any size.

We can say we are surprised that the engine for this Stuttgart Stud has been completely ignored, but engine modification is not something we have come to expect from Prior Design. They didn’t boost the power of the Porsche 911 GT3 when they played up with its characteristics with their PD3 package either. They also didn’t increase power for the Mercedes E-Class, Ford Mustang, or Audi R8 that they’ve tuned up so far this year. We do love a good power boost, but if we were to pick a car that didn’t need the extra attention in that department, one of our picks would be the Porsche.

Press release after the jump.

Press release

Last year at the Essen Motor Show, the label Prior Design from Kamp-Lintfort attracted a lot of attention with the presentation of their interpretation of the Porsche GT3. The four-part styling kit, comprising front and rear bumpers, side skirts and a diffuser, conjures a dyed-in-the-wool GT3 out of any 911.

The newest Porsche-based creation from Prior Design takes a similar path, but is instead directed at the owners of the much-loved 996 model. Once again, the designers at Prior Design displayed remarkable flair and intuition in the design of the new styling components, which are integrated perfectly into the form of the ultra-sporty Porsche 911.

2010 Porsche 996/997 "Metamorphosis" by Prior Design Exterior
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The aim was to retain the 996 form, but to rejuvenate that form using modern 997 style elements. The pictures are impressive evidence of the success of the transformation. The front bumper, with its large air intake vents and additional, discreet spoiler lip, ensures sporty handling. The 911 rear end receives a completely new PD3 bumper, which houses an integrated sports exhaust system exclusive to Prior Design. Thanks to a curved set of side skirts, the silhouette appears lower from the side.

Once the aesthetic changes to the body had achieved a deceptively authentic transformation of the 996, it was impossible to omit a few technical modifications. The chassis was thus lowered by 30mm (again, a feature exclusive to Prior Design), which not only lowers the centre of gravity, but also improves the handling characteristics of the 911. In addition, the conversion is fitted with the segmented wheels of the Prior Design forge, a classy rim that can be manufactured in any size, according to customer requirements. 

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  (10) posted on 12.30.2010

This is the worst company I have ordered parts from. Wrong invoice! Release my purchases to authorized freight forwarder! Refuse to take my calls on 12/30/2010! There are many better companies to buy parts from! If you want to be frustrated and MAD, buy from this ty GERMAN company!

  (257) posted on 10.28.2010

I couldn’t even tell the difference between the 996 and 997 from the picture. They’re basically identical. I want a job at Porsche design, must be the easiest job ever.

  (612) posted on 10.5.2010

I love Porsche and I’ll bet that is a blast to drive but the hunchback just isn’t working for me. Nice wheels though.

  (743) posted on 09.15.2010

Hey, what a nice car and great features also. Very idealistic design.

  (221) posted on 09.13.2010

I love the improved tuned design of this car, specially the interior.

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