Here’s Why the Porsche 996 was the Best Porsche 911 When it Came Out

The Porsche 996 gets a lot of hate, but there are a lot of good things about it

The 996 dared to be a different 911

And here's why that's a good thing

This was the first all-new 911

All previous 911s used virtually the same platform from the 1960s

The newly-developed platform was superior

Which resulted in the 996 having, by far, the best handling of any 911

The 996 was also more modern-looking

And it got some hate because of that

Earlier 996 cars had the hated "Fried egg" headlights

For 2002, the 996 adopted the Turbo headlights

The interior was also completely redesigned

While previous 911s shared similar interior design


Some pre-facelift 996 cars were not as well put together. The facelift improved upon that

The interior featured some cheap plastics, but was still better than many others of the period

The 996 introduced an important aspect - Water cooling

This opened the gateway to more efficient powertrains

More power from a smaller displacement

To put things in perspective...

993 Carrera: 3.6-liters, 272 horsepower / 996 Carrera: 3.4-liters, 296 horsepower

The 996 is also the first water-cooled 911 Turbo

Its 3.6-liter flat-six produces from 414 to 444 horsepower

While the most powerful GT2 version produced

476 horsepower and could reach 60 mph in 3.6 seconds

The most affordable 911...for now

$20,000-$30,000 will get you a good 996 Carrera/4/4S. The Turbo costs around double

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