PH buying guide: Porsche 911 Turbo (996)


The word 'Turbo' holds a special place in the Porsche lexicon, so the arrival of a new 911 Turbo in 2000 was an eagerly anticipated event. Based on the 996 bodyshell but with the facelifted headlights, the big change for the new Turbo model was a switch to water cooling for the engine.

Turbo equals big power and surprising value
Turbo equals big power and surprising value
However, the Turbo used a modified version of the 993's motor in twin-turbo 3.6-litre form. It delivered 420hp and 0-62mph in 4.2 seconds with the standard six-speed manual gearbox and four-wheel drive. A five-speed Tiptronic auto was an option, which slowed the 0-62mph time to 4.9 seconds, while top speed for the auto was 185mph compared to the manual's 189mph.

Porsche offered the X50 upgrade for the 996 Turbo from 2002, upping power to 450hp. This became standard for the Turbo S model that arrived in 2005 and shared the X50's 0-62mph time of 4.0 seconds and 192mph top speed. The Turbo S also came with carbon ceramic brakes discs as standard, an option on non-S Turbos.

A Cabriolet version of the Turbo pitched up in 2004, which was only a year before the Turbo gave way to the new 997 in 2005, though the Turbo S continued in production alongside the 997 for a short period.

Yours for the price of an average hot hatch
Yours for the price of an average hot hatch
By the time production ended, 22,062 996 Turbo models of every type had been built. The numbers break down as:

996 Turbo coupe: 16,965
996 Turbo Cabriolet: 3534
996 Turbo S coupe: 600
996 Turbo S Cabriolet: 963

The 996 Turbo is now one of the most affordable supercars you can buy. Prices start from around £17,500, but the bulk of cars for sale are gathered in the mid to high 20s. A very late 996 Turbo S with low miles and perfect history can command £40,000.


Owner's view
"I have owned my 2003 car since 2009 and I'm the fourth owner. It was and is my dream car and I haven't been disappointed during the 20,000 miles I've covered during this time."
Roger Critchley


Buying guide contents:

Introduction
Powertrain
Rolling chassis
Body
Interior
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Thanks to RPM Porsche for providing the car for the pictures

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  • Dagnut 14 Mar 2014

    Eeyore9 said:
    Feeling the need to reply to some of the posts on here. I've just recently bought a 996 turbo had a ppi done on it and majority of things were fine, my car was very well looked after , full history and maintenance! I've just spent £500 pound for new track rods, suspension arms and full suspension geometry set up. It's now transformed from a really nice drivers car to a super drivers car. It has quite a few optional extras and has a remap to 480bhp. The performance is insane and I'd love to see a supra keep up with my car there are very few cars that can keep pace with it due to the performance and fantastic handling, it grips & grips and grips if you keep your foot in. The chassis is amazing, you tube 996 turbo Jdm super cars and you will see these machines beating lancer evo 7, Ferrari 360 Modena,Honda nsx & Nissan gtr v spec & that's a stock car. The metzger engine is a race bred engine from the gt1 race car and can take insane mods up to a reported 1500 bhp. My previous cars have been cosworth rs 500, supra auto 400 bhp. Caterham lightweight,scoobydoo & lotus exige
    I've always dreamed of having a porsche turbo and am just so glad i took the plunge and bought one, easily the best car I've owned so far
    Enjoy! any pics?

    Far easier to insure I bet than those mentioned?

  • Eeyore9 14 Mar 2014

    Feeling the need to reply to some of the posts on here. I've just recently bought a 996 turbo had a ppi done on it and majority of things were fine, my car was very well looked after , full history and maintenance! I've just spent £500 pound for new track rods, suspension arms and full suspension geometry set up. It's now transformed from a really nice drivers car to a super drivers car. It has quite a few optional extras and has a remap to 480bhp. The performance is insane and I'd love to see a supra keep up with my car there are very few cars that can keep pace with it due to the performance and fantastic handling, it grips & grips and grips if you keep your foot in. The chassis is amazing, you tube 996 turbo Jdm super cars and you will see these machines beating lancer evo 7, Ferrari 360 Modena,Honda nsx & Nissan gtr v spec & that's a stock car. The metzger engine is a race bred engine from the gt1 race car and can take insane mods up to a reported 1500 bhp. My previous cars have been cosworth rs 500, supra auto 400 bhp. Caterham lightweight,scoobydoo & lotus exige
    I've always dreamed of having a porsche turbo and am just so glad i took the plunge and bought one, easily the best car I've owned so far

  • Helicopter123 18 Jan 2013

    DKL said:
    I've looked at that - love the seat colour, nearest to linen I've seen. Not too sure about the dash/seat combo. Sorely tempted at that price but decided that it lacked a few (very cheap when new) options that I wanted and not a facelift car. A bit leggy too. But I'm sure if it checks out its fantastic value for money.
    That's the first really class looking interior I've seen on a 996!

    Great car for the money.

  • theplumber 18 Jan 2013

    Porkie said:
    deltashad said:
    The 996 has never been a desirable car. Still, it's a lot of bang for your bucks, if your into that kind of thing.
    What total rubbish! Look how many 996s were sold for big money brand new. Look how many turbos they sold and at almost 100k...

    How did they do that if they were not desirable?

    Did they blackmail people into buying them?

    You think a 996 GT2 or 996 GT3RS aren't desirable?
    Totally agree, 996 Turbo's were seriously hard cars to get hold of, I waited about 11 months until I picked my new Seal Grey one up back in 2001. Up until that point I hadn't even test driven the car, after coming from a 996 C2 this was a big step up and mind scrambling quick, no wonder it cost 3.5k a year to insure!!. I think people say these are clinical because they are so usable but for me that's what makes these so special.. I'm almost tempted to buy another one at these silly prices!!

    Anyone know if my old one is still around reg no LX51 KKO ??

    TP

  • JW911 18 Jan 2013

    DKL said:
    Re nav - I think (and I stand to be corrected) that pcm 1 on the older cars is much easier to update than the newer pcm2. Equally it seems popular to remove the whole unit and replace it with something newer anyway.
    Correct. PCM2 indicates that the car has the MOST bus fibre-optic system, which makes life less easy for aftermarket replacement. It can be done and it's not outrageously difficult but it's a faff. The PCM1 system is conventional (wires and wiggly amps) so replacing that is more plug-and-play. Hence the Alpine S600R in mine.

    Out of interest, the facelift cars are not all MOST. The changeover happened in 2004. My car is post-facelift (2002), non-MOST.

    Edited by JW911 on Friday 18th January 08:55

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