2000 PORSCHE 996 TURBO COUPE
2000 Porsche 996 Turbo Coupe Manual
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The 996 model year was the most drastic update since the original 911. The all-new chassis platform and new water-cooled engine marked a complete breakaway from the original stalwarts of the 911 line. The changes weren’t just under the hood, Porsche wanted a 911 for the new millennium so design chief Harm Lagaay and his team completely re-designed the bodywork and interior. The 996 featured a much sleeker body style, a more raked windshield, completely updated interior, and generation-defining “fried egg” shaped headlamps that harked back to the legendary 1997 991 GT1 race car. The 996 was made for the ultimate cruising refinement, tombstone seats provided long distance comfort yet hard cornering support for peak enjoyment during everyday use.
However, comfort doesn’t mean the 996 is track shy thanks to a 50 kg weight loss. On top of that, the 996 had a 45% stiffer high-strength steel chassis and a lower drag coefficient than its predecessor thanks to hours spent in the wind tunnel. Planted up front with a traction optimised rear, the 996 shone when thrown into corners. The balance between comfort and drivability meant Porsche had succeeded in designing a 911 fit for a new era.
The 996 Turbo was unique in the fact that its intercooled, twin turbocharged 3.6L flat six took inspiration (and maybe a few parts) from the 1998 Le Mans winning 911 GT1 race car making it a lively and dynamic drive. The Turbo was easily differentiated by the new bi-xenon headlamps and the fixed rear wing. Underneath the re-styled wider stance body is an all wheel drive system, Variocam and a stability management system. The 996 Turbo has the heart of a Le Mans champion and the styling of an elegant yet planted sports coupe making it the perfect middle ground between road and track.
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