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:

Rolling chassis
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Thanks to RPM Porsche for providing the car for the pictures

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  • j_s14a 24 Dec 2012

    I think it's a bit presumptuous to say prices have "bottomed out", they could still fall MUCH further. There's no precedent, as the air cooled Turbos never fell this far.

    I wouldn't even call £17,500 a bargain, for £4k you could have a MKIV Supra twin turbo auto, which with basic mods costing under £1k, would be just as fast (if not a little quicker) as the 996 turbo from a rolling start.

    Also, for those expecting a prestige car, the interior feels pretty low rent, with plenty of cheap plastics.

    I'd still love one though, despite some quirks andquality issues. Nothing this side of a GTR will cover country roads with such pace.

  • RobCrezz 24 Dec 2012

    4k for a mk4 tt supra? Where?

  • V8 FOU 24 Dec 2012

    Sorry to bore everyone.... but a V8 Esprit for the same or less? Faster than a Cayman s, as one geezer found out yesterday...

    I like 911's, but not these. Too big and heavy. GT3 more my style, even if it costs loads more.
    The main problem with these is the fact that they are, ahem, a bit common. Lots of them around of one sort or another. And ceramic brakes? Wouldn't want to be picking up the bill for replacements on an older one.....

  • ikarl 24 Dec 2012

    RobCrezz said:
    4k for a mk4 tt supra? Where?
    I'll buy 2!!!

  • Rawwr 24 Dec 2012

    As a vehicle to cover ground quickly, there's little that appeals as much as a 996/997 Turbo.

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