Porsche 996 Test Drive

1999 Porsche 996 Carrera Test in the Hillcountry.

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Top Gear testing Porsche 911 996
After 34 years in production the famous air-cooled 911 was replaced by an all-new water-cooled model. Known as the Type 996, this car was a major leap for Porsche, although many of the traits that defined the 911 during past decades still remained. With the new model there was finally a newly designed bodyshell (all previous 911s being based on the original 1963 shell). As with the 993 before it the 996 was also a significant model, but mainly for the way it was conceived and designed, and the effect it had on Porsche during the 1990s. Pundits criticized the 996's styling a great deal, largely because it shared its headlamps— indeed much of its front end, mechanically— with the less expensive Boxster. The 996 had been on the drawing board first and was a more advanced car in some respects, but the cost-cutting seemed inappropriate for an expensive car. Otherwise, the Pinky Lai-penned shape followed the original Butzi Porsche design very closely; the Carrera model had a 0.30 Coefficient of drag. The interior was further criticized for its plainness and its lack of relationship to prior 911 interiors, although this came largely from owners of older 911s. The Type 996 spawned over a dozen variations, including all wheel drive Carrera 4 and Carrera 4S (which had a 'turbo look') models, the club racing-oriented GT3, and the forced-induction 996 turbo and GT2. The turbo, four-wheel-drive and twin-turbo, often made appearances in magazines' lists of the best cars on sale. 996 GT3 RSThe Carrera and Carrera 4 underwent revisions for model year 2002, receiving the front headlight/indicator lights which were first seen on the turbo version two years earlier. This allowed the 911 to be more distinguishable from the Boxster. A mildly revised front fascia was also introduced, though the basic architecture remained. A limited number (1963)of 2004 40th Anniversary Editions include a more powerful 345-horsepower engine, a standard Porsche Stability Management system (PSM), enhanced acceleration due to a mechanical rear axle differential lock, more aggressive suspension tuning. Painted GT Silver metallic, the 40th Anniversary edition of the 2004 Porsche 911 Carrera has front air cooling openings like the Porsche 911 turbo, body-color air intake grilles, unique sill trim and an aluminum 911 logo on the engine cover, polished 18-inch wheels, and high-gloss chromed tailpipes. Other equipment on this limited production model includes a power sunroof and bi-Xenon headlights with dynamic beam angle control and lens cleaners. Inside the 40th Anniversary 911 Carrera, dark gray leather sport seats include two-stage heating, special silver metallic and aluminum interior trim and a numbered plaque on the center console. Ref: 'Autobytel.com, 2004 Porsche 911 Carrera New Car Buyer's Guide'.





Modified 1999 Porsche 911 Carrera 2 - WR TV POV Test Drive
This week we drive this incredibly loud 996 Carrera 2 with a factory GT3 Aero package. You might want to wear ear plugs under your headphones... Modifications: Bilstein Coil Overs with H&R Sport springs. TRG racing drop links, GT3 cup front & rear sway bars, Fabspeed muffler bypass pipes, EVOMs bypass pipes, schnell airbox mod, under drive pulley Pilot Super Sports all around, 285 rears Factory GT3 look aero package, GT3 carbon fiber center console Visit us at http://www.windingroad.com and http://www.windingroadracing.com Wear headphones! The audio in this video was recorded with in-ear binaural microphones. With headphones or earbuds on, you'll feel like you're actually sitting in the driver's seat. We upload new videos every week that give quick insight into what our weekly test cars look, feel, and sound like when they're being driven joyfully. If you haven't already, subscribe! Our videos will always be free to watch, but if you're feeling extra generous you can support our video efforts on Patreon: http://www.patreon.com/windingroad Who we are: Winding Road Media presents automotive and racing products and information to car enthusiasts. http://www.windingroadracing.com offers products and services for car enthusiasts and racers. Winding Road Magazine is a free weekly online magazine written for the car enthusiast, with an intelligent, entertaining perspective. Visit us at http://www.windingroad.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Winding-Road/18921012131 Our Racing Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/WindingRoadRacing





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