From 1999, there were three different models of the 996: a base, or Biposto; the 996S with Öhlins suspension and the engine of the 996SPS (Europe only) and finally the 996R which was the top-of-the line in the 996 range which featured the new 998 cc (60.9 cu in) Testastretta engine.
The 996 had larger pistons, larger valves, a stronger crankshaft and crankcases ported from the 916 SPS, but since the 916 camshaft gave a softer, less peaky power delivery and less top-end power (83.5 kW (112.0 hp) as against the SPS’s 92.4 kW (123.9 hp)) the 996 was built with a new air intake system with two fuel injectors per cylinder. A new airbox and a distinctive underseat exhaust system were also built into the new design, and the chassis was also modified. Lighter wheels were introduced along with improved brake calipers, and discs and pads were stronger than those of the 916. The suspension system was still the same Showa design but both the front and back were fully adjustable for damping and preloading.
Today’s 1999 example was driven by the 1996 world champion Troy Corser, and achieved an impressive competition record of 3 wins, 13 Podium finishes, 5 pole positions, and six lap records culminating in a truly impressive 3rd in place overall.
It is of course offered with appropriate authenticating paperwork and must be a highly desirable example of a modern racing collectible classic bike.