The Porsche 911 (996) was first introduced in 1997 and represented a dramatic (and controversial) change for the company as it was the first water-cooled 911. The 996 was the first truly modern 911 – drive a 993 today and, by comparison, it will feel great but old, almost like a classic with its archaic switchgear and awkward ergonomics. The new car was far more practical too, with more space for touring, a roomier cabin and a structure that was 45% stiffer, yet despite all of this the 996 was 50kg lighter than the outgoing model.
In 1998, ‘Car and Driver’ put the Carrera 2 up against the Ferrari 355 and the Porsche came out on top. Furthermore, it was prized as the ‘EVO’ Magazine car of the year with ‘its ability to be approachable and accessible like a sports car, but still with the ability to inspire awe like a supercar… on the road its purity of purpose, poise, finesse and honed athleticism allowed it to dominate a test that included the Ferrari F355 and Elise 135’. The pre-facelift 996 is the lightest of all water-cooled 911 variants, including the 996 GT3 which weighs 35kg more. Its 3.4-litre, 300 bhp engine is mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox with the four-wheel drive version widely considered to be the most accomplished mainstream 911 then available.
This is a very rare model indeed, this is a 2000 Porsche 996 ‘Millennium Edition’. In celebration of the Millennium, Porsche created just 911 special versions of its 996 Carrera 4 Coupe, appropriately named and based on the well-regarded all-wheel drive Carrera 4 with the 3.4-litre 300bhp engine. This particular example has had only 2 owners from new and is finished in dark brown with a mushroom leather interior and sunroof.