The 911 (996) Turbo offers genuine supercar performance in a compact and practical package. The turbocharged version of the 996 appeared in 2000, three years after the normally aspirated 996 had replaced the much loved 993, and was as radical a departure from the 993 Turbo as its, opinion-dividing sister had been. Arriving with four-wheel drive as standard, a water-cooled engine, a smooth new bodyshell and a radically updated cabin, the new 996 Turbo was a thoroughly sophisticated, all-weather, competent supercar and although it went out of production in 2005, in real terms it’s still as quick as anything on the road.
Water cooling, a first for Porsche, allowed an engine redesign that included four valves per cylinder, enabling higher power outputs to be achieved with much better fuel economy. Although the Turbo is water-cooled it’s not the same engine that’s in the regular 996. The 3.6 litre Mezger engine in the Turbo, can trace its ancestry back to the old air-cooled units and is directly related, not only to the 996 GT3, but also the GT1 racer with 3.2 litres and 600bhp. This engine has proved virtually bulletproof and the standard 420bhp can be comfortably extended to 500bhp with confidence.
This very attractive low mileage and accident-free 996 Turbo was supplied new to the UK via Porsche Colchester in 2002, fitted with the desirable X50 power upgrade and factory fitted aerodynamics package. The X50 upgrade package increases power output to 450bhp, achieved by larger turbos and intercoolers, changes to the ECU and a reinforced gearbox. The 2002 model, sometimes known as the mk2, also saw body revisions, which increased stiffness, improved handling and crash safety.
In the intervening years the Porsche has been maintained well by its two owners, with 10 services having been recorded by either Porsche main dealers or respected marque specialists. In the last 10 years the car has only covered 11,000 miles, most of which in the current recent ownership. Notably the 996 is offered with a very recent service by Walkers Autotech Porsche, a fresh MOT and a full set of new Michelin Pilot Sport tyres.
Finished in silver with a grey leather interior, this outstanding example is very well specified from new, and also benefits from a recent upgrade to a new Kenwood sound system (the original Porsche item will be supplied with the car), and is also offered with both sets of keys.
The 996 Turbo has rapidly becoming an especially collectible variant of the 911, and a low mileage manual gearbox version with the X50 upgrade is the one to have. An exceptional example of a very desirable supercar.