2002 Porsche 996 Turbo Techart
Engine: 3.6l Flat Six Twin Turbo
Transmission: Six-speed manual
Mileage: 121,000 kms
Exterior: Artic Silver
Interior : Black Leather
Engine No. -
Location: Cote d’Azur, France
The Porsche 996 is the internal designation for the 911 model manufactured by the German automaker Porsche from 1997 until 2006. It was replaced by the 997 in 2004 but the high performance Turbo S, GT2 and GT3 variants remained in production until 2006. The 996 had little in common with its predecessor, with the first all new chassis platform since the original 911 and a new water-cooled engine. Technically, it was a major change, a complete breakthrough from the original car other than the overall layout.
At its debut, the 996 featured the most significant change from the classic 911 series: a water-cooledengine replacing the previously air-cooled engine. Progressively stringent emissions and noise regulations, environmental concerns, a higher expectation for refinement and the need for a high-performance 4 valve per cylinder engine made the switch necessary. Other major changes include a completely new platform having a sleeker body with a more raked windshield, and a re-designed interior along with new "fried egg" shaped headlamps instead of previous "bug eye" headlamps.
The 996 Turbo debuted at the Frankfurt Auto show in September 1999 powered by a water-cooled twin-turbocharged and intercooled 3.6-litre flat-6 engine derived from the 1998 Le Mans winning 911 GT1 race car. The engine was rated at 420 PS at 6,000 rpm and 563 Nm of torque. It featured an all-wheel drive system and was available with either a 6-speed manual or a 5-speed Tiptronic transmission. The revised styling had a wider stance than the naturally aspirated 996 Carrera models, along with new bi-xenon headlamps and a fixed rear wing. The Turbo also came with VarioCam Plus and stability management and an electronically adjustable rear spoiler was included which would rise at a speed of 76 mph (122 km/h) and lower at 36 mph (58 km/h). The bodywork was also revised to allow airflow to 3 radiators up front and to accommodate 18-inch wheels and tyres.
In 2002, the X50 package was offered as an option on the Turbo that included larger K24 turbochargers and intercoolers, a revised ECU and quad-pipe exhaust which raised power output to 450 PS. Other features introduced in 2002 were a glove box, center mounted cup-holders, an optional Bose stereo and rain-sensing wipers.
This wonderful example of the 996 Turbo with a manual 6 speed gearbox is a later 2003 model year car finished in Artic Silver metallic and features a Techart upgrade, fitted directly by Techart in 2002. The car is in excellent condition both inside and outside and has covered just shy of 121,000 km. Originally delivered in Germany in 2002, the car was imported in 2009 by the second owner into France and then sold on the the current title holder in 2011.
The exterior of this 996 Turbo features a Techart GT Street upgrade, both front and rear bumpers are replaced, side skirts and rear wing are also changed to give the car a more aggressive presence. The suspension is lowered by 20mm and stiffened and track is widened both front and rear. The car features the X50 Turbo wheels finished in black and silver and Techart signature exhaust finishers complete the look. Other options include rear wiper and sunroof. The cars body work is in extremely good condition, only showing some very minor scratches on the bumpers on close inspection.
Inside this car is finished in traditional black leather which presents very well, with the seats showing only light usage normal with the age and mileage of the car. Aside from the Techart aluminium pedals, factory options include the full aluminium interior package throughout including the steering wheel with dials are finished in white. 8 way electric and heated seats, Bose sound system with 6 CD changer, PCM 2 Navigation with telephone, embossed logo on headrests, aluminium door 'Turbo' branded sill are also specified on this example.
The 3.6 litre 6 cylinder twin Turbo is believed to be reworked to produce more horsepower, with previous invoices showing 450 to 485 PS. However, the recalibration is unknown for the moment and the car will be tested to extract a true horsepower figure to evaluate this further. The powertrain runs extremely smoothly as expected of this car with complete service history.
This fantastic example of the 996 Turbo with Techart upgrades is available for viewing at Le Garage du Panorama, has a great history file consisting of invoices and service documentation. It's a great entry to the world of 911 Turbos and has aged very well. We believe the once under appreciated 996 generation is starting to look more and more appealing. For further information, please do not hesitate to contact us.