As the first 911 water-cooled engine, this model Porsche was sold between 1997 and 2005. Its boxer engine developed 300 hp, while reducing consumption, emissions and noise. The only complaint one could put were the headlamps inherited from the Boxster.
Something that did improve considerably from the 993 model were the comfort and sense of well being inside the vehicle, getting to feel aboard a Premium car, not just at the wheel of a sports car.
Descendants of this first model are the Porsche 911 GT3 and GT3 RS, sportier versions that evoked the old RS Carrera. Also they reached the 4S version whose headlamps were identical to the Turbo.
Noteworthy is the Porsche 911 Turbo, which was launched in 2000, and developed 420 horsepower, though it was not the top that could reach the 3.6 block engine. That is why in 2002, it was optionally increased its power to 450 hp. Undoubtedly, this model went on to become the sport reference of that time.
The Porsche 911 996 was available with manual transmission, making it possible to opt for the Triptonic before it become unavailable for Turbo due to the arrival of the PDK double clutch.
We could not talk of the 996 without mention the 911 GT2 who, with 490 hp, pioneered mounting the standard carbon ceramic brakes.