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The Porsche 996

Post by LhYnxz on Fri Jan 25, 2008 5:15 pm



The 996. Controversy from the beginning.
Love it or hate it, this is the new Porsche flagship for many years to
come. This new model is known as the 996, but it will replace the 911,
and be called a 911. Porsche will produce this car as their only
offering other than the Boxster.

That said, I want to bring you to the
discussion of what this car is all about. First off, Porsche abandoned
it's 34 year tradition of using engines that are aircooled. This step was
taken for emissions reasons and efficiency reasons. Second, Porsche abandoned
the classic 911 shape of the 34 years passed. There are no such things
as round headlights or flared fenders anymore. No taillight bar, no 5 gauge
dashboard. All is gone. But, what they have produced is undoubtably a better,
faster, more efficient, quieter, quicker, slipperier 911 replacement. Is
this what we all wanted? Only time will tell.

Bottom line is that it's a totally
new Porsche, and definitely the nicest and most efficient Porsche ever
built. The wheelbase has increased by 3.1" from the 911. The car in general
is about 7" longer.



Specifications

1998




Engine:

Horizontally opposed 6 cylinder, DOHC
4 valves per cylinder, all aluminum


Bore and stroke: 3.94" x 3.01"

Displacement: 3.4L. or 3,387cc

Horsepower: 296@6,800 rpm

Torque: 258 lb-ft @4,600 rpm

Compression ratio: 11.3:1

Cd: .30

Fuel system: electronic, sequential
port FI


Induction: 2-stage resonant induction,
w/Varioram








Drivetrain:

6 speed manual or 5 speed Tiptronic







Suspension:

FRONT: MacPherson struts, lower lateral
links, coil springs, semi-trailing links, anti-roll bar


REAR: 5-link, coil springs, tube shocks,
anit-roll bar








Body:

Unit steel







Dimensions:

Curb weight: 2920 lbs

Wheelbase: 92.5"

Length: 174.4"

Width: 69.5"

Height: 51.4"







Brakes and Wheels:

Dual circuit, power assist, internally
vented and cross drilled discs, Bosch ABS


225/40 ZR18 front, 265/35 ZR18 rear







Fuel Economy:

19/32 mpg







Performance:

0-60mph: 4.6 seconds

0-1/4 mile: 13.2s

Top Speed: 175 mph






The body of the 996 looks just like
the Boxster's, except in coupe design. Porsche swears the Boxster is based
on the 996, even though the 996 came out last. Underneath the skin they
share many of the same frame components, as much as 40% of it is interchangeable.
The headlights are identical to the Boxster's. Now that the car is in production
form, we finally can see just what Porsche has done in terms of extending
or ending the 911's life. The design of the new 911 is very plain compared
to older 993 type's flowing and flared fenders.




Everyone that has driven one agrees
that it is far better than the 'old' 911. It is much faster, and goes faster
much easier. The body is much more aerodynamic, and the engine is marvelous.




The only complaint I hear is that the
'real' 911 is gone after 34 years!

Times change, I guess, and so do interests.
But sure as the sun rises, everyone should grow into this new 911 and understand
the conversion to water-cooling.








Release dates have been scheduled as
follows:

996 Carrera 4
(Coupe and Cab) July 1998


996 Targa (2wd)
Jan 1999


996 Twin Turbo
Sept 1999

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