Porsche 911 996 Brochure - 1998
Everything we know so far
It was the last week of May 1948 when it rolled out of a small workshop in the Austrian village of Gmund - the realisation of Dr Ferdinand Porsche's dream to build a sports car bearing his own name. The collective wisdom of 50 years' of technological achievement distilled into four wheels and an engine.
It was small, lightweight. Very spartan. And, to some, rather odd looking. But what was most radical about Porsche Number 1 was its engine: set behind the driver's compartment, and displacing just a single liter.
Yet from the very first test drive, it was clear that the engineering ideas of Dr. Porsche and his son Ferry produced a driving experience of the purest sort. Where man and machine became one - the car a lightning rod to the driver's soul.
That original Porsche, Type 365, sparked a legendary line of rear-engined sports cars. A line that continues to this day, the embodiment of the enduring Porsche philosophy of continual improvement. Almost daily, new ideas to make our cars faster and more reliable are conceived. And, just as in 1948, tested the best way we know how - on the racetrack.
Now, 50 years, over 23,000 race wins and more than one million Porsche cars since the original, we celebrate that spring day in Gmund the only way we know how by introducing a new Porsche. A direct result of the process begun with Porsche Number 1. A sports car combining everything we knew then, and everything we've learned since, into one ingeniously effective automobile - the Porsche 996.
1998 The Porsche 996
Can a 911 that shares not a single component with its predecessor still be a 911?
Thirty five years after its inception the Porsche 911 is still what it has always been: an uncompromised sports car. each generation has been built to answer the inquisitive minds at Weissach, an 1100 acre think tank where some of the most celebrated automotive engineers pursue the answer to one question: "How can we make it better?" Each has been meticulously crafted at Zuffenhausen, in buildings so revered that they are national monuments protected by law. Now the latest, most revolutionary Porsche 996 911 is here. And with it comes the knowledge gained in our half century long pursuit of excellence - a pursuit that has continually taught us that the best 911 is merely the next one in line. Introducing everything we know...so far.
- Advanced occupant protection.
- Extended service intervals
- Lighter stronger stiffer chassis
- Lower emissions
- Fuel economy
- Quieter cabin
- More shoulder room
- Tighter turning circle
- Improved ergonomics
- Quicker steering
- Lower drag coefficient
- Reduced lift
- Shorter stopping distance
- Surer Handling
When the Porsche engineers began work on the New 911 (the 996), their goal was clear: create an automobile that would surpass its predecessor in every respect. In the process of improvement, they could compromise nothing. When finished, they'd created a sports car whose technological innovations and engineering refinement are unrivaled. The New 996 911 is not like any Porsche you've ever known. At the same time, it's more Porsche than we have ever built. For the first time, the 911 is powered by a water-cooled engine but it's still a flat-six mounted in the rear. It's cleaner and more efficient than any previous 911 Carrera, yet it's the most powerful Carrera ever made. It's larger in size, but still has the same unmistakeable shape. It offers a more comfortable drive than any previous Porsche 911, yet evokes the pride, passion and undiluted exhilaration of driving that only a Porsche sports car can.
Performance of the Porsche 996
It's water-cooled, 4-cammed, 24-valved and pure Porsche
What makes a Porsche engine a Porsche engine? To the engineers around Weissach, the answer is really quite simple: How it's made. How it's proven. And most important how well it works.
So how well does the all-new engine in the Porsche 996 work? It generates more horse power and torque than any previous normally aspirated 911, while offering a broader power curve. It retains the free-revving performance of a short-stroke Porsche engine. And preserves the classic 911 exhaust note. As Automobile Magazine noted, "Turn the key, and the six-cylinder boxer responds instantly and starts playing it's familiar tune."
Rest assured, despite the numerous technological advancements, every 911 engine is still hand-assembled in the Porsche tradition by a single technician. Each engine is then tested rigorously - on the bench for up to half an hour with a full minute non stop at redline. Then a rolling-road test. And ultimately, the final exam: 90 minutes on the autobahn, where every 911 off the assembly line must satisfy perhaps the world's most demanding, and some say most fortunate, driver - a Porsche test driver.
Over the last 35 years, no car and engine have been as indelibly linked as the 911 and it's air-cooled flat six. Yet at Porsche sentiment must not stand in the way of improvement. And when our engineers felt modern demands and development had exhausted the potential of the air-cooled six, they moved on. They applied what they knew and created an engine that is quite simply better.
Dual overhead cams? Four valves per cylinder? While it's the first engine of its kind in a Porsche 911, its engineering has powered every Porsche prototype since the 962C won Le Mans in 1986. It has been proven in previous models. and combined into one revolutionary powerplant.
Exploiting the added breathing capacity of its DOHC, 24-valve design, Porsche has extracted greater output from a smaller lighter package. The result: instantaneous power. Tap on the throttle, and acceleration is immediate at any engine speed. With no fewer than 220 lb-ft of torque on tap from 2700 rpm clear to the 7300 rpm redline, the thrust pressing you deeper into the seat is relentless, and invigorating.
Driving the cams is our exclusive VarioCam variable valve timing technology. Fine-tuning the timing-chain tension, VarioCam adjsts inlet valve timing for more efficient breathing at low and high rpm. Working in concert is a 2-stage resonant induction manifold