The Porsche 911 (996) Turbo is a rear-engine coupe and cabriolet fitted with a water-cooled, 3.6-litre-twin turbo engine that was launched in 1999 and first sold in the year 2000. Whilst retaining a similar line to its 996 Carrera stablemates, the Turbo has a wider track and can be immediately identified by the rear wing intakes.
The standard Porsche 996 was a controversial model when launched. The water-cooled engine was off-putting to many Porsche purists, and the “fried egg” headlights didn’t win much praise, especially since they were shared with the entry-level Boxster. Mechanical issues that dogged both Boxster and 996 did nothing to help either car’s reputation, but the 996 Turbo did a lot to redeem the 996, although the Turbo model was fairly distinct mechanically from the standard car.
The standard 922 Turbo produced 415 bhp, but in 2002 an X50 option pack was launched with bigger turbos and intercoolers in addition to improvements in ECU and exhaust. The total output was 450 bhp. Magazine road tests at the time of launch produced 0-60mph times of 3.7 seconds. In 2005, the final year of manufacture, Porsche released the Turbo S model. This bundled the X50 pack with various other upgrades to interior and brakes.