Porsche 996 Turbo S
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Porsche 996 Turbo S

Porsche 996 Turbo S

Launched at the 1999 Frankfurt Motor Show, the 996 was produced by Porsche between 1997 and 2005. With an RR/R4 layout, the model was offered as a 2-door coupe or a 2-door convertible and the Carrera-4 derived Turbo S came with a few alterations to make it sportier that its predecessor. Featuring mildly re-rated dampers and springs, the model sat 10mm lower that the normally aspirated 996 and came with permanent four-wheel drive twin-turbocharged powertrain. The model was replaced by the Type 997.

Interior

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The cabin of the Porsche 996 Turbo S features almost all the electronic comforts that Porsche models come with including a CD auto-changer, cruise control and aluminum-finished instrument dials. The cabin is made more comfortable by full leather trim and gadgetry like satellite navigation, telephone and audio controls in Porsche’s proprietary Communication Management System (PCM) though the models also come with a BOSE audio system. The 996 Turbo S Cabriolet comes with an electro-hydraulic folding roof that fully retracts in a mere 20 seconds. The roof can be lowered or closed at speeds of 31mph or at a standstill. A 33kg removable aluminum hardtop is also offered on the convertible model. The cabriolet weighs 1660 kgs while the coupe weighs 1590 kgs.

Exterior

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The Porsche 996 Turbo S was derived from the all new 996 designed by Harm Lagaay as a replacement for the 993. The bodywork of the Turbo S featured a number of aesthetic touches like Xenon headlights, rear wheel arches that had intercooler vents placed in front of them and a large central intake that was carved out from the nose in front. The gaping air intakes were complimented by re-designed light clusters and the wraparound chin spoiler in matt black. The bi-plane rear wing was electronically adjustable to optimize wind flow above speeds of 70mph while engine cooling was maximized by a heavily ventilated skirt. The model sat pretty on 18 inch alloys finished in Porsche’s GT Silver metallic paint while the bodywork of the model was finished in a choice of metallic paints including metallic Dark Olive.

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