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Porsche reinvents the 911 wheel again with a twin-pronged 997 model

17 Sep 2004

IT'S been more than 40 years since Porsche gave the automotive world one of its most enduring sports car icons, the 911. Purists claimed the current, 996-generation signalled the end of an era when it introduced liquid cooling and unprecedented levels of comfort, refinement and driver friendliness to Australia in early 1998. But it went on to become the most popular 911 ever. Almost seven years later, 911 evolves yet again with the retro-styled 997-series 911, which launches in two variants for the first time - including a 3.8-litre Carrera S - and features significant upgrades in performance, handling, braking, equipment and (again) comfort. Unfortunately, much of it remains optional.

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Model release date: 1 October 2004 to 1 August 2008

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Porsche 996-series 911

Released: January 1998
Ended: October 2004
Family Tree: 911

The current, liquid cooled, 996 generation 911 coupe appeared here in January 1998, with the 911 Cabriolet going on sale in July 1998. Introduced in 221kW/350Nm 3.4-litre guise, the 996 911 was facelifted in August 2001, when it came with a 235kW/370Nm 3.6. At the same time, a new wide-bodied C4S replaced the all-wheel drive Carrera 4 in the local Porsche line-up, while the 996 GT3 was facelifted in September 2003, the 911 Turbo was added in December 2000 and the 911 Turbo Cabriolet in November 2003.

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