Luxury sports car manufacturer Porsche is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the 996 911 sports car, which was first introduced at the IAA International Motor Show in Frankfurt in 1997. The model has a lot to offer. New features include the rear-wheel drive concept. This model uses water-cooled instead of air-cooled technology and a groundbreaking part-sharing concept with the 986-generation Boxster.
The interior of the 996 and the Boxster is identical but what hasn’t changed is the boxer principle of the six-cylinder engine. “Porsche needed a car in the lower price segment to help generate higher sales. So this led to the idea of the Boxster and the 996 sharing parts,” said August Achleitner, who was a former owner. 996’s chief strategy officer, said. Car concept at Porsche.
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Beyond the concept of sharing parts with the first porsche Boxster, another theme is the 996’s engine. Due to the standards related to strict emissions regulations and a number of other factors, Porsche has switched from the previous air-cooled two-valve design to new water-cooled four-valve boxer engine.
Aesthetically, the appearance of the 996 was under the direction of Principal Designer in the 1990s, Harm Lagaaij. He was amazed at how the strategy of a mid-engine roadster and a rear-engined coupe was identical from the front to the B-pillar. “The mission was a big challenge. But we’ve mastered it by first designing a number of different Boxster-996 fitting parts,” he said.
Porsche’s new part-sharing concept has impacted every front-end component – from the suspension to the electrical system, the bodywork and the overall packaging. Achleitner said the program envisioned the company selling a total of at least 30,000 units of both vehicles with a good return on investment. Ultimately, more than 30,000 996-generation 911s were sold annually.
First published date: November 21, 2022, 15:24 PM IST