By: Preston Felty (@burningpetrol).
The 996 Turbo
My father and I have been browsing the classifieds for some time now trying to find the perfect car that ticked all of the boxes for under $50k, and we both agreed on our end decision: it must be the Porsche 911 (996) Turbo.
I asked myself "why?" at first. Of course, it's certainly not the prettiest of the 911s, and was widely considered the dull follow-up among Porsche enthusiasts, replacing the heavenly 993, what is the last of the air-cooled 911s that will come out of Stuttgart. Many grassroots Porsche guys argue that the discontinuation of these air-cooled models was Porsche's biggest mistake to date. That is why we are seeing all of these new companies, like Singer in California and individuals like Richard Tuthill, in the UK, who are now building their ideas of perfect, bespoke 911s, going back to the 964 and 993 days, when "true" 911s were still being produced. These are great, but cost a pretty penny!
Yes, we all love the 964 and 993. They really were the pinnacles of Porsche, but not enough credit is given to the 996, especially the Turbo. Boasting a 3.6 liter flat-6, derived from a seemingly road going Le Mans car, the 911 GT1, the Turbo packs a powerful 400 horsepower punch that would send shivers down anyone's spine who puts his foot down.
Here she is in her dealership glory:
The 996 is really not given enough credit for the proper sports car that it is. Can one really argue against a car that boasts such talents for $40,000 that was once in the showroom for $110,000? Certainly not. The 996 Turbo is arguably the best bang-for-the-buck around.