Auto This generation of 911 appeared in 1997 was to mark a profound break in the line.
< /p> Launch the slideshow The Porsche 911 "996" turns 25 — DR
It’s been amazement at the IAA Motor Show in Frankfurt just 25 years ago. The new 911, generation 996, abandoned its traditional air-cooled engine in favor of a block (still 6 cylinders flat) at the same time. liquid cooling. Purists cried foul, for fear that this engine would no longer sound like a Porsche should sound.
The Porsche 911 “996” is 25 years old – DR
Close to the Boxster
But there was something else. For the first time, this 911 shared a large number of parts with another model: the Boxster, with a completely identical interior. The front end of the 996 was also very similar to the 996. that of the Boxster. Explanation, Porsche was not doing very well. at the time, and it was necessary to limit production costs. Bet won, since this generation of 911 was a solid commercial success, with more than 30,000 copies sold each year of production.