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996 is fine but drive both (more) (archive)

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Posted by Ran on May 19, 2001 at 06:22:07:

In Reply to: Re: no 993 for me posted by JRV M3 on May 19, 2001 at 03:21:13:

the 996Turbo engine has some fine ancestry. I dont think one can say the same for the 996 normally aspirated engine. Atleast the bugs are now worked out though with the 01 model.

Also be sure to really compare the build quality. The 993 may look dated to you (not in the least to me but thats just subjective) but everything inside is good solid German metal wrapped in real leather. The 996 has got PLASTIC written all over it even though the dash can be seductively "modern" at first blush.

As regards normally aspirated cars, the 996 will be slightly faster, slightly crisper but not by much (282 versus 296/300 - 02 model is 316 so that makes more sense if at all)

AS regards turbo cars, I did not see any reason to go 996TT as it seems to be much more of a grand tourer though as i said its engine is derived from the 993 so is much better unlike the 996Normal aspirated engine which is done from scratch. Still, it is a watercooled engine and I prefer the tried and tested longevity of the 993 aircooled perfection.

There is a reason why Porsche profits are incredibly high in the last two years - possibly the highest of any mfgrer. Toyota was helping them introduce ways to save money. I opted for the metallic clunk of my 993TT doors and the older handbuilt aircooled way. Hard to find though and very expensive as people do not let them go.

I even looked into the 964 single turbos and decided against it partly because of lack of drive block but otherwise that is fantastic - last of the RWD turbos. The 993TT (AWD) has 408 hp and the 996TT (also AWD) has 424 hp. both are about 400 lb/ft of torque (approx numbers).

Best of luck with your decision. Cant go wrong either way just giving you some biased facts.
Cheers

What year was your estoril M3? I thought you were going to post something like "I'm switching to a 993 porsche" or something worse...I guess a Porsche would be pretty cool. I dunno


My Estoril M3 was a 99. I was considering upgrading to an E46 M3 in the near future and after driving it, I decided my next car will be a 996 Porsche. The 993 is too old looking. For 60k id rather have a Carrera than the new M3.

I sold my 99, got some extra $ and picked up a perfect 95 to last me a few years and toy around with.

Jonathan





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