19 November 2007

Porsche 996

Porsche is a company which manufactures high performance sports cars. This company's first product came out in the year 1948 which was the Porsche 356. Since then there is no looking back. Porsche continues to provide car enthusiasts high performance and extremely good quality products which are hundred percent reliable and safe. Porsche also shares its expertise with other automobile manufacturers by offering their consultancy services to them. Porsche continues to maintain its reputation as one of the top most producers of Sports cars which is evidence with their performance in races including the Targa Florio and Carrera Panamerica.

The Porsche 911 remains the most popular sports car ever and is the company's flagship product. Porsche 996 is said to be the internal name given by the company for the 911 version model released and marketed between the years 1998 and 2005.

The engine of the Porsche 996 Carrera was designed and integrated with a technology known as "integrated dry sump oiling". The unique feature of this type of engine is that the crankcase does not feature an oil scavenge pump which normally pumps oil from the engine to a separate tank. Other modifications in the 996 model include a sleeker and elegant body featuring a windshield which is raked steeper. The interior also sports a more luxurious and new look.

These new innovations and additional features make the Porsche 996 as good as a new car. Both the cabriolet and coupe versions of the 996 were originally released. This model came both as a rear wheel and four wheel drives. Engine was Flat 6 aspirated with a capacity of 3.4 liters generating a power of 300 bph. Front of the Porsche 996 looked similar to the 1996 model of Porsche Boxster. Headlamps resembled those of the Porsche Panamericana concept car.

The year 2000 saw the release and debut of the Porsche 996 Turbo model which came equipped with a twin turbocharged engine which was intercooled and had a capacity of 3.6 liters. This vehicle also featured a four wheel drive. Further models saw alterations, additions and deletions and a host of variants of the model.

A unique feature of the Porsche 996 includes the aluminum pedals which are attractive as well as functional. They allow for effective heel and toe operation. The Porsche 996 platform was used to introduce two GT variants including the GT 3 and GT 2. The Mk.II GT3 variant featured advanced technologies and was based on the 996 of the second generation.

The aerodynamics of the GT3 was updated and it featured a more powerful version of the 3.6 liter capacity engine. The GT3 was first released in the year 2004. Testing of the GT3 showed an acceleration of 0 to 60 mph in just four seconds. This is the highest recorded figure so far by a street legal automobile.

The GT2 also features advanced aerodynamic features. Other modifications include the addition of brakes made of ceramic and of a bigger diameter, engine which is twin turbocharged integrated with intercoolers, reprogrammed software for engine control and a retuned 3.6 liter engine of the 966 Turbo. This resulted in the launch of the car from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.6 seconds. Both variants came with six speed transmissions.

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