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Body style: Coupé (two-door)
Segment: Premium Coupe
Production years: 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001

Designed as a grand tourer, the Porsche Carrera was the base version for the 911 range in 1998. It offered enough comfort to be used as a daily driver.

The 996 Porsche was unveiled in 1997. The Carrera was the quickest naturally aspirated Porsche 911 from its times, apart from the GT3 versions, which were track-focused vehicles. The main advantage of the 911 was that it was a true, daily-driver, sports-car. It was the first water-cooled 911.

From the outside, the big headlights were oddly shaped and that brought a lot of criticism from Porsche fans around the world. The main difference between the 1998 Carrera and the facelifted version was that on this model, the turn-signals were placed at the bottom of the headlights. From the side, the flush bodywork, without any enlargements for the wheel-arches, offered a clean look.

Inside, the car was fitted as standard with a stereo and air-conditioning. Since it was the base model in the stable, it didn't feature too many luxury items, but those were on the options list. The standard seats could have been upgraded to power-adjustable leather seats. It was the first Porsche 911 with a center stack. The 911 featured two seats in the back, but very cramped. Those were installed mainly for tax and insurance purposes.

Under the engine lid, there was a newly-developed flat-six engine that offered 300 hp. It was mated as standard with a six-speed manual. A 5-speed automatic (Tiptronic) with manual override to shift gears was on the options list. The Carrera 2 was rear-wheel-drive.

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PORSCHE 911 Carrera (996) 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001
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PORSCHE 911 Carrera (996) 3.4

ENGINE SPECS  –  3.4
Cylinders
B6
Displacement
3387 cm3
Power
221 KW @ 6800 RPM
300 HP @ 6800 RPM
296 BHP @ 6800 RPM
Torque
258 lb-ft @ 4600 RPM
350 Nm @ 4600 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
174 mph (280 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
5.2 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Rear Wheel Drive
Gearbox
Manual, 6 Speed
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Ventilated Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
255/40Z R17
DIMENSIONS
Length
174.4 in (4430 mm)
Width
69.5 in (1765 mm)
Height
51.4 in (1306 mm)
Front/rear Track
57.3/59.1 in (1,455/1,501 mm)
Wheelbase
92.5 in (2350 mm)
Cargo Volume
4.6 cuFT (130 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.3
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2910 lbs (1320 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
3792 lbs (1720 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
13.7 mpg US (17.2 L/100Km)
Highway
27.7 mpg US (8.5 L/100Km)
Combined
19.9 mpg US (11.8 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
296 g/km
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