The Porsche 996 gets a bad press but it really is a great 911. I had a customer round the other week looking, at first, at a 993 but he couldn’t get on with the offset pedals so I suggested he tried a 996. His initial reaction was negative, saying that he’d heard that 996s weren’t any good. But after driving this one, he realised that, actually, a 996 is just what he wants.
And what about the looks? OK, maybe the headlamps are a bit odd but, on the whole, I like the 996’s lines. They have a purity which harks back to the clean lines of the very first 911s, before they get complicated with spoilers and flared arches. From a design point of view, the 996s is spot on.
The interior’s better than some people will have you believe. It’s ergonomically spot-on and is modern and well thought out. What more could you want?
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