Porsche 996 Carrera 4 is a great car. Why buy a 997?

by | Apr 18, 2011

Porsche 996 Carrera 4 is a great car. Why buy a 997?

by | April 18, 2011

The poor old Porsche 996 gets a bad press from some quarters. Mostly, this is unjustified but I can see why – nowadays some 996s I see are tired and neglected. They don’t look very nice, inside or out, and are disappointing to drive.

Find a good one, though, and the 996 is a great car that drives like a 911 should.

I picked up this lovely Arctic Silver Carrera 4 the other day and drove it from Oxfordshire to my south coast base, and I loved every minute of the journey. Even my ten-year-old son, who’s grown up with Porsches and isn’t usually impressed by anything less than a GT2, fell in love it with; “Can we keep this one, Dad?” He asked.

Not only is the Porsche in lovely condition, inside and out, and has obviously been cherished, it feels so taut and powerful, with that distinctive 911 ‘feel’ about it. It also has a switchable Sports exhaust, which transforms the usual 996 whirr into a proper throaty 911 growl. It’s great.

You know, I’m so impressed with this car, I wonder why anyone would pay twice the price for a slightly newer 997. Food for thought…

You can find out more about this Porsche 996 by clicking here.

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