After my post yesterday about a Porsche 996 Cabriolet someone on Facebook accused me of having a fetish for the ‘irrelevant and horrible 996’. Ouch.
Of course, everyone is entitled to their opinion but the fact is the Porsche 996 does have its followers – me included – and it’s a superb 911 and currently great value for money.
Irrelevant? Far from it, it’s an important part of the 911’s evolution. The first all new 911 for over 30 years, the Porsche 996 heralded the change from air to water cooled engines and a new larger bodyshell. Together with the Boxster, which shared many parts, it helped enable Porsche to become a very profitable company. What’s more, the 997 that followed was based heavily on the 996’s underpinnings.
Yes, the Porsche 996 is a very relevant car!
Horrible? Well, I can understand why some people don’t like the headlamps but that apart, the 996’s pure and unadorned lines saw a return to the philosophy of the original 911 before spoilers and flared arches came along. I like and so do plenty of others.
Porsche 996 not your thing? That’s fine but remember that it is for others. The Porsche community is all encompassing and friendly. 🙂