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The 997 (2004): Classicism/Modernity

2013-02-08 10:19

In July 2004, Porsche unveiled its next-generation 911 Carrera and 911 Carrera S models, referred to internally as the 997.

The oval headlights with separate indicators in the front were a visual return to older 911 models. The 997 was a high-performance vehicle, with a 3.6 "boxer" engine capable of 236kW while the new 3.8 unit of the Carrera S developed an incredible 261 kW.

CUSTOMISED TO DRIVING NEEDS

The chassis was also substantially reworked, and the Carrera S was built with Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM).

In 2006, Porsche introduced the 911 Turbo, the first petrol-engined production car to include a turbocharger with variable turbine geometry.

A model update in 2008 made the 997 even more efficient thanks to DFI direct fuel injection and the Porsche Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (PDK) - read dual clutch - transmission.

The 911 series made extensive allowances to suit drivers’ individual preferences. With the Carrera, Targa, Cabriolet (rear or all-wheel drive), Turbo, GTS, special models and road versions of GT racing cars, the 911 family comprised 24 variants.

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