In 1975, Porsche introduced their first ever turbocharged 911 – the 930 Turbo, which included wider wheel arches and the iconic ‘whale tail’ spoiler. Fast forward to the first generation water-cooled engined 911 – the 996 Turbo, which was produced in 2000 and officially sold in 2021. Similar to the GT3, GT3RS and GT2, the Turbo did not experience the catastrophic IMS Bearing issue similar to its fellow 996 siblings – due to its engine block being derived from the 911 GT1 Le Mans racer, as well as being an engine designed by Mezger – which does have an IMS Bearing however completely redesigned which makes it not prone to failure. Equipped with all-wheel drive and a turbocharged 3.6L flat-six engine producing 414hp, this 996 Turbo with the Tiptronic Automatic Transmission reaches 0-100km/h in 4.9 seconds and a top speed of 297km/h. Porsche introduced an X50 Performance Package consisting of factory components shared with the GT2, such as the oil pump, larger intercooler and larger K24 turbochargers, a strengthened transmission and a revised ECU bringing overall power output to 444hp.
Presented to you at the Car Farm is a 2002 Porsche 996 Turbo with the factory X50 Package and 6-Speed Manual Transmission. It is an original Hong Kong market car that is finished in Basalt Black with a Black interior. Equipped with the X50 Package, including a GT2 intercooler, GT2 waste gate, larger K24 turbos, an enhanced ECU, hardback semi-automatic sport seats, red seat belts, leather dash with carbon fibre interior trim and an Alcantara roof lining. In addition to the X50 package, a tasteful selection of aftermarket parts have been installed on this 996 Turbo, such as a lightweight flywheel, KW V3 dampers, 19” Champion RG5 wheels (recently refurbished), Raid sport steering wheel, and a genuine TechArt Type II GTS front bumper, side skirt, rear wing complete with a carbon fibre gurney. A Gemballa full exhaust system has been installed as well as 6 pot brake calipers for the front (new brake discs and brake pads) and sport sway bars. To ensure this 996 Turbo runs and drives as it should, a number of components have been replaced, such as the clutch slave cylinder, air hoses, drive belt, speed sensor, O2 sensors (x4), battery, power steering fluid, coolant, damper top mounts, control arm bushings, engine mounts and front drop links – upgrades include a short shifter and a lightweight flywheel. For the exterior, the front bumper, right side skirt, and side mirrors have been resprayed while the front wheel arches have been replaced (and painted), complete with a 7H coating. An overhaul of the air-conditioning system, including the compressor, coil and evaporator has been done as well as the fuel system refreshed with a brand new fuel pump and filter. The last oil service was performed at 91,074km, which is only 166km travelled on its arrival to the Car Farm. This example has been under the care of a collector that seeks perfection in every one of their vehicles, making this 996 Turbo ready to drive and enjoy. Throughout its lifetime, it has 7 previous owners, a current mileage of 91,240km and a valid road license until 2nd July, 2023.
The Basalt Black paint on this 996 Turbo is in great condition, as observed from the amount of light that reflects off of its body thanks to the amount of love and care infused into it, such as the respray of the front bumper, the driver side’s side skirt, side mirrors complete with a 7H coating. The same is observed from the recently refurbished 19” Champion RG5 wheels finished in gloss black and are free from any signs of kerb rash. Carbon fibre is integrated on the exhaust exits of the TechArt rear bumper, which underneath them lay the quad Gemballa exhaust. Although this example has a Turbo S logo on the rear, it is not an ’S’ model. The headlights, rear lights and side indicators are in great shape and operate as they should. The TechArt rear wing adds a subtle amount of aggressiveness and is the final piece that completes the overall look of the genuine TechArt body kit.
Interior and Trim
Open up the doors of this Basalt Black beauty, we are greeted with a very clean and straight to the point interior. Essentials for the driver include the Raid sport steering wheel, metal shift knob (with signs of wear), and carbon fibre trimmed hand brake lever. The hardback semi-automatic sport seats are in great condition, with minimal amounts of creases shown and no signs of tears. The Porsche emblem is embossed on the top section for both seats which are firm, supportive and operating as they should. The red seatbelts throughout remain vibrant in colour and the dashboard remains in excellent shape, housing Basalt Black trim, for the air-conditioning vents and centre console. Carbon fibre trim is observed for the ignition key surround, the climate control system, door handles and storage covers on the door panels and the umbrella storage surround- all of which have been preserved and free from any severe scratches or fade. The TechArt door sill plates have minimal signs of wear, whilst all of the buttons are clearly visible and free from stickiness. There are signs of the remains of a sticker on the Porsche Navigation unit, which can be removed if necessary. The door panels are tightly secured to the doors, with no signs of sagging. The interior carpeting throughout remains in great shape and the glove box storage unit is aligned and closes properly to the dashboard.
Engine and Running Gear
At the turn of the key, this 996 Turbo switched on with no hesitation – alive was the loud rumble from water-cooled flat-six thanks to the full Gemballa exhaust. As a testament to the amount of TLC and maintenance that was performed on this example – there were no strange smells or excessive smoke coming from the exhaust. During our test drive, the power delivery was strong and every gearshift from the 6-Speed Manual Transmission was smooth and direct – enhanced by the short shifter and as well as the engine revving more freely between shifting thanks to the lightweight flywheel. The KW V3 suspension combined with the 6 pot brake calipers in the front were very confidence inspiring and enables this 996 Turbo to be planted on the roads throughout the corners. With over 450hp for the driver to utilise, it is a very exciting drive. This is a meticulously maintained example passed on from one collector to another, with a rare and genuine TechArt body kit, X50 Performance Package with tasteful upgrades and factory original 6-Speed Manual Transmission — suitable for anyone looking for a turbocharged 911 experience – now available for you exclusively at the Car Farm.
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