Top Gear testing a porsche 911 carrera

Tiff Needell are testing a porsche not jeremy clarkson. After 34 years in production the famous air-cooled 911 was replaced by an all-new water-cooled model. Known as the Type 996, this car was a major leap for Porsche, although many of the traits that defined the 911 during past decades still remained with the new model it was finally a newly designed bodyshell (all previous 911s being based on the original 1963 shell). As with the 993 before it the 996 was also a significant model, but mainly for the way it was conceived and designed, and the effect it had on Porsche during the 1990s.

Pundits criticized the 996’s styling a great deal, largely because it shared its headlamps— indeed much of its front end, mechanically— with the less expensive Boxster. The 996 had been on the drawing board first and was a more advanced car in some respects, but the cost-cutting seemed inappropriate for an expensive car. Otherwise, the Pinky Lai-penned shape followed the original Butzi Porsche design very closely; the Carrera model had a 0.30 Coefficient of drag. The interior was further criticized for its plainness and its lack of relationship to prior 911 interiors, although this came largely from owners of older 911s.

The Type 996 spawned over a dozen variations, including all wheel drive Carrera 4 and Carrera 4S (which had a ‘Turbo look’) models, the club racing-oriented GT3, and the forced-induction 996 Turbo and GT2. The Turbo, four-wheel-drive and twin-turbo, often made appearances in magazines’ lists of the best cars on sale.

996 GT3 RSThe Carrera and Carrera 4 underwent revisions for model year 2002, receiving the front headlight/indicator lights which were first seen on the Turbo version two years earlier. This allowed the 911 to be more distinguishable from the Boxster. A mildly revised front fascia was also introduced, though the basic architecture remained.

A limited number (1963)of 2004 40th Anniversary Editions include a more powerful 345-horsepower engine, a standard Porsche Stability Management system (PSM), enhanced acceleration due to a mechanical rear axle differential lock, more aggressive suspension tuning. Painted GT Silver metallic, the 40th Anniversary edition of the 2004 Porsche 911 Carrera has front air cooling openings like the Porsche 911 Turbo, body-color air intake grilles, unique sill trim and an aluminum 911 logo on the engine cover, polished 18-inch wheels, and high-gloss chromed tailpipes. Other equipment on this limited production model includes a power sunroof and bi-Xenon headlights with dynamic beam angle control and lens cleaners. Inside the 40th Anniversary 911 Carrera, dark gray leather sport seats include two-stage heating, special silver metallic and aluminum interior trim and a numbered plaque on the center console. Ref: ‘, 2004 Porsche 911 Carrera New Car Buyer’s Guide’.

Engine wise, displacement was 3.4 L and power 300 PS (221 kW), increased in 2002 to 3.6 L and 320 PS (235 kW).


8 responses to “Top Gear testing a porsche 911 carrera”

  1. Anonymous says:

    Fillmed with a mixer !

  2. Anonymous says:

    This car is really nice looking and really fast

  3. Anonymous says:

    Yuk it’s a 996. Urrgghh. Think I just stepped in something.

  4. Anonymous says:

    The 996 mk1 does look good 🙂
    Not as good as the previous 911 but still very good 🙂

  5. Anonymous says:

    This guy is Tiff Needell, who used to work for Top Gear and now 5th Gear….This guy is a professionnal driver and put J. Clarkson in his rear pocket… he is a truly professional tester… and deserve respect!!!

  6. Anonymous says:

    They ruined the shape and messed up the engine.

  7. Anonymous says:

    this guy sounds like he’s talking shit

  8. Anonymous says:

    I don’t like this car because it’s ugly and and not aircooled

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