Porsche 911 996 (1997–2004)

Model History

Top-hinged pedals at last. 300 bhp 3.4 litre engine.

Lighter, more powerful 360 bhp GT3 with adjustable suspension by far the best.

Substantial UK price cuts in May 2000.

Incredible, 414bhp 190mph Turbo.

C2 and C4 revised again with 3.6 litre Variocam engine developing 315bhp for September 2001 (much better engine than 3.4).

Top speed 177mph, 0-60 4.8 seconds, prices from £55,950.

Turbo cabrio launched August 2003 at £96,130 does 0-60 in 4.1 seconds, top speed 189mph.

May 2004 996 based 450bhp turbo S launched. 620Nm torque. 0-60 4 seconds, 0-100 9 seconds, top speed 191mph, combined consumption 21.2mpg. Prices: coupe £99,300, cabrio £105,030.