If You’d Don’t Mind The Looks, Porsche’s 996 Carrera Is Great Sports Car

Porsche’s latest-generation 911 GT3 is the fastest, most powerful and most technologically-advanced iteration of the GT3 to date. However, you don’t need the latest GT3, or even an old GT3, to understand why the 911 is held in such high regard.

Jethro Bovingdon from Drive Tribe is the owner of a 996-generation Carrera and in the video below, describes that this near 20-year-old 911 is still a joy to drive.

Sure, it isn’t as fast as its modern successors but it retains the iconic formula that has made the 911 one of the world’s most revered sports cars; a rear-engine layout, rear-wheel drive, manual transmission and exceptional steering feel.

In the year’s since leaving Porsche’s factory, Bovingdon’s 911 has undergone some upgrades including new engine mounts, adjustable Bilstein suspension and an aftermarket exhaust system.

These tweaks combine to create a driving experience that is hard to find in many modern day sports cars and just goes to show that performance figures don’t define a car.


  • I’mCallingYouOut

    Unpretentious, and fantastic story telling. Thanks!

  • Tumbi Mtika

    Okay, all of this 996 hate is getting old.

    • alexxx

      no its not….i really hate those front lights… :-))

    • SteersUright

      Nobody is arguing its a blast to drive, but good lord its just about as ugly as 911’s ever got, on the inside and outside. The 993 that came before and the 997 that came after were both arguably so much more beautiful also, inside and out. The 996 introduced the bore scoring and bearing failure risks for granading a perfectly good engine too, which also cast an additional shadow over this already criticized car. That said, it just about the only affordable way to get into a proper 911 these days, and I wouldnt be opposed to one at the right price. They really are that special to drive. As are the boxster/Cayman, I might add.

  • joey

    I actually really liked the 996

  • Six Thousand Times

    I like the round headlights more but come on, the 996 is a great car and I’d love to own one.

  • Wandering_Spirit

    It’s always been a honest sportscar. Never understood the hatred.

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