Has The Time Come To Appreciate A 2001 Porsche 911 (996) Turbo 6-Speed?

When Porsche introduced the 996 Turbo some 18 years ago, purists were shocked to see it feature a noticeably different design compared to regular Carrera models.

It looked more modern (and less raw) thanks to the wider rear wing, new bumpers, and 959-like air vents at the rear. In some ways, it was a mixture of old and new, but mostly new, especially since Porsche had decided to give the 911 so-called “fried-egg” headlights that resembled those of the first-gen Boxster. It was one of the 996’s most controversial features.

While many are wary of the regular 911 variants, you’d be hard-pressed to find somebody who wouldn’t want to have a 996 Turbo sit in their garage, if only for occasional weekend drive. Now, if you’re of the same mindset, then perhaps this 2001 low-mileage model might interest you.

It has a Midnight Blue Metallic exterior, a new chin spoiler, 18-inch factory ‘Turbo Twist’ wheels and a very clean overall appearance. The Bring a Trailer ad specifies that the car was detailed as recently as last month.

A true driver’s car

While we shouldn’t brush over the fact that its Graphite Grey full leather interior looks very clean, the most attention grabbing item is of course the 6-speed manual transmission. Driving enthusiasts often love shifting gears themselves, especially with lightweight, hyper-powerful cars such as the 911 Turbo. By the way, that’s a 997 short shifter, although if you buy the car, you get the stock shifter too.

Other features include the heated front seats, plus the optional 6-CD changer and Turbo door sill covers.

The car’s 3.6-liter flat six (water-cooled)  twin turbo engine produced 420 PS (414 HP) when new, sent to all four corners via an all-wheel drive system. The previous owner also installed a Fabspeed Performance Supersport X-pipe exhaust system with sport-cats and X50 tips back in 2016, to go with a Cobb ProTune for 93-octane pump gas.

Based on the gauge readout, the engine has just 15,136 miles (24,359 km) on it, which is a pretty low for an 18-year old supercar.

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  • Mark Hawthorne

    No. That time has not come. It is still a flawed driving and ownership experience.

  • SteersUright

    Ugly on the inside, ugly on the outside, will always be the generation of 911 to avoid.

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  • fgclolz

    I’ve always liked the styling of the 996. It was pretty bold of Porsche to experiment with the styling of the headlights.

    With that said, I wouldn’t want to own a none Turbo/GT3 car with that ticking time bomb called IMS.

    • exeptor

      Probably right as the fear of a massive engine fail will lower the fun of having a porsche. On the other hand you can replace the ims bearing and if you combine it with clutch change (which probably will be a necesity for cars over 100k km) the labor cost will be highly reduced and will more or less guarantee that you will drive with the biggest smile not interrupted by anything.

      • fgclolz

        I don’t think any of the remedies have been proven to solve it yet. It’s still a “wait-and-see” game, and that also needs to be defined. Does it have to last without any issues for anyone for 5 years? 10 years? Oil changes would probably still be recommended every 6 months to be on the safe side.

        Regardless though, it should still be a fun drive. These are one of the last “analog” Porsches with no driver aids.

  • exeptor

    Lucky you are … and probably smart. I wasn’t despite the fact that I knew that this car will become more expensive with time. Don’t get me wrong – I don’t care about some profit, but just the potential to have such a car for a basic hatchback money. This time is now over. And 27k for what it is is as you’ve said “a free car”.

  • GobbleUp

    Ugly inside and out, and wasn’t a great driver when I had one.
    Way overrated, much like current 911’s.


  • Vassilis

    I always loved the 996 Turbo.

  • BlackH20 River

    Prices are rising already, now $50K for around a 50K mile edition and if you can’t drive 420 plus horsepower car that weighs under 3500lbs, learn to drive, then you will enjoy. These deals above are gone, sorry your too late.
    More $$ for low mileage editions that haven’t been modified. Metzger engines (TT) never had an IMS problem and if anyone has a 996 non TT, they already have had it fixed with the IMS retrofit, cheap easy fix for a supercar. Look at BAT now, no more of these going for this price.

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