Porsche 996 Turbo
The Porsche 996 Turbo and Carrera 4 represent great value for the money in the current market. Both offer good performance, even by today’s high standards, but which is the better purchase?
The 2001 Porsche 911 Turbo offers 415 horsepower from a twin-turbocharged 3.6-liter flat-six engine. 0-60 mph comes in 4 seconds flat and it can hit a top speed of 190 mph. Beside the performance benefits, the 996 Turbo’s engine uses a different design than the standard 996 and does not have an IMS Bearing (so it is not a failure point).
We’ve found 2001 996 Turbos for as low as $38,000. However, the average price is closer to $50,000 (extremely low mileage examples can fetch closer to $70,000). Still that’s a lot of car for less than the price of a new 718 Cayman.
The 2001 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 offers 300 horsepower from its 3.4-liter engine. 0-60 mph comes in 5.1 seconds and flat out it can go 169 mph. Just like with the turbocharged rear-engined sports car you get all-wheel drive to help it keep traction even when things get slick. The 996 Carrera 4 does have the IMS Bearing issue that can make your engine toast, but you can have an improved IMS Bearing installed that will help ensure that your engine doesn’t grenade.
Prices of the 2001 996 Carrera 4 run around $30,000 with extremely low mileage examples getting around $45,000. Bargain Carrera 4’s will run around $20,000, but be careful as a car that isn’t well maintained will quickly cost more than buying a car that has been taken care of.
The 996 Turbo offers more performance, but is a more complicated machine than the naturally aspirated 996 Carrera 4. The 2001 Turbo has redesigned headlights, but for 2001 the 911 Carrera 4 retained the fried egg design (although without the yellow lower lens) that makes the front end closely resemble the 986 Boxster of the era.
So, what would you go for? The Porsche 996 Turbo or Porsche 996 Carrera 4? Scroll down to the comments and let us know.