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Monday, July 25, 2016

Incredible value and performance. The Porsche 996 Turbo.

For those who aspire to own a used 911 Turbo, but refuse to spend an arm and a leg for a classic air-cooled model, there’s the Porsche 996 Turbo.

Purists will remind you the 996 broke from 911 tradition when it replaced air cooling with water cooling, hand assembly with mass production, Ferdinand "Butzi" Porsche styling with Pinky Lai design, and round headlights with amoeba-shaped lamps. But the 996 outperforms most of its air-cooled predecessors, is one of the most popular 911s ever released, and currently sells for less than it is worth, especially in Japan.

The 996 Turbo, in particular, is attractive and fun to drive. Its smooth body benefits from Porsche’s first use of Computer Aided Styling and features a wide rear stance, sporty side air intakes, a rear spoiler and handsome 18-inch wheels.

Its water-cooled, flat-six 3.6-liter engine with 24 valves, twin intercooled turbos and VarioCam Plus generates 415 hp and 415 lb·ft of torque for incredible thrust across much of the power band. Mated with a 6-speed manual or 5-speed Tiptronic transmission, it drives all four wheels and delivers 0 to 60 mph acceleration in 4.2 seconds (or 450 hp and 4.0 seconds with the popular X50 factory option). Top speed is around 190 mph.

Derived from a Porsche GT-1 racer, the engine on the 996 Turbo is more powerful and reliable than the engines on other 996 models and never suffered from their infamous ailments (such as faulty IMS bearings).

Handling is outstanding thanks to a stiffened lightweight chassis, stability management, the traction of four-wheel drive and none of the high-speed cornering issues of earlier 911s.

The interior is more stylish and spacious than earlier 911s. There’s even enough room to seat passengers in the rear. The design breaks from tradition and the materials are less luxurious, but otherwise many consider it a step forward in 911 interior design.

This pristine silver 2002 Porsche 996 Turbo has less than 7,200 kilometers on the odometer. It features the X50 factory option (known as Performance E in Japan) that boosts output to 450 hp by way of larger turbochargers and intercoolers, revised engine control, an enhanced exhaust system and a reinforced gearbox. It also features a 5-speed Tiptronic transmission, bi-xenon headlamps, a navigation system and rain-sensing wipers.

Current prices for secondhand Porsche 996 Turbos are surprisingly low because they are anything but rare, engine problems in other 996 models unjustly tarnish their reputation, and air-cooled 911s are currently all the rage. Parts for 996 Turbos are also far more reasonably priced than parts for air-cooled 911 Turbos because many parts are shared with the contemporary Boxer and they are all mass produced.

Today’s prices for Porsche 996 Turbos may represent the opportunity of a lifetime for 911 Turbo lovers and collectors — especially when importing a used 996 Turbo from Japan.

The experts at Japan Car Direct can help you find, purchase, inspect and import the secondhand car of your dreams from Japan at a price that puts a smile on your face.

Our years of experience in Japan, friendly English service, dedication to honesty, and strong connections with dealers, auctions and shipping companies throughout Japan are your assurance of the best possible deals and a pleasant experience.

The vibrant Japanese used car market provides golden opportunities for purchasing any kind of vehicle you can imagine, from Japanese performance cars to exotic Italian supercars and luxury German sedans with left or right hand steering.

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