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The Porsche 996 is the internal designation for the Porsche 911 model manufactured with first model year 1999 and last 2004. It was replaced by the Type 997 in model year 2005.

At its debut, the 996 featured the most significant changes to the Carrera model since its 1963 introduction; the most significant change with this new iteration is the water-cooled engine replacing the previously air-cooled engine. Progressively stringent noise regulations, environmental concerns, a higher expectation for refinement and a high-performance 4 valveper cylinder engine made the switch necessary. Other changes include a completely new platform having a sleeker body with a more steeply raked windshield and re-designed interior. More on the Porsche 996 chassis here...