The Deal of the Year is the Ignored Porsche 996 Turbo
If you’re looking to buy a air-cooled Porsche 911 Turbo then you better bring your wallets. Even Glenn, who has a Porsche 993 Turbo, brought his years ago before the current air-cooled 911 price boom. Today Glenn wouldn’t buy a Porsche 993 Turbo at the prices they’re asking for. How about $200,000? Yep, thats what some people are asking for on a Porsche 993 Turbos with low mileage. Now the Porsche 993 Turbo are hell of a supercar. Its a 20-plus year old car today, but still has the performance to beat many sports cars on the road. The specs are awesome even by today’s standards: 400 hp, alloy multi-link suspension, all-wheel drive, sexy body, and big-ass whale tail. Yep, its not a wonder why so many Porsche enthusiasts like the 993 Turbo.
But what if I told you a special deal out there? What if I said you can buy the same car but at 1/4 the cost of a Porsche 993 Turbo. Wouldn’t you say thats a really great deal?
Introducing the Porsche 996 Turbo: Deal of the Year
Thats the secret. You can buy a decent Porsche 996 Turbo today for $50,000. And thats basically the same car as the Porsche 993 Turbo but its newer and has even more horsepower then the 993 model it replaced.
So why the price difference you ask? It comes down to water. As in the Porsche 996 model range was a big step for Porsche and the biggest step was taking the engine from a air-cooled architecture into a water-cooled system. Old time Porsche 911 owners hated the water-cooled switch (not so much today since all Porsche 911s are water cooled but it was a bigger shock in 1997 when it first happened). Plus they hated the look of the Porsche 996 model as well. So thats basically the difference in price. You get a water-cooled ‘Mezger’ engine and the avant-garde look of the Porsche 996 model.
Why the Porsche 996 Turbo is Great Buy
So why should you buy a Porsche 996 Turbo? Well even though some Porsche snobs may say its not air-cooled, its still an Mezger engine. The Mezger engine has an legendary race history -it was designed for the twin-turbocharged 911 GT1 Le Mans racer and is named after the famous Porsche engineer that bears his name. Its very durable and now desirable. And due to its design it doesn’t suffer from the dreaded IMS issue that effects all non-turbo Porsche 966 models. The engine alone makes it a future collectible.
But even on paper, the Porsche 996 Turbo has better performance specs then the Porsche 993 Turbo and uses the same overall chassis and drive-train. So besides the exterior body, its pretty much the same car.
And people are starting to realize this. The Porsche 996 Turbo has definitely hit the bottom in the appreciation curve and is slowly going back up. It won’t ever hit the heights of the air-cooled Porsche 993 Turbo but will be a worthy investment as well as a great car to drive.
So if you are looking for a deal, you should be looking at the Porsche 996 Turbo now.