996: 1997 - 2005

Two-door, two+two Coupe, Cabriolet and Targa. Rear-mounted six-cylinder water-cooled 'boxer' engine. A water-cooled engine In a 911! Whatever next? Once the purists had calmed down, beneath the 996's slightly frumpy looks is one of the greatest cars of our time. Carrera 2 is all you ever actually need, but the four-wheel drive Carrera 4 and Carrera 4S are unstoppable. The latter, with its Turbo sourced brakes, suspension and bodywork is possibly the best value 911 Porsche has ever built. The 416hp, four-wheel drive Turbo is a contender for the greatest supercar ever built, and swept aside ail in its way during its time on the price list. The 462hp GT2 was deemed a tad excessive for most on the road, and didn't enjoy the kudos of its predecessor, nor that of the 911 GT3.

This stripped-out 911 was as close to a 911 RS you could get without actually calling it such. One of the most rewarding 911s when it was new, it's still a favorite amongst the purists but subsequent evolutions are better still. GT3 RS was further honed for the track, compromised for the road. The Targa featured the now traditional opening rear glass hatch, while the Cabriolet was perfectly at home in Miami.

 997: 2004 - 2012

Two-door, two+two Coupe, Cabriolet and Targa. Rear-mounted 3.6- and 3.8-litre six-cylinder, water-cooled 'boxer' engine. Evolution not revolution, second-generation water-cooled 911 has a hint of 993 look about it. A 321hp Carrera or 355hp Carrera S. PASM as standard on Carrera S. Interior  quality improved over 996. Turbo and GT3 models even better than their predecessors, the Turbo model introduces Variable Turbine Geometry and Porsche Traction Management, the GT3 gets traction control. At 530hp and 204mph, the 997 GT2 is the most powerful and fastest

997(GEN 2):

With the introduction of the Gen 2 997 Porsche offers it greenest car to-date. The heavily revised DFI flat-six now he no intermediate shaft, so should prove more reliable. PDK system is a revelation. Model expansion is greater than with any other 911; Porsche offers a Carrera, Targa, Turbo and C models Porsche plus four special models, too: the GT2 RS, GT3 RS 4.0, Sport Classic and Speedster. Of the 22 models only four aren't available with PDK (Sport Classic, GT3, GT3 RS, and GT2 RS and GT3 RS RS 4.0-litre), two models are only available with the seven-speed double-dutch unit (Turbo S and Speedster). Only five models are offered with a narrow body (Carrera and Carrere

S - coupŁ and cabriolets - and the GT3) with the rest of the range all using the wider body first introduced with the four-wheel drive models. Twelve Coupes, seven Cabriolets, two Targa's and a Speedster body are available. Three different size of brakes are fitted, one of which is made from ceramic composite material, two suspension systems are available (passive and active - PASM), with five different front and rear track widths also used. Four different engines are offered. Final GTS model is the pick of the bunch.