Porsche 997

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Porsche 911, 2004 edition (codename Porsche 997) at the September, 2004 Paris Motor Show.

The Type 997, or simply 997 (nine-nine-seven) is the internal code name for Porsche's most current version of the "911" Carrera model. Production began in July 2004 and two variants, the Carrera and Carrera S coupes, were available immediately. The all wheel drive Carrera 4 models will follow in 2006.

The base Carrera has essentially the same 3.6 L flat-6 engine that its predecessor, the Type 996 Carrera used, producing 325 bhp (239 kW). The Carrera S uses a new 3.8 L flat-6 engine producing 355 bhp (261 kW).

While the exterior styling is changed, it is again more evolution than revolution, typical of Porsche and the Carrera. The most notable difference between 997 and outgoing 996 is the return to circular headlights, like those of pre-996 Carreras, with separate indicator units. The interior has been almost entirely re-invented and all the the controls are new.

According to road tests, the Carrera S model is capable of 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) in 4.1 seconds, and a top speed of 293 km/h (180 mph), while the standard model is slightly slower, with the capability to run 0-100 km/h in 4.4 seconds and carry top speed of about 285 km/h (175 mph).

The Carrera 4 and Carrera 4S will use the same engines as the Carrera and Carrera S, respectively. Visually, they rear bodywork nearly 2 in (50.8 mm) wider over larger tires. Porsche Stability Management stability control will be standard. The all wheel drive system sends between 5% and 40% of engine torque to the front wheels as needed.de:Porsche 997 fr:Porsche 997

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