According to August Achleitner, Porsche's Head of Technical Product Planning, Vehicle Concepts, and Package comprising Special Projects, it was time to "break with old practices." The carmaker commemorates the 25th anniversary of 911, which foreshadowed the future, and Achleitner served as the strategic leader of the 996 vehicle idea. Porsche enthusiasts would be familiar with the connection between the original Boxster Roadster, internally known as the 986, and the 911 from the 996 era. The two vehicles had a close relationship in that many elements were shared; the interiors of the Boxster and the 996 were similar. Join us in this post by Porsche of Colorado Springs as we celebrate the 25 years of the 996-generation Porsche 911.
At the 1997 IAA International Motor Show in Frankfurt, fans were astounded when they first saw it. It was a vehicle that flouted several rules. Everything was brand-new except for the legendary 911 design's significant modifications and the rear-engined drive concept. The interiors of the 996 and the Boxster were identical to B-pillars thanks to a ground-breaking parts-sharing concept with the 986-generation Boxster that utilized water cooling rather than air conditioning. The boxer principle of the six-cylinder engine remained unaltered. The engineers' and designers' willingness to flip many other ideas on their heads was something fresh.
As August Achleitner puts it, it was time to "break with old patterns." Porsche required a vehicle in a lower price range to boost sales. Using elements from the original Porsche Boxster, the 996's engine was discussed. Porsche switched from the previous two-valve, air-cooled design to the new water-cooled, four-valve boxer engine due to strict pollution requirements and other issues.
According to Achleitner, "the program anticipated that we would sell a combined total of at least 30,000 units of both cars with a satisfactory return on investment." The plan was successful; Porsche sold more than 30,000 911s from the 996 generations each year, with overall sales of 50,000–60,000 units.
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