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1996 Porsche 911 Review

A legacy.

Reviewed by Automotive on


The 1996 Porsche 911 is a luxury sports coupe manufactured by the German automaker. Since its introduction in 1963, it has continuously been made in Porsche AG’s factory in Germany. It's popular for its distinctive design, independent rear suspension, and the rearward position of the engine.

Through its production life, the Porsche 911 has been modified several times by the factory itself and by private teams for rallying, racing, and competing in other automotive competitions. It's one of the most successful competition cars ever and even won the coveted Le Mans trophy in 1979.

The Range

Body Styles: coupe
Engines: 3.6-liter H-6
Transmissions: six-speed manual, four-speed automatic
Models: Porsche 911 Carrera, Porsche 911 Carrera 4, Porsche 911 Carrera Targa, Porsche 911 Carrera 4S, Porsche 911 Turbo

What's New

The 1996 Porsche 911 is now available in a Trick Targa model, and the engines have been revised in order to provide more power at the mid-rev band. A new Carrera 4S model is also introduced this year. It provides the looks of the Turbo without the performance or the high price tag.

The 1996 Porsche 911 has bigger wheels than previous models and is also fitted with Litronic headlights. A new interior color is available this year, complemented by new stereos and exterior colors. The remote keyless entry system also gets revised to include an immobilizer feature.


The 1996 Porsche 911 carries forward the same familiar design from previous generations. The original design can be traced back to Ferdinand Porsche’s sketches in 1959. In fact, even the dimensions of the sports coupe remains more or less the same since it was introduced several decades ago.

The 1996 Porsche 911 is a little bigger than it was the previous year. It has a wheelbase of 89.4 inches, and an overall length of 167.7 inches. The coupe has a width of 68.3 inches, and the convertible has a width of 70.7 inches.


The 1996 Porsche 911 is a luxury sports coupe, and this shows in the interior. Space is not a problem inside, and the quality can only be matched by that of other German sports cars. Nevertheless, most customers would gladly overlook any minor problems because what matters most when discussing a 911 is its performance.

Performance & Handling

The basic 1996 Porsche 911 comes with a normally-aspirated, 3.6-liter horizontally-opposed, six-cylinder engine mounted at the rear. This newly-revised engine can deliver 282 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque. The Turbo gets a turbocharged version of the same engine, delivering 400 horsepower and 400 lb-ft of torque. The basic engine can be mated to a manual gearbox or an automatic one, but the twin-turbocharged engine can only be mated to a six-speed manual gearbox.

For the 1996 Porsche 911, performance is one of the biggest virtues. The pedigree can only be matched by other European luxury brands like Ferrari. Nevertheless, this generation is a lot more refined and easier to handle than the older ones.


The 1996 Porsche 911 doesn't have any crash test information available.

EPA Fuel Economy

Porsche 911 Turbo: 13/19 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Superb performance
  • Nimble and easy steering and handling
  • Legacy and image of a Porsche

You Won't Like

  • High price, especially for the 911 Turbo

Sum Up

A legacy.

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