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911 Carrera 3.6 – 345 ch [2009 à 2011]

Which is the Better First Porsche? 996.2 C4S Versus 997.2 C2

The unloved 996 or the refined 997? There are plenty of reasons to love both, and a few reasons to dislike them, too. In this very detailed review, we learn a little more about the characters of these two generations, and why the 996 might offer plenty of thrills if the prospective buyer can appreciate or look past the divisive looks.

The Redheaded Stepchild

The 996 is showing its age. Bushings do wear out with these cars reaching the twenty-year mark, and of course, there are the IMS issues which scare some off. It rides roughly, and the styling is generally disliked.

That said, there are plenty of visual points to appreciate with this aero-kitted 996 C4S. Some find it a stunning car, and there’s no denying a 996 C4S still turns a few heads when purring down the street. With the 993-esque reflector strip at the rear, the Turbo’s widebody, and the gaping intakes at the front, there’s plenty to like. Why the 996 gets as much flak for its appearance as it does it beyond me, though the maintenance issues I fully understand.

The haunches, wing, and central strip look great.

It’s also a very thrilling, active-in-your-hands style of machine. The lively steering, bouncy nose, and classic 911’s idiosyncrasies make it a thrilling machine to drive. In fact, the owner of the 997.2, Stephen, feels the driving dynamics of the two aren’t so different.

The Favored Younger Sibling

The 997.2’s looks are more conventional, and that’s enough to change the general perception of the generation. There’s more to it than that. The new engine, the DFI, which loses the troublesome intermediate shaft. It also revs better; pulling harder to the redline than the 996’s motor does.

The 997 also sports PASM, and as a result, it’s a little more versatile in the real world. Additionally, it’s lighter and nearly as powerful, which makes the 997.2 the quicker car in a straight line. Though its steering lacks a little feel, comparatively speaking, the 997.2 might be the better car on a daily basis.

Over a bumpy road, the softer 997 might have the edge.

Is the 997 worth the extra money? Perhaps—due to the general perception of the car, it ought to maintain its prices a bit better. Either way, these two are wonderful cars with their own strengths, and neither should get overlooked.


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Sales Spotlight: Porsche 997.2 Carrera

If our Porsche 997.2 Ultimate Guide from a couple of weeks ago has started your search for the first Neunelfer with direct fuel injection, this week’s Sales Spotlight may have just found the car for you.

This 2009 Porsche 911 Carrera – finished in GT Silver with a black leather interior, a desirable combination – has done just 34,000 miles from new and is currently available from independent specialist, RSJ Sports Cars.

Sitting on the optional 19-inch Sport Design alloys, RSJ’s 997.2 Carrera looks immaculate, as you would expect from such a low mileage example. Inside, the seat bolsters look to be wearing especially well, suggesting this car has led a cherished existence with its previous owners.


While the six-speed manual gearbox would be the purists’ choice for a 997.2 C2, this particular example comes with the first production iteration of Porsche’s PDK transmission, making it an excellent everyday proposition.

Although an entry-level model at the time of its release, this 2009 Carrera still has a number of desirable additions to the spec sheet too, including sports seats (providing an increased bolster size of the standard seats) and the performance enhancing Sports Chrono package.

The car’s usability is boosted further with cruise control and a rear wiper. The latter may sound inconsequential but anyone who has driven a modern 911 with one will know how useful it turns out to be (especially with the UK’s climate).


So, a DFI-engined Porsche 911 with everyday usability, a number of choice options, and less than 35,000 miles on the clock; the price must surely reflect all this?

Well, at £39,000, RSJ Sports Cars seemingly have a bit of a bargain on their hands here. That’s just over half the price of a brand new Porsche 991.2 Carrera. And you get all the thrills of a naturally aspirated flat six instead.

To see more of this Porsche 997.2 Carrera, or the host of other Porsche 911s in their stock, check out RSJ Sports Cars’ website now.



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Porsche 997.2 Carrera ultimate guide

Ever since the 964 arrived back in 1989, there has been a decision to make before signing on the dotted line for a new Neunelfer, and that’s whether to choose a car driven by two wheels or four.

Capable as it is, the latter usually brings with it a penalty in terms of weight and complexity, so if all-weather security isn’t a priority and you prefer an arguably purer 911 experience, then rear-wheel drive it is.

Fast forward 20 years and that decision brings us to the 997 Carrera 2 in Gen2 form, a model launched for the 2009 model year and one that was to introduce 911 buyers to some new technology.


The changes for the Gen2 began at the back where the chain-driven 3.6-litre flat six boasted improvements in both power and torque over the first-generation car. An extra 15bhp and 20Nm respectively boosted outputs to a very useful 345bhp and 390Nm, resulting in a 0-62mph time of 4.9 seconds and a 179mph top speed.

Of lightweight alloy construction, the revised unit featured chain-driven camshafts with VarioCam Plus variable valve timing and lift on the inlet side, and a dry sump lubrication system with electronically controlled on-demand pumping to improve efficiency.

The real interest, though, came with the addition of the DFI system, which injected fuel at up to 120 bar and allowed a notably higher 12.5:1 compression ratio.

997-2-interiorEuro 5 compliant, the new unit boasted a reduction in CO2 emissions of nine per cent and six per cent better economy in manual form; claimed figures were now 225g/km and 29mpg combined.

Impressively reliable and with no bankrupting IMS or bore-scoring issues to worry about, there’s few concerns for the buyer as long as the example you’re looking at is accompanied by a detailed service history and a fat wad of bills.

With the last cars barely four years old, regular maintenance at an OPC is quite likely, but specialist servicing isn’t prohibitive, with RPM Technik charging £375 for a 20,000- mile check and £953 for the bigger 60,000-mile service.

To read our ultimate Porsche 997.2 Carrera buyer’s guide in full, pick up Total 911 issue 144 in store today. Alternatively, order your copy online for home delivery, or download it straight to your digital device now.



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