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2008 Porsche 911 Type 997 Turbo Cabriolet
Chassis no. WP0ZZZ99Z8S786590

Representing a major step forward, the Type 996 version of Porsche's perennial 911, introduced in 1997, really did justify its maker's claims to be 'all new'. With the 996's introduction, Porsche finally adopted water cooling for the flat-six engine, which remained behind the rear wheels of a car that shared no panels with its immediate predecessor and was longer, wider, and higher than before. Devotees of the 911 Turbo had to wait a few years before they could get their hands on the 996 version, which did not arrive until the autumn of 1999. The new 3.6-litre Turbo engine was derived from that of the GT3 sports-racer, featuring twin turbochargers, and now developed its maximum of 414bhp at a relatively low (for a sports car) 6,000 revs, with 413lb/ft of torque available from 2,700 to 4,600rpm. As usual, the Turbo was styled more aggressively, with a wider body, broader rear wing, and air intakes in the front bumper and ahead of the rear wheels. Like its predecessor, the new Turbo was only available with all-wheel drive.

Not surprisingly, given the Type 996's wholesale re-engineering, the successor Type 997 - introduced in 2004 - represented evolution rather than revolution, the most significant changes being to the interior and exterior styling. The latter marked a welcome return to the 911's traditional oval headlights, and the interior too was more classic 911 than that of the outgoing 996. The base 3.6-litre engine remained essentially the same as the Type 996's, while the more expensive 'S' models came with a more powerful 3.8-litre unit. The Turbo, though, kept the '3.6', which now featured Variable Turbine Geometry (VTG) turbo-chargers for better throttle response. There was also a new four-wheel drive system, similar to the one found in the Cayenne. As is the case with many modern auto 'boxes, Porsche's Tiptronic got the Turbo off the line quicker than the manual-transmission version, the former racing to 100km/h in 3.7 seconds compared with the latter's 3.9.
In developing the Type 997, Porsche had started with the more challenging cabriolet version, reasoning that if the open car could be made sufficiently stiff, the coupé would easily achieve the required rigidity. The Turbo 4S Cabriolet was announced in May 2007, with deliveries commencing in September of that year. Open cars typically suffer an inferior performance when compared with their closed cousins, but not the Turbo Cabriolet, which gave next to nothing away to the Type 997 Coupé, its maximum speed being around 310km/h (193mph).
This Turbo Cabriolet has been registered to the current vendor since 2012. Dry stored since acquisition, the car will require re-commissioning before further use.

Please note that if this vehicle remains in Belgium, it will be subject to Import Duty at 10% (+VAT) and 21% Import VAT on the hammer price. Import rates to other EU Country's may vary for VAT rate and an administration fee will be charged to prepare the necessary customs clearances with the Bonhams Customs Agents. Please note that if you purchase as an EU Company, the VAT amount will be calculated based on your registered countries rate. If you have any questions regarding customs clearance, please contact the Bonhams Motorcar Department or our recommended shippers.

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