Despite the enduring success of its flagship model, the Posche 911 model 993, Porsche saw the need to redevelop and reinvent the car for the late 90s and the future. The 1997 Porsche 911, model 996, shared many components with the Porsche Boxster, also introduced in 1997, particularly the whole front half of the car, dashboard included. This led many to question why a car that cost twice as much as the Boxster should share so much with it. The rear of the car, however, was completely redesigned, except for the rear suspension. Overall, the new Porsche 911 was a much larger car than its predecessors, which bode well for its interior comforts (which it mostly shared, again, with the Boxster). It was longer and wider than before, but still delivered the kind of handling and thrills Porsche drivers know and love.
In terms of performance, the Porsche 911, 1997 vintage, was as fast as ever. It relied on the traditional flat-six Boxer engine, 24 valves and a 3.4-liter displacement, producing 300 horsepower. Top speed was a reported 175 miles per hour, and 0-60 acceleration, 5. seconds.
Of course, the 911 relied on all-wheel disc brakes with ABS, and an excellent independent suspension, with struts at the front and a multi-link rear suspension. The 1997 Porsche 911 was a herald of the great things to come from Porsche in the next decade!