Edi­tor Ben­nett pe­ruses the archives of 911 & Porsche World from days gone by. What’s changed? That will be ev­ery­thing and noth­ing...

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Big­gest ever is­sue – 132 pages! And if the promise of lots of pages didn’t en­cour­age the mag­a­zine buy­ing pub­lic of the year 2000, then surely the Speed Yel­low 996 Turbo would. Or the Guards Red 944 Turbo for that mat­ter, a duo that we sug­gested had more in com­mon than you might think, de­spite be­ing sep­a­rated by £90,000. The premise, you see, was that the 944 Turbo of­fered sim­i­lar ex­plo­sive ac­cel­er­a­tion to the 996 Turbo, which it did, but we’ll come back to that.

Of course the 996 Turbo was a big, big deal, be­ing the first of the mod­ern wa­ter-cooled 911 Tur­bos. Edi­tor Hor­ton took the ‘First drive’ ticket to Spain, where the fleet of Tur­bos at­tracted con­sid­er­able at­ten­tion from the lo­cal teenagers in the small towns and vil­lages near An­dalu­cia. Seven years later on the 997 Turbo launch, also in Spain, I ex­pe­ri­enced ex­actly the same thing as crowds of bois­ter­ous, but harm­less, lo­cal kids sur­rounded us. Maybe Porsche bunged them a few Eu­ros to add a lit­tle lo­cal colour...

Seven­teen years on and the 996 Turbo still packs a punch, but it’s telling that the cur­rent 991 ver­sion has added an­other 100bhp to the en­gine spec sheet. The 996 Turbo’s 420bhp now merely matches a 991 Car­rera S, which it­self is now twin-tur­bocharged.

As ever the 996 Turbo drew praise for its all-round abil­i­ties and while many would protest, Chris was prob­a­bly spot on in pre­fer­ring the Tip­tronic ver­sion to the man­ual. The Turbo had the ability to fill in any gaps in the five-speed auto ra­tio reper­toire. Fun­nily enough, on the 997 Turbo launch, Wal­ter Rohrl was of much the same opin­ion, as he dished out demo rides on a loose sur­face track in a Tip­tronic.

And the 944 Turbo? Elec­tronic jig­gery pok­ery from DP Mo­tor­sport in the shape of an A’PEXI’ boost con­trol unit, boosted power to 350bhp from 1.3 bar, or in other words 100bhp above the stan­dard 944 Turbo’s out­put. “Blind­ingly, dev­as­tat­ingly, al­most ter­ri­fy­ingly quick,” is how Chris de­scribed it.

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