The History and Evolution of the Porsche 997

When we speak of the history of Porsche’s 997 model we go back to 2004 when it was formally introduced to the world as a 2005 model. It was a part of the ongoing evolution of the 996 and it started a new line that would be distinct as a family within the Porsche lineup.

Phase I: 2004 through 2008

The development of the new Porsche began in 1999 and wasn’t realized until 2004, taking five years to perfect the design as Grant Larson insisted on total satisfaction. The 2005 997 featured notable changes that set it apart from its predecessor. It was given a new styling on the inside and the exterior with the new bug eye headlights, 18-inch wheels and just a touch more power. A sports exhaust and suspension were also added. The 997 was technically similar to the 996, but it was intended to signal a gradual departure.

The Cabriolet model of the 997

In addition to a coupe model, the Cabriolet was developed, prior to the coupe version. The heavier Cabriolet didn’t suffer in performance. It held its own with the lighter Coupe.

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