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In 2002, Porsche made some important changes to the 911, the most obvious focusing on engine and bodywork. These second generation 996's went into production in September 2001 with the aim of making this latest version faster, safer and even better looking than before. There was a larger capacity engine to replace the outgoing 3.4, displacement rising by 209cc to 3596cc thanks to a longer stroke. Output rose by 20bhp (to 320bhp at an unchanged 6800rpm), but now there was drastically more torque throughout the rev range thanks to highly advanced VarioCam Plus as was aAlready used on the Turbo and GT2, this two stage cam and valve lift adjustment system gave more top end and mid range power, a sharper throttle response and improved fuel efficiency.
As a result, top speed rose whilst the 0-60 time dropped. Visually, some subtle changes were made in a conscious attempt to differentiate the 911 from Porsche's markedly less expensive Boxster. The most striking was a switch to Turbo-style headlights, but there were other less obvious changes too. A re-profiled front valance directed 15% more air onto the brakes. The deeper rear apron and bigger exhaust outlet pipes further enhanced this mild facelift. New 17-inch wheels had slimmer-spokes than before, a host of underbody aero refinements further improved speed, grip and stability. Cabriolet's manufactured from the 2002 model year onwards came fitted with glass rather than plastic rear windows.
This example is presented in Arctic Silver with Blue leather and first delivered in January 2004. The log book shows two keepers but indeed this is a one owner vehicle as the first owner was the delivering dealership and the current owner was registered as the new keeper when the car was just a month old. The vehicle features electric heated leather seats, a cabriolet roof with a glass rear window (accompanied by its hardtop and wall mounting bracket), full climate control and a manual gearbox.The vehicle has covered just 53,000 miles from new and has a full service history with all being carried out by Porsche Aberdeen except the most recent which has been carried out by ourselves in march 2010 – all books and previous bills are contained within the history file. The interior and exterior are largely unmarked and the car is in excellent condition all round.