The Porsche 997 was introduced in 2005 and it replace the Porsche 996, this was Porsche’s second water cooled 911.
Whilst the Porsche 996 brought some major design changes to the 911 platform like the ‘fried egg’ headlights the Porsche 997 restored some of Porsche’s more classic features to the 911.
Porsche replaced the ‘fried egg’ headlights with more rounder headlights on the Porsche 997 and the 997 took some of its design inspiration from the Porsche 993.
The first generation Porsche 997 was made from 2005 to 2009 and there were a number of different models in the range with a total of 14 different versions produced throughout the life of the first generation Porsche 997.
The first 997 models were the Carrera and Carrera S which were rear wheel drive 911’s and in 2006 Porsche launched their all wheel drive 997 models which included the 997 Carrera 4 and Carrera 4S.
Porsche also launched their 997 Turbo in 2006 which came with a new bumper with larger air intakes and larger rear arches with air intakes, Porsche also offered the 997 Turbo with an optional Sport Chrono Package for improved performance.
The Porsche 997 GT3 was introduced at the Geneva International Motor Show in 2006 and it features a 3.6 litre flat six engine with 409 HP, it also feature improved aerodynamics and reduced weight over the standard models.
Porsche launched a more track focused version of the Porsche 911, the 997 GT3 RS which was lighter and had more power.
Porsche also released a 997 GT2 in 2007 which features a 3.6 litre engine with twin turbo chargers this gave the car a massive 523 HP and a 0 to 60 MPH time of just 3.5 seconds it also had a top speed of 204 miles per hour.
In 2009 the second generation Porsche 997 was introduced this was known as the 997 Gen II and it brought a number of changes to the 997 platform.
Porsche 997 models are relatively good value for money, with prices of some models having dropped below the £20,000 mark, although the more sought after models like the 997 Turbo and 997 GT3 and GT2 command a premium over the standard versions.