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    997 "interim" model?

    The latest EVO magazine has some info on the 997 including the latest spy pictures. It implies the 997 is an "interim" model until the all new 911, "998", is introduced in 2007. How likely is that? It doesn't make sense to me that Porsche would introduce a new model (997) and then another new model just three years later. The article says the 997 will be introduced mid-2004.

    David



    Re: 997 "interim" model?

    I have read this article as well. It seems that the 997 is more of a radical "face lift" than an all new car? Keep in mind that your just reading speculation. Also keep in mind that car manufactures do the unexpected sometimes.

    Re: 997 "interim" model?

    Wasn't the 993 only an "interim" model? This wouldn't be an unprecedented move for Porsche.

    If it's true that the 998 is only 3 to 4 years away, we might begin to see some early prototypes within the next 18 months or so. I remember the 993 was barely on the dealer lots before the magazines started publishing spy photos of 996 mules.

    --Gavin O.

    Re: 997 "interim" model?

    The 993 wasn't an interim model IMHO. All new bodywork, 6spd tranny, totally redesigned suspension, very modified engine, etc...

    Re: 997 "interim" model?

    998 is already out


    Re: 997 "interim" model?

    Porsche already has a development roadmap for the next 10 years. I doubt the 997 is an "interim" model, this wouldn't make sense.
    Maybe the change from the 996 to the 997 won't be as radical as the change from the 993 to the 996 but I still think the 997 isn't only a facelift but really a completely new product. As far as I heard, the 997 shares below 10% of the parts of the 996.

    Re: 997 "interim" model?

    Perhaps I have misunderstood what people mean by "interim" model. It does seem likely that the 997 will have a short life, if the rumor about the 998 is true. And the 997 does appear to be an evolutionary design, not "from scratch" the way the 998 will supposedly be.

    That's not a criticism. And it doesn't mean that the 997 won't be a significant improvement. But I do suspect that the 998 will be a bigger leap forward when it comes out.



    -- Gavin.

     
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