2006 Hamann Aero Kit for Porsche 996 in 997-Style review and pictures

Posted on Tuesday, 29 August 2006 , 06:08:03 byEmil

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Hamann Aero Kit for Porsche 996 in 997-Style

The 911 Porsche was presented to the public in 1994 and now rumors say the carmaker had changed some features. The Porsche enthusiasts admit the fact that the 996 is the best 911 to date. The Austrian automaker said it had exaggerated a little with the 997 model it had released a bit later. For the 996 owners, we say do not really rush into exchanging it with the 997 and just take a look at the styling suite Hamann got for it, but of course if you really want the 997, it is OK as the tuner turned its attention towards it as well. At a first look it is a little difficult to tell the 996 from the 977, but the 977 would be the cheaper alternative. The tuner offered a large number of body-styling elements, but also the engine is now able to deliver 620 BHP / 780 Nm and can reach a top speed of 350 km/h.

When the new 996 generation of the Porsche 911 made its public debut in 1997, a murmur went through the 911 crowd. Water cooling? What had happened to the compact dimensions? Not to mention the weight...

Most fans came to terms with this, as the 996 went on to prove that it was in fact the best Porsche 911 to date. In terms of the front design, however, even Porsche itself recently admitted to having made a grave mistake with the 997 it subsequently released. Whilst the 996 still had the odd-looking "fried eggs" as headlamps, the new model is characterized by the classic round/oval shaped headlamps. However, before 996 owners go get themselves a 997 simply because of these "fried eggs", they should take a look at HAMANN`s styling suite for Porsche. This high-class tuning specialist from Laupheim gives the 996 a make-over, lending it the looks of the latest Porsche 997!

This is without a doubt the cheaper alternative to buying the 997 and consists of an entirely new front spoiler bumper, two fenders with a racing fuel tank cap, plus an original Porsche parts kit including complete lighting units and headlamps (for vehicles with or without "Litronic"). At first sight, it is not possible to tell the 996 apart from the 997. The conversion kit is available from HAMANN for the 996 series models Carrera, GT3, Carrera 4S as well as the Turbo and GT2.

Needless to say, besides this visual update, HAMANN has further measures in store for all the variants of the 911 series. These include, for instance, lwing doors that have been specially developed for the 911, which gleam thanks to their discreetly integrated technology and superior quality. A large number of body-styling elements, wheel rims, exhaust systems and suspension components go to complete the HAMANN 911 styling suite. Engine tuning goes without saying at HAMANN. Up to 620 bhp/780 Nm and a top speed of 350 km/h are possible (basis: Turbo and GT2).

The same goes for all HAMANN tuned vehicles - namely that "nothing`s impossible". Anyone can have "his" own personalized Porsche custom built. This applies in particular to the interior, since HAMANN fits everything from carbon fiber inlays to leather upholsteries through to multimedia systems.