The Porsche 911 (Type 996) was a new design developed by Pinky Lai was nearly a complete reimagining of the 911 sports car. With all- new body work, a reimagined interior, and the first water-cooled engine ever used in a 911 it broke with tradition in a big way. The 911/996 was introduced in early 1997. The new 911 featured a 3.4 liter, flat-6, and a naturally-aspirated engine that produced 296 horsepower (224 kW), thanks to the introduction of its four-valve cylinder heads. The Porsche 911 (Type 996) Turbo debuted in 1999 and featured all-wheel drive and came equipped with either a 6-speed manual or a 5-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission. The Porsche 996 platform was used as the foundation for two lightweight, track-ready variants of the car. The first of these variants was the GT3. The GT3 was based on the standard 996 Carrera, but it was stripped of any extraneous equipment to reduce the car’s overall weight. The car featured a stiffer, though adjustable, suspension platform as well as upgraded brakes. The bodyshell that was developed for the all-wheel-drive version of the 996 was selected because it provided greater front-end stiffening.