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laalves

996 Turbo ground clearance

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OK, the time to buy my Porsche is getting closer and I will be ready in a month's time to go shopping, cash in hand.

However, I need to know if it can get in into my garage, which is in the basement of my apartment building. The access ramp is very inclined and has a sudden transition into the interior pavement. I'm afraid I will severely scrape the front lip and maybe even the lower part of the bumper.

To properly study this, I need a lateral scale drawing of a stock suspension Turbo 996 and NA 996 (can anyone get me one, please?). I don't know anybody with either car that I could borrow and test, and there are no 996 TT for rent available, although vanilla 996s are.

This is quite frustrating, since I can afford a 996 TT (2000 to 2002) but may have to opt for a NA due to garage configuration.... I will not leave a car like that parked on the street.

Luís

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OK, the time to buy my Porsche is getting closer and I will be ready in a month's time to go shopping, cash in hand.

However, I need to know if it can get in into my garage, which is in the basement of my apartment building. The access ramp is very inclined and has a sudden transition into the interior pavement. I'm afraid I will severely scrape the front lip and maybe even the lower part of the bumper.

To properly study this, I need a lateral scale drawing of a stock suspension Turbo 996 and NA 996 (can anyone get me one, please?). I don't know anybody with either car that I could borrow and test, and there are no 996 TT for rent available, although vanilla 996s are.

This is quite frustrating, since I can afford a 996 TT (2000 to 2002) but may have to opt for a NA due to garage configuration.... I will not leave a car like that parked on the street.

Luís

you can always drive into your garage at an angle... allowing one front tire to touch first... then the other..the sharper the angle, the less chance of hitting the front bumper or splitter

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Unfortunately, not an option. The garage entry door allows for straight in entrance only, it's not wide enough to do that. That's why I need accurate measurements to do a little geometry study...

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Well, nobody seems to be able to get me those drawings...

Anyway, Sunday is off to Germany to see and testdrive a black TT 09/2001 at a Porsche Zentrum.

I'm not sure if I'll be able to sleep until then...

Regarding the clearance issue, I think I'll be able to modify the ramp to the garage so that I'll have no problems.

Fingers crossed...

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Porsche's internal document 'Technik Kompendium' about the CGT says following:

ground clearance:

- CGT: 86 mm (3.38 in)

- 996 GT2: 70 mm (2.75 in)

- 996 Turbo: 90 mm (3.54 in)

'Böschungswinkel' (angle of attack?...):

front/rear:

- CGT: 5.7°/16.2° (yes, sixteen point two, that's no typo)

- 996 GT2: 8.0°/12.5°

- 996 Turbo: 10°/13.5°

Hope that'll help a little bit.

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Thanks!

Interestingly, I've received mixed information: a local Porsche Zentrum said: "fully loaded: 101mm". Myself, I measured 160mm on a parked 996TT, just yesterday. Those 160mm, plus a little modification I did on the rain gutter of the ramp (using it to smooth the transition) makes me confident that I will be able to make it without scraping (too much at least :D )

Anyway, if I do buy the one I'm flying tomorrow to see, I'll find out on Wednesday or Thursday, when I'm back home :D :D :D :D :D

Regards,

Luis

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160mm??? Where on the car did you measure that? Sure it wasn't a Cayenne?... :lol:

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I have Gemballa front bumper and I have 120mm, every 6 months I repaint the bumper, anyways apart from the bottom scrapes it starts to develop rock paint scrapes, Something I learned is part of owning this car

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Yes, that too. It's 1m, give or take, I've checked that already.

Comparing with my Audi A4 Avant S-Line, the relevant measurements are:

- Wheel hub vertical datum line to front bumper: A4: 96cm, 996TT: 100cm

- Clearance, front bumper: A4: 20cm, 996TT: 16cm

-Wheelbase: 996 is 30cm shorter than A4.

The A4 clears the ground by about 4-5cm, so I'm relatively confident that I won't scrape the ground.

BTW, I'm Germany already. Tomorrow, 8am, I'll go check the black beauty :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D !!!

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