The Porsche 996 was a big change from the 993 which Porche had previously released. It was first brought out in 1998 and it sent ripples through the enthusiast world. The main reasons for this was the fact the 996 had a water cooled engine. The first time a 911 had ever had this. Rather than an update of a theme Porsche had done some thing completely new with the 996. It has new interior all new engine and suspension some said it shouldnt be called a 911.
It still resembled a 911 but the game had moved on. There were much tighter regulations being placed on car manufacturers and Porsche felt it had to move with the times.