lets bump this up
I too love the 996, it's presence in motorsport had a big effect on me as a teen. I remember watching first-hand as 996 Turbos, GT2s and GT3s blew away Ferrari 355s and 360s in tarmac rallies etc.
Here's a hellishly loud 996 RS from the Bathurst 24 hour (the event that cemented my love for endurance racing and exotica):
and at night:
this one still runs in the Australian GT championship:
"We're society's crowbar. They hate us, they never want to acknowledge the dirty jobs they give us to do, but when the job is done they never throw us away - they just slip us back in the toolbox until they need us the next time. And there will always be a next time."-Jim Hooper. Beneath the Visiting Moon: Images of Combat in Southern Africa
A guy I know recently picked up a 996...your basic 1st gen silver Carrera 6 spd. He's not really a car guy and he can be kind of a dick, so I didn't say anything about IMS and RMS issues to him. Just congratulated him on what is in reality a very nice car.
I actually like the plain jane basic C2 looks.
It sounds good, too.