The Best Bolt on Performance Upgrades for Late Model Porsches

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The 996 did not mark the beginning of a new Porsche chapter, it marked the beginning of a new Porsche book. The prolific 911 was baptized and emerged water cooled, leaving the legendary air cooled engine to live in Porsche history.

The total and complete redesign of the 911 engine was fitted with the vintage plastic "T" style air distributor that Porsche has used since the early 911 days. This intake system was found on virtually all 911 Carrera's until the arrival of the DFI cars in 2009.

The unique, innovative and patented design of the IPD Plenum employs a "Y" design that improves performance by channeling air left and right to the cylinder banks more efficiently. This design reduces air flow turbulence and increases air flow velocity resulting in substantial power gains throughout the entire rpm band.

The IPD plenum not only delivers impressive power and torque increases but also creates a more linear power and torque band. Tiptronic customers even claim considerable improvements with more positive shifting after installing the IPD Plenums.

 

996 "Competition" Carrera IPD Plenum | Part #96182

 

Porsche has been controlling engine output by restricting the inlet track for decades. This has been successfully accomplished by utilizing smaller throttle bodies. This simple power control solution has been a very effective way of preventing lower level models from out performing certain flagship models, especially models with prolific racing pedigree. Although the factory engine packages are fantastic performance machines, they are engineered and developed to achieve specific performance numbers that satisfy a target demographic and compete with rival brands. Unfortunately driving enthusiasts who seek an elevated Porsche driving experience require performance levels well outside the target market.

All of the IPD Plenums deliver substantial power and torque gains, but when combined with larger throttle bodies they perform even better. All of the IPD "Competition" Plenums utilize the next largest size throttle body offered by Porsche. In this case, the Competition Carrera upgrades the factory OE 74mm throttle body with Porsche's 82mm 997 GT3 throttle body. All of our Competition Plenums are designed to perform with cars equipped with high performance exhaust systems. The more extensive the exhaust system (headers, kats and mufflers) the better. Optimizing air intake and exhaust together creates a balanced performance package that allows the engine to inhale and exhale more air thus creating more power and torque.

IPD has pioneered another new Plenum design with the Competition Carrera Plenum. Laminar flows and volumetric efficiencies have been further enhanced with our unique and innovative internal merge collector area. This completely new approach has yielded not only great performance gains but more linear power delivery and improved throttle response as well. Gains vary depending on pre-existing mods and quality of after-market exhaust installed. As we all "should" know, horsepower and torque become harder to find and typically more expensive as we climb the proverbial performance ladder. That being said, performance components yield different power gains depending on the order they were installed. IPD tests and evaluates all products on bone stock cars, this establishes a level playing field and a better "apples to apples" comparison. The Competition Carrera Plenum however is designed to work with applications that are already moderately to heavily modified. Power gains will vary with each Carrera, but the bottom line is, there will be noticeable and impressive gains that are sure to make any Porsche Carrera driving enthusiast smile.

Power improvements will be fully realized once the factory ECU/DME makes all the necessary "adaptation" requirements. This process can be expedited with a series of "hard pulls" or spirited full throttle acceleration runs through the gears. Of course this should only be performed on a closed course circuit.

Related Parts:
Genuine 997 GT3 82mm Porsche Throttle Body. | Part# TB0082
This is the larger, German throttle body required to fit the larger 82mm “Competition” Plenum.



996 X51 IPD Plenum
| Part #96174-X

The 996 3.6L X51 package was typically found on the "40th Anniversary" limited edition cars (MY 2004) but could also be special ordered by performance minded customers. The X51 engine package increased horsepower from the standard 316 up to 345.

The X51 Carrera's came equipped with a variety performance upgrades, both internally and externally, that made the cars very desirable for Porsche drivers looking for something closer to the GT3 experience.

The X51 engine package was blessed with many wonderful internal performance upgrades but Porsche still utilized the factory air distributor opening the door for the IPD Plenum to provide even more additional power.

The 996 X51 IPD Plenum is designed to use all the pre-existing factory hardware and OE 74mm throttle body. The revolutionary design of the IPD "Y" style Intake Plenum increase horsepower by 24 and torque by 22 (at the wheels).

The X51 Plenum is a direct bolt on replacement and installation is relatively straight forward for mechanically inclined DIY customers although IPD strongly recommends all Plenum installations be performed by a trained and qualified Porsche technician.



996 Carrera S 3.6L IPD Plenum
| Part #96174-3.6

>Installation Guide

It's difficult to find power for the naturally aspirated 3.6L Carrera S, but the IPD Plenum does it better than any other after market mod available. This simple bolt on performance upgrade replaces the factory plastic air distributor with the IPD patented aluminum "Y" style Plenum.

The IPD Plenum delivers impressive horsepower gains of 24 and torque gains of 22 by means of a superior and more efficient design. These gains are mainly felt in the mid range where it is most needed and most enjoyed but performance improvements are realized throughout the entire rev range. Performance improvements like this can be felt in the "seat of your pants" and will truly transform your Porsche driving experience.

These added power gains create a more liner power curve helping to minimizing the dip in power typically experienced in the factory curve resulting in considerable performance improvements.

The 996 Plenum installation is a direct bolt on R & R (remove and reinstall) procedure. Installation is relatively straight forward for mechanically inclined DIY customers although IPD strongly recommends all Plenum installations be performed by a trained and qualified Porsche technician.



996 Carrera S 3.4L IPD Plenum
| Part #96174-3.4

>Installation Guide

Just like the Carrera S, it's difficult to find power for the naturally aspirated 3.4L Carrera, but the IPD Plenum does it better than any other after market mod available. This simple bolt on performance upgrade replaces the factory plastic air distributor with the IPD patented aluminum "Y" style Plenum.

The IPD Plenum delivers impressive horsepower gains of 25 and torque gains of 22 by means of a superior and more efficient design. These gains are mainly felt in the mid range where it is most needed and most enjoyed but performance improvements are realized throughout the entire rev range. Impressive Performance improvements like this will truly transform your Porsche driving experience.

These added power gains in the mid range create a more liner power curve helping to minimizing the dip in power typically experienced in the factory curve resulting in considerable performance improvements.

The 996 Plenum installation is a direct bolt on R & R (remove and reinstall) procedure. Installation is relatively straight forward for mechanically inclined DIY customers although IPD strongly recommends all Plenum installations be performed by a trained and qualified Porsche technician.



996 Carrera 2 3.4L (1998-1999) Cable Throttle | Part #96074

>Installation Guide

Porsche introduced all 996 C2's with conventional cable throttles while all C4's were equipped with E-gas throttles. This was for the model year 98 in Europe and 99 in the US.

The IPD "Y" designed Cable plenum is a direct factory replacement of the OE "T" style air distributor. The IPD Plenum provides impressive max horsepower gains of 28 in the mid range and an additional 12 horsepower on top.

The IPD Plenum is the absolute single best modification that can be installed on these early under powered 996 Carreras and will transform your Porsche driving experience.

Installation is relatively easy and straight forward for mechanically inclined DIY customers although IPD strongly recommends having a qualified Porsche technician perform any IPD Plenum installation.

To confirm whether your Porsche is a Cable or E-gas throttle simply look at your throttle body for either a black electronic module (E-Gas) or a conventional spring / cable throttle control.