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Porsche 911, Porsche Carrera GT, Coupe, Convertible
#1306 of 2175 Re: The Focus [designman]
Jan 20, 2007 (9:40 am)
I thought I’d be into a 997 this year but the older ones keep beckoning. I tell you one thing, if I come across the right 993 Turbo, I just might have a hard time turning it down.
You need to meet my brother. He owns a pristine 1996 993 Turbo 4. And, I have to admit, it is both extraordinarily beautiful and a great embelishment of what Porsche is all about. It is a deep maroon metallic that looks like it radiates in the right light. From the "Ultimate History of Porsche" by Stuart Gallagher:
"Some say that with the introduction of the water-cooled 911 in 1997 the 911's soul was destroyed. If that is true, then there was no better way for the air-cooled generation to sign off than with the ultimate air-cooled 911, the 993-generation Turbo 4."
For what it's worth, even though he drives it regularly, it is maintained in show quality condition and would sell for well over $100,000. He was casually offered $125,000 for it at the Pebble Beach show last year - and it wasn't even entered!
Good luck in your quest.
#1307 of 2175 Re: The Focus [designman]
Jan 20, 2007 (12:36 pm)
I have been an activist for the design and engineering of the 914 once I was able to drive, some 30 years ago. Though they have been dubbed"The ugly duckling of all porsche" the design, the low center of gravity.. it just makes perfect sense.
#1308 of 2175 Re: The Focus [redsoxgirl]
Jan 20, 2007 (12:44 pm)
Yet, without water cooling... how could Porsche achieve 480 BHP from a boxer engine? Change is the only constant in life. Once my warranty runs out, I plan to install the larger VTG's, the bigger exhuast system and upgrade the software on my 07 997 turbo to pull 606 BHP... if not more.
#1309 of 2175 Re: don't ask [jerseyguy1]
Jan 20, 2007 (12:49 pm)
Nothing can compare to the sound of those twin turbines sucking wind and the feel of your body being pressed solidly back against your sport seat as the road ahead seems to leap at you in a quantum manner.. to say it isnt worth the money to purchase a 07 997 turbo is to say you would rather buy a ticket for a roller coaster and enjoy the ride only once.
#1310 of 2175 Re: The Focus [designman]
Jan 20, 2007 (12:54 pm)
For some reason, and I am not sure why yet, many wives do not understand the bond between man and machine...
I say build the three car garage as I have, keep two old Porches' and save one bay for restoration of your next acqusition , as I do.
#1311 of 2175 Why did YOU buy a Porsche?
Jan 20, 2007 (1:08 pm)
Did you purchase your expensive car to impress people?
did you buy it because you are in a mid life crisis?
or did you buy it because you desire speed and performance to which there is no equivalence?
I have been a porsche owner.. of many many models, for over 30 years now. I buy them to drive them. I drive them to push the envelope. To travel at .33 the speed of sound is an amazing thing if you ever get the chance. I think anyone who loves speed should get that chance at least once.
thus ends my diatribe.
#1312 of 2175 Re: don't ask [jerseyguy1]
Jan 20, 2007 (4:18 pm)
Seriously considering an '07, just cannot decided between a base and an "S".
I now have an '07 C2S Cab, but I placed the very first deposit on a '97 Boxster... I placed it in 1994! Most of the folks at the dealership didn't even know what I was talking about. With the Boxster's first debut, there was no S variant, and while the car had incredible handling, and produced ear-to-ear smiles with its exhaust howl at upper RPM's, I can tell you that more power would have been most welcomed. The later S was a natural for the Boxster.
I continue to believe that once you've got the model Porsche picked out that you want, and the body style (Coupe, Cabriolet, etc.), at that point you should opt for the most power you can get.
In fact, some might even suggest that you first get as much power as you want, and THEN go with the body style choices that would be available.
I loved that original '97 Boxster, but it sorely lacked enough power for my tastes. I recently purchased a Lotus Elise Sport and I can tell you that few cars on the planet can out-handle it in the twisties. Lotus just introduced the '07 Exige S with even more power, and I know that it will be a superb handling car. However, after a while I couldn't stand the brutal punishing harsh ride that went along with the Lotus. Thus, traded in towards the Carrera S Cabriolet.
I strongly encourage you to consider getting the S, even if just for those special moments that you will be glad to have that extra power. There is no really good reason to deliberately limit the power that is available to you, unless there are financial constraints. Otherwise, get the "S", my friend and enjoy it.
#1313 of 2175 Re: If we were at a bar having a beer talking garbage... [hotrod81]
Jan 20, 2007 (9:05 pm)
Remind your wife of the Irish saying, "You're here for a good time, not a long time".
Jan 20, 2007 (9:17 pm)
The 993 may be THE Porsche 911 to own (and I'd love to own one), but right now, the 996 is the best bang for the buck.
I'd also love to own a 997, but with low mileage 996's going for the mid-$30K's, I have to say a 996 with a set of PSS9's is tough to walk away from (I doubt a 997 could walk away from one).
$35,000 is a lot to spend on prettier headlights and a nicer dashboard.
#1315 of 2175 Driving experience
Jan 20, 2007 (9:22 pm)
I had an interesting experience today. Being Saturday, the opportunity for a drive in the Porsche put me out on the highway about 1pm. Sunny, clear and medium traffic. I have a bit of highway and freeway that I like to drive and a very clear lightly traveled road that I can pick up the speed a bit without worry of being followed ( or radar tagged ). Things just did not feel right! Shifting was uneven , down shifting was a bit difficult and I really was not in tune with my " Machine " I think today, I have come to realize that as with many other things, you have to be in tune... with your car to get the most of it.I have noticed that if I push the Porsche and shift when the revs are a little higher especially after 4500 rpm, this car acts like a sling shot. This car, I've come to realize, can be played like a violin.. if your good that day it sounds great , otherwise it's a fiddle. Anyway my 2 cents and a great learning experience for me.