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  • Present cars
    2007 Porsche GT 3
    2013 Audi S4
    2012 Jeep Wrangler Sport
  • Former cars
    1989 and 1990 Lotus Esprit Turbo SE
    2006 Carrera S and Carrera 4S Coupe
    2005 Mini Cooper S
    2006 Corvette Zo6
    1997 Carrera 4S
    2007 GT3
    2018 GT3
  1. I'm jealous : 1. you bought a brand new 997 C4S . It failed to excite you, so you sold it after 6 months 2. then you bought a new Z06 , which you loved . But , you sold it after a few months anyway. 3. Then , just for the heck of it , you go out and get a 997 S , even though :" it is neither as controlled as your previous C4 S , nor does it put a grin on your face, like the 'vette ......"but you still like it better than any other car because it feels lighter and more alive and it suits you fine.... but it still is not as exciting as the 'vette .... but you think a GT-3 would be better if you would track the car ,except you did not buy it because you don't plan on tracking it.... You must have ordered each new car after driving the previous one for just a few weeks. If I were to buy a new car every time the ashtray was full , my wife would have a serious discussion with me . Lol I know I probably sound like a lunatic, but in fairness, I am in the car business. B) I live in NY and keep my sports cars for six-eight months, roughly the length of the driving season in the Northeast. I sell them when I do only to mitigate potential depreciation over the Winter months. I was originally drawn to the widebody and AWD of the C4S but found the car "too controlled and contained" for my taste. I bought the Z06 to satisfy an urge for a big torquey V8. My previous cars had all been 4 and 6 cylinders only with little or no torque. MINI Cooper S, Lotus Esprit SE, 993 C4S... The 997 S is to me a perfect blend of rwd purity and steering feel with respectable torque wrapped up in a stylish usable package. No it does't make the blood boil like a Z06 under full acceleration and it won't handle track work as well as a GT3, but for 95% of the time its just about perfect. :)
  2. Regarding the Carrera S vs. Z06, I have owned both cars, although sadly not at that same time. I originally purchased a new 2006 C4S Coupe which failed to excite me and I sold after about 6 months. I then bought a new 2006 Corvette Z06, my first non European car, which excited me greatly. The car's torque was amazing, handling very predictable and stable and brakes were outstanding. Although I did not track this car, I have done more than 1000 track miles in the previous generation Z06 which was good but not nearly as good as the C6 Z06. The Z06 was also surprisingly compliant for daily road use and the seats while not nearly as good as a Porsche's were quite comfortable on long drives. The Corvette's steering and shifter were also numb and notchy as compared to the presision of a modern 911. The Corvette image was also somewhat of a detractor, but one which is quickly forgotten from behind the wheel. In terms of performance, The Z06 is a monster more comparable to a 997 Turbo, Ferrari 430 or a Gallardo, all of which I have driven In fact, the cars brutal acceleration reminded me more of the Bugatti Veyron than even a Mercielago LP 640. At $75K, the Z06 is just unbelievable value for money, but at $100K it would be criticized for marginal build quality and materials which would be fair at that price point. I currently own a Carrera S Coupe which I much prefer to my C4S. Comparitively, the car feels lighter and more alive with its better steering response and the slightly narrower body and rear tire width also suits me fine. Neither as exciting a driving experience as the Z06 nor as contained and controlled as the C4S, the Carrera S is my favorite Porsche model for the road. That said, the GT 3 would be my choice were I planning to track a Porsche on a regular basis. Although I may possibly never again own a Z06, I will fondly remember every drive I had in the car and have recommended the Z06 to several friends and clients in recent years. Everyone should experience the car's performance before drawing an opinion, as this car is far better when driven aggressively than most cars costing twice as much. It also puts a huge grin on your face every time you take it out. :D Not even a Carrera S can do that. B)
  3. Does anyone know if there is a difference in the ride height of PASM equipped US model car vs. other world markets? I have a 997 C4S coupe arriving and if available, would prefer to install factory ROW springs. I realize that PASM is already 10mm lower than the standard suspension, but I would like to drop the car by an additional 10mm mainly for looks. I'm not looking for a radical change or an increase in spring rates which is typical of the aftermarket options out there. I replaced the factory springs on my 993 C4S with ROW Turbo springs and was very happy with the lowered stance, reduced body roll and mostly preserved ride quality. If nothing currently exists, perhaps the new 997 Turbo's springs would work for this application as the ride height with PASM appears to be lower on that car and the suspension is likely to be acceptably tuned for daily road use. Any recomendations or opinions are appreciated.
  4. Hmmmm If that is true, I wonder what that might mean for the possibility of a 997 GT3 in the US market......? The 996 GT3 is unavailable WITH a sunroof. GT 3 would need to be homologated and crashed tested as a different model than the Carrera. As such, GT 3 sales volumes would warrant the necessary expense involved to import this non sunroof model. Once a precedent is set for meeting NHTSA and DOT requirements with GT 3, PAG may then be able to convince these U.S. agencies to allow the sunroof delete option on the standard Carrera and Carrera S. Personally, I like having the sunroof and enjoy tilting it open for fresh air when I drive. The weight penalty and reduced headroom are really non issues considering these are afterall road cars built for grand touring and not true competition cars.
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