“I buy Ferraris and Lamborghinis to please others. I buy Porsches for my own self”
The words of this illustrious car collector will forever be imprinted in my mind as him and I had a chat about his favourite car to drive.
Many people would agree. The Porsche is the ultimate driver’s sports car: restrained and simple in it’s looks, with a relatively comfortable interior and telepathic driving capabilities.
The model that I have gotten to drive today though – a 2017 911 Carrera S finished in Lava Orange (which translates into a yellowy red in photos) with matte black rims and a central dual exhaust- is anything but restrained. Under Sports + mode, it’s just as loud and brutal as its Italian rivals and still retains the legendary grip and handling of its predecessors.
Design changes, as always, have been minimal with new LEDs smattered here and there and the taillights updated for an edgier look but the car still has that “squashed Beetle” (Jeremy Clarkson’s words, not mine) side profile that makes it look very meek compared to the beautifully-styled Ferraris, Lamborghinis and McLarens out there.
The interior, following VW Group tradition, is also of top-notch quality and the new touchscreen is a lot more intuitive and easier to use while space in the centre console has been freed up by getting rid of unneccessary buttons. Frustatingly, there’s still no place to fit your phone though. Tech-savvy drivers will also enjoy the neat addition of the Apple CarPlay.
As for the drive, the throttle response is blisteringly fast even in Normal mode – which is great to use in traffic or while cruising at low speeds- and earth-shattering in Sport and Sport+ Mode. The Carrera S leaves no space for you to even desire a Turbo, GT3 or GT3 RS and gives the most rookie of drivers the full confidence to push it, even in sharp turns and corners. This particular model though, loses the sense of effortless restraint that I’ve come to associate with the 911 over the years – the type that’s made it the best-selling sports car in Europe for decades.
So, has Porsche effectively reimagined it’s favourite child or has it gotten too far in its pursuit of the Italians?
The answer depends on what you prefer to drive. I’d prefer a Porsche 911 Carrera S in GT Silver Metallic, please.
*Special thanks to Ali & Sons Motors – www.ali-sons.com/