Porsche 911 Carrera: One last time

However, because Trivikram – who graciously lent us his car – thought that wasn’t enough, he specified it with a Porsche stripe running along the centre of the car, a permanent full-size spoiler instead of the automatic folding one, and the best bit, a short throw manual shifter. Now, I’ve driven the latest 991 generation of the 911 with the electronic steering in Abu Dhabi earlier this year. And immediately, I could enjoy the hydraulic steering of this old, or rather, current 911.

On this road with these curves, this car was hanging on to corners like a retired government official hanging on to official accommodation. Which a lot of cars would do, but the 911 takes the feel, sensations and feedback from the steering and the pedals to an entirely different level.

Then, of course, there’s that very closely spaced, short-throw six-speed manual gearbox. It reiterates the fact that if you have a nice stick-shifter, you really don’t need anything else. Which would have been true if I hadn’t already driven the new 911 with the new PDK transmission. You miss out on the sheer joy of a stick-shifter, but the PDK is the most intuitive and effective transmission on the planet.