Porsche 911 Carrera: One last time

The 911 goes about its business in a rather cold, clinical manner. It’s fun. But it could be more fun. And it could lose those tame looks for something with a bit more spark. The thing is, you hope that the new 911 coming soon would change that. But it doesn’t. In fact, until you get down on your knees and inspect some details near the front bumper or the rear taillights, there is no way you’ll know if you’re looking at the current 997 911 or the all-new 991 911. So should this last drive with a great a car on a great road be something to feel sad about?

No. Because, trust me, the new 911 is just as good. The feel from the steering has gone down by a quarter notch thanks to the new electrically-powered steering. But the precision, the sharpness, the refinement, the simplicity are all there. But the cosmetic similarity is as if the 911 is desperate to hide its newness. Very unlike the Himalayan ‘Expressway’. This road is simply epic for the way it’s constructed and the breath-taking terrain it barely hangs on to. So, German subtlety driven through Indian exuberance. In the end, everything did mix very well.

The best part? It’s only going to get better. This car, and this road.

(Words: Sriram Narayanan, Photos: Nitin Rose)