TG Speed Week: the Scotland Showdown
We’ve got two days in Scotland to reach a definitive verdict on our favourite performance car. Time to loch and load...
Posted: 31 Aug 2012
OM: Could you talk about the 911, not your crotch bites?
SP: With pleasure. It's brilliant. Fast, practical, comfortable, beautifully engineered...
OM: Do I sense a ‘but' hoving into view?
SP: But it costs a lot. And has the latest generation lost a little of its 911-ness? The 991 certainly doesn't feel so stubbornly rear-engined, and the steering is - though good for an electro-mechanical set-up - a bit dull by traditional Porsche standards. The package is amazingly polished and complete, but have they sacrificed a bit of fun in the process?
OM: No. It's just different. Yes, the two characteristics that historically made the 911 what it is have been engineered out: the bobbly front and the steering feel. Time for a quick physics lesson. The 911's rear wheels have been moved back, which means that heavy engine at the back can't lever the nose into the air so easily. The pivot point has moved, so the 911 is better balanced. You can place it more accurately and have more confidence that the nose will stick where you put it. I like that.