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
SP: Don't I remember you declaring that the 911's controls "all feel like they've been dipped in flour," and then suffering abuse for the next two hours?
OM: That was fair. But I was wrong. Because I'd forgotten to press the sport-and-loud buttons. They make far more difference here than in either the McLaren or M5, turning the 911 into, well, not a GT3, but a good GT1.5. It's a car that gives you so many options and really grows with you. It's not scary for beginners, but if you're good, it still tests you.
SP: So it's a sort of... sports-car onion? Multi-layered?
OM: If you must. In many ways, I preferred it to the McLaren. The 911 had better throttle response and made a nicer noise. It's easy to overlook the 911's engine, but I love the way the sound ebbs and flows, rising in a crescendo as you progress through the rev range. Nothing else here does that.
SP: But, aargh, that 7spd manual 'box. On the top ‘row', as it were, you've got five options - reverse, first, third, fifth and seventh. I'm not clever enough to deal with five options.
OM: True. But the 911 is one of the few cars here that places no demands on its driver and yet never ceases to make you feel special. Brilliant cabin, too, even better than the M5's.