I've yet to see the new 997 in the flesh but from the pics they look beautiful; retro looking yet still maintains a modern progression. They have however been a little lacking on the power on their NA models though - the old 996 Carrera 4S, despite packing a 3.6 would only produce 320bhp - they really should be aiming for at least 100bhp/litre to keep up with the competitors...
Had a test drive in a Carrera S 997 (355 BHP) last Thursday (23rd).
Abiding impression is that it is exceptionally civilised for such a fast motor, just so easy to drive.
By this I don't mean its not not engaging, but it just works perfectly, no lag, no squeaks, no roll - no disconcerting "lurch" when yiou change direction like a GTI. Just very fast involving drive. - Feeling of total safety, security and granite build.
I dint drink wine much and for your information I could go out and get one tomorrow if I wanted ( but am happy with my golf for now ) and if I was to go get a new car I would sell me 250 grand house and go out and pay cash for a RS6 or 4 estate as its more practical. I would find it Ideal for my springer spaniel and me GUNS. As well as I just spent 15 grand on a conservatory earlier this year which is worth far more that your car. ( bye the way my wife wrote this artical )
The RS3 will probably not materialise until late 2006 - I have a deposit on one which is not actually on an official list as there are no details on the car, I was told yesterday that I can swap it to 1st in line for the S3 as I was told that will be out mid next year and have around 280BHP 4 wheel drive etc etc.
The 997 would be a drean car for me as I have always loved 911's - I saw one yesterday but had to look twice as it was v similar to the 996 - awesome sounding.
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