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Porsche 996 Turbo road test.

What a way to travel.

I had the real pleasure December 2001 to drive one of these 1200 kilometres from Strasbourg to the U.K. I was driving on my own so had no problems with passenger seat speed restrictions. It was a beautiful, 10,000km 2001 example, in seal grey metallic, but ideally should have been in invisible paint.

This car is absolutely superb at covering the miles, it eats them up at a rate you just would not believe. I have driven quite a lot of Porsche across Europe and enjoyed the freedom of German Autobahns in all of them. No other car I have driven enabled me to continuously drive, hour after hour at any speed appropriate.photo Porsche 996 Turbo seal grey metallic

Quiet and refined even at 270+kmh, its only the fact that the roads that usually seem straight are no longer straight , they are quit twisty that gives the game away.

This is a car you can do anything in. It has the basic Porsche qualities that I personally appreciate, you can trundle through town, fly down the Autobahn, always with a feeling of absolute security.

A superb chassis, steering , brakes are brilliant, seats great for me (needs a radar detector - if you plan on 280kph past dark blue Citroens with two French Policemen inside). The downside is that it is so damned good that it doesn't feel exciting in the way most imagine.

 

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This is a well mannered, superbly engineered supercar my mum could drive (goodness help us) and she would never know what it really is.
I liked it, fantastic.

If you can afford one, go for it.

Adrian Crawford.

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