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This beast just arrived on Friday. Im waiting till i work a little Zaino magic before taking some nice pics. The fellas at PCA thoughtfully used a sponge to wash the car during the de-wax rather than a broome like the Nissan detailer, so it only needs a couple layers wax

Its a brand new 996 Twin Turbo S. The 'S' gets the same engine as the GT2, so thats 450hp/331kw and 620Nm, and the carbon ceramic brakes

Ive never been a fan of the 996 shape, but the turbo version does look tough and menacing in the flesh. The wheels are a darker finish, almost like the Z Ann rims, so sets off the metallic black really well.

Power is crazy, though still not as quick as the SL55 imo. You have to wait for the turbos to spool up, then it just launches and pegs u to the seat. The SL55 pegs u to the seat off idle lol. And the 360, well that feels slower than both, but it sounds the best :shiftdrive:

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NIIICE car man..... when will you guys get the F430??? Can we check it out personally?! :)

cheers,

richie
 

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Jealous.. I vote +1 for TPIACE to be bumped from the board..

:jk:

Nice car. Ahh well back to the Z
 

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Power is crazy, though still not as quick as the SL55 imo. You have to wait for the turbos to spool up, then it just launches and pegs u to the seat. The SL55 pegs u to the seat off idle lol.

The 996 Turbo S should runs 400m in about 12sec flat, while the SL55 in high 12s. So there should be close to 1sec difference between the two over 400m which should be a significant advantage to the Porsche (ie. around 10 car-lengths).

Though, what you're probably feeling is the torque at low revs ... that's what gives you that immediate shove you're desribing. Though, that is not what makes a car utimately quick ... for that you need top-end power.

Have you got a tiptronic or manual?

ps. Why not get the new 997 instead? The 997 Carrera S not only looks awesome, but is also already very quick ... maybe not GT2 quick, but the GT2 is in a 8 years old body now. Not that I would remotely turn down a 996 GT2.
 

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Turbo vs SL55 down the 1/4 is all very well in theory but the SL55 isnt stock. It has the Brabus ECU mod to pump out a claimed 50kw at the engine

The 997 is nice, but the Carrera is kinda run of the mill and nowhere near as exclusive as the turbo s. This is number 4 of 4 Turbo S convertibles in the country. The last 993 Turbo we had was the S model as well, so when the 997 S comes out, then itll be upgraded.

Its a triptronic, which wouldnt be my choice, but the old man prefered the auto to drive during the day. Its not a bad transmission, but i still think the semi manual in my old 156 changed gears quicker

Richie the 430 spider should be coming around Jan as far as i know. Lance Dixon has already agreed to buy back the 360 as long as my dad keeps it under 6000km. Its done 3200km over 2 years lol

btw i ordered yellow seat belts from a Porsche dealer in the US, and will get them fitted for him while he's o/s next month. Should look hot with the yellow calipers
 

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I should have noticed that it's a convertible. And now that you mention that it's a tiptronic I'll retract my ~1sec advantage statement that I made before. Even if your SL55 was stock they'd probably run pretty close times, but I bet the SL55 would do it easier (ie. more effortless launch).

Personaly I've never been a big fan of Porsche's tiptronic transmition ... it's not much different to an automatic in the Falcons or in the Liberty. Nice automatic but that's about it ... but I can see how one would like it if they did not want to shift gears themselves.
 

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I've driven tiptronic Carreras, and to be honest, it lags wayyyy too much to be useful. Hit the button under acceleration, and you'll likely hit the limiter before it shifts. Too bad they can't have the quick shifts like the Ferraris do..
 

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apparently the turbo has a much quicker shift program than the Carrera's, as well as a beefed up version of the same ZF 5speed. My bro had a triptronic 993 Targa and that box was very laggy, it felt like the torque converter was slipping. The 996 auto is alot more improved, but yeah ull never get semi manual shift speeds using an auto like a manual. With these high tech self shift pattern adjusting German auto boxes, its best just to leave it in D and let the box do its own work

rumour has it the 997 turbo will debut Porsches new DSG style twin clutch box. And thats even quicker and smoother than a semi manual
 

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Ok dude. You are just a spoiled, rich bastid.

jk. I am jealous as ****!!!!!

:)
 
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