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Old 09-06-2014, 09:21 AM
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Originally Posted by chuck911 View Post
"First, it has a seven-speed manual transmission, with a clutch pedal that the driver must operate with the left foot to engage and disengage the running engine from the drivetrain during gearshifts. This is affected by way of a mechanical-hydraulic linkage and a single clutch, somewhat like the new Studebaker (I'm kidding, there is no new Studebaker)." Oh man, that is the best description of the menial transmission ever!
Yup "elegant antiquation"
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I test drove a Carrera S in late July before placing my order for a new 2015 Carrera S. A long-time fellow Porsche owner asked what I though as the newest 911 I have driven was back in the 1980's when a saleman begged me to take him for a test drive during the Porsche sales doldrums . . . as I was their first customer in several days. The following are my impressions having driven a 1965 911 for seven years and my current 1974 911S for the past 37 years:
"First impression was that the view of the gauges, windshield posts and headlight bumps out the windshield were totally familiar. The side mirrors are perfectly placed and sort of a triangular shape fully displaying the road. The quick automatic shifts in drive were unnatural . . . but the growl of the engine behind is a familiar feel. Remember, the newest 911 I have ever driven was back in the late 1980’s. The driving feel is very much the same. After driving through north Fresno traffic with a run up the freeway to the Madera County line at Valley Children’s Hospital overpass and back to Fresno . . . the car just felt familiar. Amazing that with all the snazzy PASM, electric boost replacing the earlier hydraulic boost steering, four inch longer wheelbase, huge thin tires . . . when accelerating on a 180 degree cloverleaf up onto the freeway it felt very familiar. I really do not think I need much modification of my past 43 years driving much less sophisticated 911 cars. So much just felt familiar. I have to tip my hat to Porsche on continually improving the car but not losing the rear engine boxer six feel. I really was anticipating it feeling much heavier and a totally unfamiliar car."
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Old 09-07-2014, 09:32 AM
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Originally Posted by Scottish Pete View Post
I test drove a Carrera S in late July before placing my order for a new 2015 Carrera S. A long-time fellow Porsche owner asked what I though as the newest 911 I have driven was back in the 1980's when a saleman begged me to take him for a test drive during the Porsche sales doldrums . . . as I was their first customer in several days. The following are my impressions having driven a 1965 911 for seven years and my current 1974 911S for the past 37 years:
"First impression was that the view of the gauges, windshield posts and headlight bumps out the windshield were totally familiar. The side mirrors are perfectly placed and sort of a triangular shape fully displaying the road. The quick automatic shifts in drive were unnatural . . . but the growl of the engine behind is a familiar feel. Remember, the newest 911 I have ever driven was back in the late 1980’s. The driving feel is very much the same. After driving through north Fresno traffic with a run up the freeway to the Madera County line at Valley Children’s Hospital overpass and back to Fresno . . . the car just felt familiar. Amazing that with all the snazzy PASM, electric boost replacing the earlier hydraulic boost steering, four inch longer wheelbase, huge thin tires . . . when accelerating on a 180 degree cloverleaf up onto the freeway it felt very familiar. I really do not think I need much modification of my past 43 years driving much less sophisticated 911 cars. So much just felt familiar. I have to tip my hat to Porsche on continually improving the car but not losing the rear engine boxer six feel. I really was anticipating it feeling much heavier and a totally unfamiliar car."
What did you think of the brakes? That is one of my favorite features of the 991. Nice post Pete, enjoyed the time warp perspective.
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Old 09-07-2014, 02:47 PM
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Originally Posted by wanderfalke View Post
I wonder how many members are old enough to get that reference.
It'll probably turn out to be a very simple thing.

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Old 09-08-2014, 09:12 PM
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The power brakes on the 991 will take some getting used to . . . I kept throwing the salesman and myself forward for the first few blocks. My 1974 911 has the big S brakes which have been entirely satisfactory . . . but could well struggle to bring a 991 back from 187 miles per hour
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Great reading pete... Thanks for posting!
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