I already know I want a Porsche 911 — I’ve wanted one for quite some time now, especially after I realized just how affordable they can be. I’m very eager to continue saving up for my own 911, I’m about 25% of the way there! The day I really start searching for mine is going to be great.
I figured some of the first 911s I’d ever drive were from the ’80′s, since that’s the years I’ll be buying from. I don’t think I ever expected to get the chance to drive the brand new 991. Why would I? I certainly can’t afford her! (Not that I feel buying an older 911 is settling AT ALL. The Carrera is really the one I want!)
The first 911 I've ever gotten to drive -- The 991 at that!
Funny enough, the first Porsche 911 I’ve ever gotten to drive in my life is the brand new 991. Crazy. Never in a million years would I expect it to happen like that!!
If you told me that I would have not only gone to a launch even for the 991 911, but get the chance to drive the car a month later, I’d probably have laughed and called you crazy. But it happened, and I’m all the more in love with Porsche and the people around Porsches for it.
The 991 is every bit a 911 — I love her. She fits in the family perfectly well in my eyes. I wish I have driven more 911s so I could make an accurate comparison, but I can’t. There are plenty of magazines that have done it, though. And from what I understand, the general consensus is that the 991 is a fantastic 911.
I may not have driven many 911s, but I have been around them. My favorite thing about them? Listening to that amazing flat six engine. They just sound FANTASTIC. The 991? AMAZING. That flat six just purrs. To me, it’s one of my favorite sounds in the car world ever.
Hiding in here is one of the best sounding engines ever, I think. :)
Of course, part of what makes the 911 so magical to me is the sensation you get when driving or riding in one. There are very few rear-engined cars out there, and you can definitely tell the difference. Not only do you get that fantastic sound from behind you, but the combination of that and the RWD makes it feel different. It’s like you’re being pushed around — that’s the only way I can put it.
It’s really hard to describe, if not impossible to relay how it is. All I can really say is you need to ride in one at the very least. They’re incredible.
The 991 is a very stable car. The engine, aside from sounding amazing, is great. Acceleration is not a problem in the least, and if you aren’t careful, you’ll find yourself going a lot faster than you think you are.
If I’m not mistaken, most 991s in existence right now are PDKs. Porsche decided to release the 991 in the PDK only at first in order to get more attention and orders for the cars with these transmissions.
The interior of the 991 911 -- Very comfy!!
Yes, the PDK is an automatic. There is no clutch pedal. If you want to, you can put her in drive and just go. When she’s like that, she shifts flawlessly and smoothly and you can barely tell she’s doing anything at all.
Then there’s the manual mode, which gives you use of the paddles on the wheel as well as the shifter in the console. Adding in the sport button makes her even better — More response and noise. Of course, if you don’t, say, downshift when you stop the car will do it for you.
To me, it was odd but really nice not having to take my hands off the wheel to shift, but trying to shift when turning was weird because I’d lose the paddles. (I mean like shifting from first to second turning from a stop sign, I didn’t drive her crazy in any way — Just a little gas to see what she had to offer.) It’d take some getting used to, but that I didn’t mind.
No issues braking with her either -- These are just awesome.
She didn’t seem to have any issues with me downshifting to higher RPMs for acceleration, which was nice. She really seemed to hold gears and wait for me to change, save for the stopping and the downshifting for me. (Which happened in my first few minutes of driving, so I was still sorting it all out.)
Missing a Piece
I do miss the clutch pedal, though. A LOT. I’m not sure what it was, but downshifting seemed less effective without the clutch pedal. I was missing that feedback. Though I did downshift a lot because the nice rev matching made her sound great.
But I want to learn to get her to do that on my own. I can do that. As great as the PDK is, it is still an automatic…. You take your foot off the brake and the car moves forward. She doesn’t depend on you for driving like a manual does.
Really, I’m eager to see how the seven speed manual turns out. I’d really like to drive that one and see the difference. I loved driving this 911, but I want my traditional gearbox…. I need my three pedals.
All in all….
She’s amazing, period. PDK or not, the 991 911 is an awe-inspiring car. She’s insanely comfortable and quiet and seemed like the perfect road trip car to me.
I really can't wait until I get a Porsche key of my own.....
I really can’t wait to start the search for the 911 that will become mine. I love the 911; all of them. I’m especially excited about getting one in the years that I am — No computers, no electronics, not even power steering. Just the car, the engine, the gearbox and you. I’m looking forward to my first track day with the rear-engine layout and learning to master the art of racing a 911.
The 991 911? Yeah, I think she fits right in. She just makes you smile…. Though I’m pretty sure that the biggest smile a 911 will ever give me is when the one I get to call mine is sitting in my driveway…..