Dream car with a soul
The cruise control seemed rather odd. First day I bought the car I tried enabling it. Ended with me running about 180 km/h on a highway since it was impossible to turn the control off (had to put the gear in neutral and turn the car engine.. When starting it up afterwards, the rpm went to the roof again..) Never tried that feature since.
The car I own is a "special edition" which means that there were only about 60 or so made by Porsche. The main difference between this car and the regular models of the same year is that the car is lower, wider and has a stronger engine (300 hps).
If used for city driving, then it sucks fuel like a "black hole" (2-4 liters / 10 km)
Insurance is outrageously high (Gadget and dashboard descriptions are in German which might be annoying only if you don't know German) .
If driving in the countryside the fuel consumption will be that of a Suzuki Swift (0.7 - 0.8 liters / 10 km).
The V8 sounds like music. Makes you wonder why the car was equipped with a stereo, since using that only spoils the pureness of the purring engine.
The sound of the twin turbo charging makes your stomach knot in anticipation of the coming G-force. It also makes a lot of your fellow commuters' heads turn.
The only maintenance ever needed have been regular "spring service" (change of fluids, sparking plugs..), changes of tires and brakes.
Does not rust (the whole car is made of aluminum)
Always starts on first try. It does not matter if it has been in the garage for 6 months or left at an airport parking for a month in -20 degrees Celsius.
Road handling. Taking a roundabout in 70 km/h is an easy feat, as is handling skidding on for ex. wet surface. If you ever see yourself in a situation where the car has thrust it's tail out 90 degrees, just counter-steer and let the throttle up and the car will do exactly as hoped it would. Mostly due to the perfect 50/50 weight distribution of the car.
Everything is in leather except for the windows :-) Every pretty detail.
Simple controls. No nonsense nicknacks. Large buttons for the scarce controls needed in the "cockpit". Controls made for a race driver wearing thick gloves.
Fun like !"#¤ to drive!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 4th April, 2001