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Tobyone007I have put in an order with Porsche Kendal, it will my first porsche! http://www.porsche-code.com/PLHDIYD5 This my spec, any feed back would be welcome. I’m torn between bordeux red and black leather interior, the black sportex with crayon sticking and black leather with crayon sticking, both with crayon seat belts.
cymrowho needs adaptive speed control.
cymro who needs adaptive speed control.
Tobyone007I have been watching Nick Murry for a while, he‘s a dude. What’s your take on 4s over s, as that is expensive. Is 5k worth it ?
Phil_GrahamThe 992 is Coming Soon …Gentian Blue Metallic
mphillipsPhil_GrahamThe 992 is Coming Soon …Gentian Blue Metallic Can’t wait to see that colour in the flesh Phil. It looks stunning on the configurator! It looks like you’ve gone for the silver window surrounds too? Classy, very classy. That’s going to be one lovely looking car.
mphillipsTobyone007I have been watching Nick Murry for a while, he‘s a dude. What’s your take on 4s over s, as that is expensive. Is 5k worth it ?Like yourself, my 991.2 was my first Porsche. I live in a particularly hilly part of Yorkshire, with a 20% incline before the house. Naturally I was drawn to the 4S because of that. At the time I was running a 4wd BMW 3 series, and it never struggled to get anywhere with winter boots on. So when I went to the PEC (you’ll get an invite at some point) I had a chat with the instructor about 2 vs 4wd and various weather conditions … My gut feeling was 4wd would be sensible, but I actually didn’t want it. What I was most drawn to was 2wd, narrow bodied, ‘simple’, 911. I also wanted to keep the weight down – cars are so bloated these days, and 100kg is VERY noticeable when driving (4s is 50kg heavier). Chatting to the instructor at the PEC he said ‘stick winter tyres on a 2 and you’ll not struggle to get anywhere’ – so that’s precisely what I’ve done. 2s, saved weight and a few pennies (which I duly spanked on a set of winter wheels). This will be the second winter running it (it’s my every day car) and it’s been fine. Incidentally, I did the Porsche Winter Experience in Finland back in January this year, and 2 vs 4wd on snow and ice is more about the driving experience versus traction. With the right boots on traction simply isn’t a problem for a 911! And I preferred the 2wd ‘drifting’ experience TBH. Far more fun steering with the throttle ;-) I went a bit overboard with my optional extras (20k worth, whoops) – but things I’m glad I went for … heated steering wheel (I get Reynaud’s in cold weather, and having the heated wheel is ACE), keyless entry (touching the bodywork just below the Porsche badge on the boot to open it is fantastic, as is just grabbing the door handles to unlock) And the 4 way seats. They’re the ‘plus’ seats but without all the electronic adjustment (except back rest angle and height–they’re still electric). Testing the different seats at the PEC was an eye opener – the sports seats plus are softer in the cushion, which makes them more comfortable on long journeys. I’ve had a 911 from the dealers with the standard seats and it didn’t take long for them to give me a numb bum. Having a manual lever to pull the seat back and forth is handy for putting things in and out of the back seats – like the dog :) (another idea I got from Mr Murray I’ll confess). As already mentioned, rear steer is a must IMHO. Again I made sure I got the chance at the PEC test drive session to have a go in cars both with and without rear steer. It’s quite subtle, but noticable, when cornering – the back end of the car feels ‘sharper’. Added bonus is smaller turning circle and less of the ‘tramping front end’ 911s experience when reversing. Controversially, to some, I didn’t get the sports exhaust. I preferred the four, outboard, exhaust layout in terms of aesthetics. The 992 I notice is back to outboard layout anyway. The standard exhaust isn’t exactly quiet, and when driving ‘on it’ I’m quite happy with the noise. I’d give my right arm for a GT3, but that’s a whole other story :-) Interestingly Mr Murray has also done a video comparing standard vs sports exhaust – worth a watch if you’re in any doubts about that spend. I also optioned the ‘roof transport system’ and I have a bike rack for it. In dogged determination to prove the car is usable every day, I drove all the way to the Pyrenees this summer, with a mountain bike on the roof. Got some interesting looks, claps, and questioning along French autoroutes. Perfectly secure, even at ‘ahem’ speeds. Lastly, if you can justify it in your mind, get the car wrapped with PPF immediately. Stone chips are prevalent on 911s, I’m told. But PPF protects against the worst of them. I’ve got a couple of small dings and chips now, but I can also see ripples in the PPF where the paint has been saved. I collected my car filthy, straight off the transporter (salesman said “first time I’ve ever handed over a filthy brand new car”, ha!) and drove from Yorkshire to Topaz Detailing in London. 5.5k well spent. I’ve been back since and had another detailing, with the ceramic treatment (a synthetic wax) applied – that stuff is amazing. Most dirt seems to fall off the car, which makes it even easier to keep clean. Hope some of that helps. You’re going to love it. It’s the best, most fun, unbelievably diverse, car I’ve ever owned or driven. It’s an every day luxury car, it’s a grand tourer, it’s throughly enjoyable on a track day (and driven well can easily hustle middlingly-driven GT3s). —M
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