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2012/02/04 15:05:18 (permalink)

997 TURBO S - THE ULTIMATE MOTOR?

997 TURBO S - A 6 MONTH REVIEW.



I've not fired up the Turbo 'S' up for quite a while, so decided to take advantage of the sudden cold, fine snap to go for a little run around the coast. I was immediately reminded what a fine piece of kit this car is. It may lack the vra vra vroom of the Ferrari, but as an all round performer, this car really rocks!

Central locking was disarmed, so it was manual entry and you then need to get the ignition switched on fairly quickly or it'll set off the alarm system. The motor fired up first time as always, even though I'd forgotten to put it on charge. All systems worked OK and tyre pressures were fine (N2 filled). Driving through the village doesn't produce the impact the Scuderia used to - no open-mouthed stares, pointing or waving, but there were a couple of youngsters who stopped in their tracks to take a second look. Most villagers however, have become fairly used to seeing Porsche 911's of varying hues passing through in my neck of the woods.

Having collected the car from the dealer in Reading last August, the first outing followed immediately at the Wilton House Supercar display the very next day. Since then we have been to several 997 Register outings and a few runs here and there, but as I sat looking down at the dials, I was quite shocked to see 6½ K already clocked up. Insurance was for 7K pa, so a quick call to Marsh was needed to sort out more mileage, which they did easily and for just another 12 quid on the premium. Can't really say where all the miles have been done, I really enjoy driving the car and when you live in the far south-west, it's ½ day's travelling to get anywhere, so it all mounts up.



There was a bit of excitement last Autumn when I entered the local motor club's sprint meeting at Chivenor as they were a little down on entries. In spite of there being any amount of mouth-watering motors on hand, I was requested by the local radio station to do a demonstration run around the track as a prize for one of their competition winners at half time, so managed to get Porsche a bit of publicity and to my surprise also won a couple of awards in the competition itself. Not quite sure what for, since I left early - the weather was rather cold and wet for my old bones and I've yet to pick up the trophies, but probably for being the oldest participant or something!

Launch control seems far easier to initiate on the Porsche than Ferrari - I always needed to get the handbook out for instructions on that one. Also, I found in Sports Plus mode (equivalent to the Ferrari's "Race") the car was ideal for the twisty circuit, and needed only manual down changes, since PDK seemed quite capable of dealing with up changes without any human input.

Judy finds the current car much more comfortable too, so that makes our trips a lot easier, although she actually prefers the ride of the Turbo to the Turbo 'S' which seems a little more firmly sprung.

Maintenance? I've fitted some mesh to the front PU and adjusted the boot lid, which was rattling a bit. The oil and filter have been changed a couple of times and I was initially concerned about some slight scoring on the engine cylinder bores, but I've been assured by the OPC, Porsche Technical and Hartech that all is well. The car doesn't smoke excessively and uses no oil to speak of, so I'm trying hard to suppress my paranoia and simply enjoy the ownership experience. I'll rely on the 3 year Manufacturer's warranty should anything go wrong subsequently!

Chris Franklyn (Center Gravity) had a session on chassis alignment and has given the front end a little toe-out. This makes the car a bit more pointy and dials out some understeer, which I like. It won't suit everyone since it does tend to increase final oversteer, a trait that Porsche always tries hard to eliminate in its standard set up.

This is a car suiting my needs completely. I like the Basalt Black Centre-Lock wheels and haven't found any problem removing them that a length of gas piping and a ¾" 'T' bar won't resolve. This is the first 911 I have had with the Aerokit fitted and it does seem to help with high speed and back-end stability. There's also a bit of carbon fibre in the cabin - but not overly so.

Summing up, it's a go-almost-anywhere, reliable motor, an everyday runabout if you need it - a GT car for touring when the occasion arises - and you can go out and play at a bit of motorsport at weekends, when the fancy takes you -it's quite competitive as well.

Me and my Turbo 'S' are likely to remain firm friends for a quite a while yet.

Regards,

Clive.

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Past - 924T, '911 SC, 911 C, 911 C2, 964, 996, 996TT, 997TT, 997GT2, 430 Scuderia, 997TT, 997TTS, 991.2TTS. Current -Macan S.

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    Alex L
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    RE: 997 TURBO S - THE ULTIMATE MOTOR? 2012/02/04 16:28:28 (permalink)
    Tip: if central locking is disabled - turn the key in the door lock, take it out, THEN PRESS THE UNLOCK BUTTON ON THE KEY. Ie. no need to race for the ignition!
    post edited by Alex L - 2012/02/04 16:29:38

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    RE: 997 TURBO S - THE ULTIMATE MOTOR? 2012/02/04 18:58:09 (permalink)
    Another tip- just lift the door handle and all is as usual.

    Clive, really pleased the S is keeping you both happy, I had a go out in mine last weekend and was still in love and fully entertained by it whilst not the S it's still perfect for my needs.
    Chris Franklin was out in mine this week and he seemed to enjoy it

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    RE: 997 TURBO S - THE ULTIMATE MOTOR? 2012/02/04 19:17:39 (permalink)
    Excellent write-up Clive,We must go out soon
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    RE: 997 TURBO S - THE ULTIMATE MOTOR? 2012/02/04 19:43:10 (permalink)
    Very good words Clive, really enjoying mine but not at the moment ( Hernia operation last Wednesday ) taking it up to C of G a week on Wednesday, then all ready for the nicer weather.
    Would still like a more aggressive exhaust note, wonder if the new one will be an improvement in that department ?.
     
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    RE: 997 TURBO S - THE ULTIMATE MOTOR? 2012/02/04 19:49:12 (permalink)
    Enjoyed reading, thanks Clive ! Didn't even realise you had changed to an S, congrats !! Nice to see you kept the same colour, love it

    I know these cars can easily be used every day all year long....but is something nice IMO about taking the cover off, "waking it up" and then driving it for first time in weeks. Makes it feel even more special . Have only managed to drive mine twice since new year due to work / weather....roll on spring !!!!

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    RE: 997 TURBO S - THE ULTIMATE MOTOR? 2012/02/04 21:02:38 (permalink)
    Really well written, Clive. It describes the car perfectly and I completely agree - it is very understated so you really can use it as an every day (super) car. And also interesting to hear how little extra the insurance company wanted for the extra mileage. A nice exception to the rule! I hope you enjoy your next 6 months as much...I am only 5 months into mine, which I upgraded from a 996 Turbo, so this is my first "S" as well (unless you count Cayennes)...

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    RE: 997 TURBO S - THE ULTIMATE MOTOR? 2012/02/19 18:36:59 (permalink)
    Love my turbo s too although recent use has been slim for all sorts of reasons.

    What I don't love is the massive depreciation, worst of all 911s I have had so far and I am not even trying to sell it. Am switching brand to something red with the letters 458 spider on it next in summer 13

    However Silverstone this Sunday, a nice trip and weekend away in March and then the mega trip to Imola, Modena, Stelvio, San Bernadino, Fluela and Furka passes plus famous tunnels in June then back via Stuttgart and the Ring all in one serious drive with a few other cars......cant wait for that.


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    Lancerlot
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    RE: 997 TURBO S - THE ULTIMATE MOTOR? 2012/02/20 10:37:54 (permalink)

    ORIGINAL: grover

    ......What I don't love is the massive depreciation, worst of all 911s I have had so far and I am not even trying to sell it. Am switching brand to something red with the letters 458 spider on it next in summer 13........


    Depreciation? If you're "investing" in a 458 - you ain't seen nothin' yet!

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    RE: 997 TURBO S - THE ULTIMATE MOTOR? 2012/02/20 17:43:14 (permalink)
    Sounds like a good buy as you are resigned to heavy depreciation, let us know when you are ready to sell next year...

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    RE: 997 TURBO S - THE ULTIMATE MOTOR? 2012/03/24 12:39:44 (permalink)
    Nice to see this article in print this month
     
    and Clive mentioned at least 3 times in the magazine.... thats nearly as many times as what Dereks Fiat was featured.
     
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    RE: 997 TURBO S - THE ULTIMATE MOTOR? 2012/03/25 19:27:55 (permalink)
    Or his plane.....what was all that about (or is it me)

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    RE: 997 TURBO S - THE ULTIMATE MOTOR? 2012/03/25 21:06:38 (permalink)
    Hmmm Didn't quite understand the relevance of Derek's article.
    Superb right up Clive,Tanya and I done a quick route of Tiverton,Torrington,A39,Okehampton
    and a few roads in between.Great day.We had to break Alfred gently for next weekend.
    Funny he slept all the way,Car was absolutely covered in dog hair,white on black.
    Paul

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    Re: 997 TURBO S - THE ULTIMATE MOTOR? 2019/09/11 08:56:52 (permalink)
    Hi, I’ve just purchased a 997 turbo. It’s a 2008 with 37.000 miles on the clock. It has full OPC service history. When I start from cold there’s a little blue smoke and then it clears completely. I’m told this is normal for the turbos? It still has the Porshce warranty.
     
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    Re: 997 TURBO S - THE ULTIMATE MOTOR? 2019/09/11 09:26:09 (permalink)
    Hi Jamie,
     
    Not quite sure why you raised your question on this 7 year old thread?!  But yes, It's very common for any of the fiat 6s to do this, not just the turbo.  For some reason some do, some don't and some do now and again ( like mine)  If it clears very quickly then nothing to worry about - enjoy it!

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    Re: 997 TURBO S - THE ULTIMATE MOTOR? 2019/09/11 09:36:12 (permalink)
    Thanks for your reply. I’m really struggling to find my way around the forum. Not sure how to post a new topic or question.
     
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    Re: 997 TURBO S - THE ULTIMATE MOTOR? 2019/09/11 11:10:43 (permalink)
    Never fear! I thoroughly enjoyed this trip down memory lane as I had quite forgotten about this post.
    So many thanks for resurrecting it! 
    Regards,
    Clive

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    Re: 997 TURBO S - THE ULTIMATE MOTOR? 2019/09/11 16:32:57 (permalink)
    JamieW1965
    Thanks for your reply. I’m really struggling to find my way around the forum. Not sure how to post a new topic or question.
     
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    From the forum home page - the one with all the Regions and Registers etc, select the sub forum you want - in this case 997.  Just below the top box (Club members only) is a " Post New Thread" button.  The rest is obvious after that.



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