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Catch Me If You Can
2005 Porsche 911 Carrera S

In short: Still the benchmark to measure other GTs against.

This new generation of the 911 Carrera S, dubbed 997, is a perfect example of history repeating itself. Take a good look around, and you will notice classic characteristics from previous generations, beginning with the simple round lights. By the same token, since so many new features and technological innovations have crept in, it is important to note that this is almost a completely new automobile with a fine heritage. Possibly the best news is that this is all attainable at a lesser price. So how can you pass up such an opportunity? There is no doubt that over time the 911 has become the benchmark against which other automobiles are compared. Is it the quintessential set of four wheels out there? Let’s just say that the competition has gotten a lot closer in recent times, which is why this edition is that much better—it's sort of a “catch me if you can” game.

What’s new? Overall, the car is slightly longer and taller and has an expanded envelope of dynamic capabilities. It is more powerful and offers an option for ceramic breaks. There is a new six-speed manual transmission, variable-ratio rack-and-pinion steering, Porsche Active Suspension Management and a sport chrono package. The cabin is completely redesigned to incorporate all the modern-creature comforts, with new seating options, side window sill airbags, Porsche Communication management with available DVD navigation and flawless audio. Guess what else? No more spare tire, so you get more storage room.

We want to congratulate the team that gave birth to an entirely new classic in this sixth generation, incorporating comfort, safety, luxury and sport components in true Porsche tradition. The car has sensational behavior on the track and is setting records as a factory product. They’ve spared no thinking in engineering all the details; here’s one important one: the actual sound of the car is music to our ears.

The beauty about this sports car is that you can use it on a daily basis, not simply as a Sunday car. Sure, you have to deal with a stiffer ride and, in some cases, limited cargo space. But your first service (including oil change) is not due until 20,000 miles!

Read a review of the 2008 Porsche 911 Carrera
and 2008 Porsche 911 Carrera S Cabriolet

Warranty/Service: Four-year/50,000-mile limited warranty with Roadside Assistance and 10-year rust perforation warranty.

Price as tested: $69,300

Technical Specifications

Performance Data

Engine: 3.8-liter, 355 hp, water-cooled, rear-mounted, horizontally opposed "boxer" 6-cylinder

Transmission: six -speed manual with rear-wheel drive

Safety: two front and two seat-mounted side-impact air bags, Porsche Side Impact Protection system with head airbags in window sill

Top Speed: 182 mph
0-60 mph: 4.6 sec

Braking: 2-circuit system with separate brake circuits on each axle, standard anti-lock technology and vacuum brake servo

EPA City: 17 mpg
EPA Highway:
25 mpg

Handling: independent, Porsche-optimized MacPherson strut with aluminum lower control arms, coil springs, stabilizer bar, gas-charged twin-tube shock absorbers with active control, negative steering roll radius

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(Updated: 05/28/08 SCV)

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