The email read, “Can you fit the Porsche 911 Carrera S into your schedule?” I barely had a chance to hit the reply button and I was already thinking of where to drive the second Porsche in as many months into my first year reviewing new model cars for the Filipino Journal. I believe in the same split second, I pretty much figured I’d cancel all my appointments and justified delivering a bundle of the newspaper to Brandon.
For nearly a week in September, I spent nearly every waking moment in the Porsche Panamera S Hybrid. Of course I’d fit the 911 Carrera S into an incredibly tight travel and project schedule. I didn’t cancel any meetings. The closest thing I’ve had in owning a Porsche 911 was a small diecast model back in high school and I was anxious to sit behind the wheel.
Ferry Porsche once said: “ The 911 is the only car you could drive on an African safari or at Le Mans, to the theatre or through New York City traffic.” I don’t think Ferry made it to Manitoba but the thought would easily apply to the country roads of Manitoba in the middle of winter.
In its 7th generation, the 911 continues to be an iconic sportscar. This model is larger, lighter and faster than previous models. Sitting behind the wheel of this beautiful machine was a delight to the senses. The roar of the engine screamed, “Drive me fast. Drive me faster” as we ripped along the country roads enroute to Portage La Prairie. The Brandon excursion was a bit to far in the short amount of time I had that day. Even with high performance winter tires and a slight cross wind and blowing snow, I had to hold back a little. Just a little.
The cockpit of the 911 was familiar as the new centre stack console comes from the Panamera. And what cockpit would be without a G-Force metre. Yes, the Porsche 911 Carrera S has a G-Force metre. The only thing I needed now was a fighter pilot’s helmet and a licence to fly! The top speed of the 911
The Porsche 911 Carrera S comes with a 3.8L naturally aspirated flat 6 engine with 400hp. In my real world Manitoba highway results, 0-100km/hr was under 5 seconds and close to the published sprint times of 4.3 seconds. I’m sure if I owned or rented a test track, I’d be more than happy to test this over, and over, and over again.
On a completely different note, the Porsche 911 Carrera S is by far the most expensive and least efficient Filipino Journal delivery vehicle in our history. The storage capacity that sits in the front of the vehicle was only capable of holding 6 small bundles of the newspaper, or 300 copies of the Filipino Journal.
Price as tested of the 2012 Porsche 911 Carrera S was a mere $146,975. I think I may just have to settle with the premium diecast model the next time I see them for sale at Costco.
Photos by Ron Cantiveros | Filipino Journal