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2005 Porsche 911 Carrera S:
Serious Seat Time in The Ultimate Driver's Car

By Steve Litscher

(March 1, 2005)

2005 Porsche 911 Carrera S Test Drive

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While browsing the press materials for Porsche's latest iteration of the 911, there's no mistaking its identity. Porsche would like its new version of the 911 (known internally and to enthusiasts as the 997) to be presented as "The 2005 Porsche 911 Carrera." Add an "S" to the end of that if you opt for the sportier edition, but no matter the trim level, always refer to it as both a 911 and a Carrera. The Carrera name had been on a long hiatus, not having been officially recognized as a model name for quite some time.

Coincidentally enough, during the time the Carrera moniker was enjoying its sabbatical, the 911 was busy defending itself against critics who claimed the legendary sports car had gone soft on passion. The 996-model was often accused of being too refined and too perfect - the driving experience had been numbed, and the hardcore enthusiasts (and jilted journalists) complained loudly about the transistion to a water-cooled motor and the softer, less-edgy extreme makeover.

But that's all antifreeze under the radiator now, thanks to the (almost) completely redesigned 2005 Porsche 911 Carrera. Boasting hundreds (if not thousands) of improvements and enhancements, any similarities to previous models are purely cosmetic. But, the purpose of this review is not to examine the technical details or to pour over the facts and figures- this review was done to share information about just one important aspect: The driving experience.

We were given some serious seat time in the 2005 Porsche 911 Carrera S, the spunkier brother to the base-model Carrera, and we took full advantage of the opportunity. We drove it on backroads, highways, vacant city streets, and the infamous Willow Springs Raceway in Rosamond, California.

We scored a few laps with motorsports legend Hurley Haywood, and let's just say there's really no experience like that of roaring through the 900-foot radius that is turn 8 with Hurley's foot firmly holding the gas pedal to the floor, while we were hanging on for dear life, praying to anything and everything holy that Haywood will get us through the corner in one piece (he does, everytime). If there's a more exciting ride anywhere on the planet, we're not aware of it.

But before we talk about what would later become known as "the Haywood incident," let's focus on our driving impressions and experiences. Slipping into the 2005 Porsche 911 Carrera S (let's agree to refer to it as either "the Carrera S," "the 997," or "the new 911" from now on), the first thing you'll notice is the improved seating position. The seats offer an improved angle - one that allows for a clean, clear open view of the road, while providing more legroom. A tilting and telescoping wheel (a 911 first) is a welcome addition, especially for taller drivers like ourselves.

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