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Issue Seventeen
March 28, 2005
2005 Geneva Auto Show
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2005 Porsche 911 Carrera S:
Serious Seat Time in The Ultimate Drivers Car (continued)

On the track with the 2005 Porsche 911 Carrera S

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Steering response from the variable ratio steering rack is spot-on; wheel response increases at any steering input angle greater than 30-degrees, just as it did on the previous 911, but perhaps as a testament to the improved suspension and chassis, the steering seems even more "solid" than before. With speeds firmly nestled in the triple digits, the steering felt firm, precise and confidence inspiring. The Carrera S is definitely a driver's car, and it rewards its master with one of the most rewarding driving experiences ever, regardless of the conditions.

Throttle response is instantaneous and the flat-six pulls with authority, no matter where the tach needle points. Whether you're cruising the freeway in sixth gear at a lazy 2,000 RPM, or winding your way through a twisty back road, low in the gears and high in the rev range, the motor is more than happy to oblige your right foot. We recorded a 0-60 time of 4.4 seconds and earned a quarter mile timeslip of 12.9 seconds at 110 mph. Not bad, especially when you consider that the 911 Turbo (costing nearly twice as much as our Carrera S) runs just a few tenths quicker in both tests.

The engine's note is superb, and is easily heard in the cockpit under full throttle. Wind and road noise are minimal, regardless of speed. Plant your foot firmly on the brake pedal and the car stops with aplomb, no matter how fast you're traveling. The big Brembos clamp the 13-inch cross-drilled rotors with a ferocity normally reserved for Great White Sharks and rabid pit bulls - we observed 70mph - 0 stopping distances of 149 feet, an all-time record on our books.

The 2005 Porsche 911 Carrera S shines on the street, but literally glows on the track. The Carrera's true intentions are obvious once it hits the pits: this is a car that's equally happy on the track as it is the local drive-thru. It's even more happy in the hands of Hurley Haywood, who gave us the ride of a lifetime around tricky Willow Springs Raceway.

Exiting the pits, we took the Carrera up through its gears, our backsides planted firmly in the supportive seats. Hard on the brakes for Castrol Corner (turn 1), the Porsche set itself nicely for the sharp left and planted itself firmly as we raced to turn two, a 450-foot radius called "The Rabbits Ear." This increasing-radius turn gives way to a short up-hill stint, followed by turns 3, 4, and 5, all of which are a series of banked, changing elevation corners. The suspension handled all of the transitions famously and provided us with plenty of feedback. Careful throttle application is the key to getting through those corners quickly.

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