Capsule Review: 1970 911 Porsche 2.2S

Robert Farago
by Robert Farago
capsule review 1970 911 porsche 2 2s
In 1965 Porsche introduced the 901, the 2-plus-2 successor to the 356. The car, designed by Butzi Porsche in 1963, wasn’t a clean sheet or revolutionary design. Even so, Porsche later changed the name to the iconic 911 due to a dispute with Peugeot, which claimed ownership to all cars with “0” as the middle digit.The early 911s were under-powered and gasp… underdeveloped until they lengthened the wheelbase in 1969, and gave it more power.The extra grunt arrived in 1970 via increased displacement, in the form of the 2.2-liter engine.

Around town, the vintage 911 is sluggish below 3K rpm; to get anywhere quickly the flat-six’s revs must be maintained at a higher volume. The seating position is superb, with plenty of both headroom and glass with which to view the outside world. All early Porsches come alive on a twisty back road. Banging around the bends, 3rd gear is your friend. Keep her in the sweet spot, with occasional forrays to the 7200rpm redline, and you couldn’t ask for a willing engine– or exhilerating work out. The air-cooled engine’s seductive rasp turns into a wail. The 911’s steering becomes delicate but precise. Adrenalin flows as you blast along, unsafe in the knowledge that an overcooked cornered will feed the scenery the German sports car’s rear end.

Yes, there is that. The early 911s can leave the enthusiastic driver a little… fatigued. And although the car’s ergonomics say daily driver, there is no sense in which you could call the 911 a luxury GT. It’s really a plain old-fashioned visceral sports cars– albeit one with a sting in the tail and no Nanny to save your bacon. If you can get behind the wheel, adjust your driving accordingly. And wipe that damn grin off your face.

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  • Stephan Wilkinson Stephan Wilkinson on Nov 18, 2008

    This is a stupid and unwinnable/unloseable argument, and as somebody who has owned numerous Porsches since 1957, I suspect way more than you have, it's a statistical garden path down which I decline to go. I'm not going to data-mine, and if you feel the vaunted Porsche brand has never had major and mystifying electrical problems, so be it. 993s are _way_ beyond my area of interest in the marque. Not being a cubicle Dilbert but a working freelancer, I really don't have time to do the arcane Internet research that seems so important to the statisticians among us.

  • 993C4S 993C4S on Nov 18, 2008

    Wow, did I strike a nerve? I didn't realize we were arguing? I guess that's the problem with electronic communication, there's no inflection outside of emoticons. I thought we were having a discussion and a good one at that. As for assumptions, you can make whatever ones you want.

  • Dave M. I think I last listened to AM after 9/11, but the talk radio cesspool took its toll on my mental health. Prior to that I last listened to AM in the '70s....I'm a 20-year XM subscriber; Apple Music also has me in its grip. For traffic conditions I use Waze, which I've found to be highly reliable.
  • Art Vandelay Install shortwave so I can get numbers stations
  • THX1136 Radio World has been talking about this for a few years now. The public perception of AM has done much to malign it. As some have pointed out, there are parts of the country that work well with AM, especially when considering range. Yes indeed, there are options. To me that's what this is more about. The circuitry for AM is probably all on one chip now - or close to it. It cannot be a matter of cost - even at the inflated manufacturer asking price. Making what appears to be an arbitrary decision and reducing choice seems unwise in the area of radio in vehicles.Some have commented that they never listen to AM 'so I'm not missing it'. I'm guessing that many folks don't use ALL the features their many devices offer. Yet, they are still there for those occasions when one wants to avail themselves. Bottom line for me is it should still be an available option for the folks out there that, for whatever reason, want to access AM radio. Side note: Top 40 radio on AM was where all the music I listened to as a youth (55 years ago) came from, there were few (if any) FM stations at that time that carried the format. FM was mostly classical and talk and wasn't ubiquitously available in a portable form - AM was. FYI, the last I knew all stations - AM & FM - still have to have an EAS system as part of their broadcast chain. It's tested by the FCC at least once a year and all stations must be able to pass along the alert messages or face action from the FCC to correct the situation.
  • Robert I don't know why they don't use a knob for the gear shifter on the console like in the Ford Fusion. Takes up a lot less space than a shifter on the console and looks a lot better than a stalk on the steering column.
  • David S. "Stellantis" a woke company showing off evil ICE trucks!?! Bernie Sanders is having a stroke!!