Capsule Review: (My) 2006 Porsche 911 Carrera S

Mike Solowiow
by Mike Solowiow
capsule review my 2006 porsche 911 carrera s

200km/h ticked by on the digital speedo and I was still pressed into the sports seats. 230km/h flashed by, and the scenery of autobahn, cars, and trees started to blur. 260km/h rolled by and I started to think “Holy hell!”. At 303km/h I became a laser-guided Autobahn Cruise Missile. I swear I heard sonic booms echo off the Opels I passed. The Porsche and I were melded at this point, a human-machine interface so cohesive it would take three g’s of braking force from the vented discs to separate us. I thought I had found driving Nirvana at this point, but I was wrong.

303km/h on the autobahn, while fun, defeats the purpose of a 911, especially the Carrera S. With the upgrade over the standard Carrera, you get .2L extra, some 30 more bhp for a total of 355bhp, bigger brakes and wheels. These features are not meant to go faster on the autobahn with its long straights and sweeping turns. A Mercedes-Benz S-Class will out class a 911 in this regard. The Carrera S comes with all those goodies so when you get to those hidden back roads that linger just past the wall of trees off the A1, you discover the true magic that Porsche engineers into the 911.

I pulled off the A1 onto the L-149, a tight, twisty, scary piece of broken tarmac near the Mosel River Valley. Off camber turns, steep climbs, trees everywhere, and random Ford Fiestas ejecting themselves onto the roadway make the L-149 a free version of the legendary Nürburgring. It was here that I learned what Porsche really means. The faster I pushed the car, the more it pushed me. From the precise steering, to the unflappable suspension, to the seats that cradle you like an astronaut bound for Mars, everything about the car made me feel like a driving god. Screw the autobahn, I will now be commuting to work on the backroads.

However, when I pulled into my driveway, shut her down, and started to unpack my suitcases, I realized, no car will ever reach perfection, they can only excite that petrol gene in your head to such an extreme that everything else is forgiven. The jaunt down the L-149 made me forget about the useless cupholders, the sat-nav that thinks “Traffic Circle Errors” is the English equivalent to “Traffic Jam”, the tiny Asian torture buttons that are impossible to push at 200km/h, and a steering wheel that blocks my oil pressure gauge.

The 997 version of the 911 is Nirvana . . . until the next one comes out, that will most likely look like this version.

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  • A is A A is A on May 11, 2009
    If you’re going to call speeders out as “moral idiots” in such a heated fasion... No, no, no. No "heated" fashion at all. Calling them "moral idiots" was just cold diagnosis. ...I wonder if you’d feel the same way about a lane changer, in fast/tight traffic, not signaling and causing an accident (this almost happened right in front of me yesterday, I-87) Just the same, sir. I "feel" (in fact I diagnose them, feelings are not tools of cognition) just the same An Spanish race pilot said that drivers on the road should be more attentive that drivers on the track. After all all drivers in the track go in the same direction and there are not pedestrians, telephone poles of crossings. He was totally right.

  • Tedward Tedward on May 12, 2009

    A is A Ok, I can agree with that then. I raise my eyebrows when someone blows by me (although it dosen't really bother me until they're well above 100), just the same as for sloppy lane changers, left laners and distracted drivers. I assumed the "heated" quality based on your use of bold font. Overall my point was more along the lines of "calm down about it, nothing new under the sun" but that dosen't seem to be at issue now. "in fact I diagnose them, feelings are not tools of cognition." You hard science guys always get this wrong. I say you're all jealous about the relative lack of work shown down in the psychology and philosophy departments. :) That Toyota thing is still making me laugh.

  • Jeff S The Cybertruck is one of the most hyped vehicles in decades.
  • Nrd515 This is all I could think of seeing this. I saw it in the theater with my dad about 59 years or so ago:
  • Art Vandelay I have no illusions tha my Challenger was going to be a car I wanted to own 10 seconds out of warranty. Fun, sure. Fun in 8 years? Hard pass based on the 2 years I had it
  • ToolGuy Weren't some of the most powerful engines in the M4 Sherman air-cooled? (And supercharged.)
  • ToolGuy "I installed oil temp and cylinder head temp gauges on various vehicles I was driving, so I could monitor how the engine was doing. I switched from my normal 20W50 and dropped to 15W40 oil and put down thousands of miles. Within that time, I saw a noticeable decrease in oil temps and even cylinder head temps while driving in different situations."ToolGuy has great admiration for your use of the scientific method in conducting original research.