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RJW1881
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2007 Porsche 997 Turbo

PostPosted: Sat Aug 12, 2017 5:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

What model 997.1 do you have? This will be your point of reference against what you measure the R8, and therefore quite important. I assume it's a turbo?

I have driven the V10 R8 & V8 R8 also owned a the last two incarnations of the V8 RS4.

The V10 R8 is a great car, if you should buy one or not depends on what you want out of a car.

If you want attention everywhere you go, an awesome exhaust note, an austere interior and a lack of driver involvement until your pushing on at least twice the legal speed limit (due Audi's insulating you from feedback) the V10 R8 is for you.

If you want to fly under the radar (most of the time), enjoy the actual driving experience and have that warm glow of limited depreciation then the 997.1 is for you.
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 12, 2017 10:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've recently driven the just launched Lexus LC500 5.0 V8, makes an R8 look like a fat TT, and very plain. Try one of those as well if you have a Lexus dealer anywhere near you.
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 12, 2017 4:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've still not taken a 997.1 for a test drive but I have had the v8 r8 auto and I was really impressed.

Yeah all the audis are the same on the inside but I didn't mind that.

The engine sounds awesome even if it was just the v8, popping back on the downshift.

Has more driving potential and limit than I could ever need.
 
  
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StephenS1
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 13, 2017 10:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

RJW1881 wrote:
What model 997.1 do you have? This will be your point of reference against what you measure the R8, and therefore quite important. I assume it's a turbo?


I should have said, I have a 997.1 C2S. I suppose that I'm quite sentimental about my cars and I've had this for four years, seen it through engine rebuild and meticulous care.

I'm pretty monogamous with cars and it will be a hard day when I come to sell. It really has to be the right machine.

RJW1881 wrote:
If you want attention everywhere you go, an awesome exhaust note, an austere interior and a lack of driver involvement until your pushing on at least twice the legal speed limit (due Audi's insulating you from feedback) the V10 R8 is for you.


Interesting, I kind of thought the interior of the R8 was generally considered more up to date than the 997.

RJW1881 wrote:
If you want to fly under the radar (most of the time), enjoy the actual driving experience and have that warm glow of limited depreciation then the 997.1 is for you.


This is quite a big draw for me. Since I bought my 997 I've seen 0% depreciation (I don't drive it loads so mileage hasn't gone up very much at all). Saying that, I get the feeling that a 5.2 naturally aspirated V10 with a manual gearbox in the Audi will mean that it is unlikely to go down much in future either.
 
  
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2011 Porsche 997 Turbo S

PostPosted: Sun Aug 13, 2017 12:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

JFDI/YOLO - My turbo s went to make room for this... Whistling
 



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PostPosted: Mon Aug 14, 2017 4:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

chimp911 wrote:
JFDI/YOLO - My turbo s went to make room for this... Whistling


That is cracking...have you got a topless picture Wink
 
  
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 14, 2017 4:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

chimp911 wrote:
JFDI/YOLO - My turbo s went to make room for this... Whistling


Turncoat. First you get the Fezzer to accompany the 997 and now sell out to Audi what
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 14, 2017 6:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

chimp911 wrote:
JFDI/YOLO - My turbo s went to make room for this... Whistling


That's a definite move away from the humble 997.

Don't you miss the Porsche? You must miss something about it.
 
  
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 14, 2017 7:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Only had it a couple of days before I had to travel back to Germany so I still need time behind the wheel to make a proper comparison. It's certainly very different to the 997 (and 430) but first impressions are that the v10 is spine-tingingly wonderful, and the convertible gives you the best opportunity to hear it sing, growl and howl Grin

I'll definitely miss the turbo, it was (is) such a wonderful car, but after 6 years and 40 thousand miles it was time for a change - I'm certain I'll return to the Porsche fold, most likely in a gt3 of some sort, but for the time being I'll be working on my chest rug and tan Cool
 



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PostPosted: Tue Aug 15, 2017 6:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

StephenS1 wrote:
chimp911 wrote:
JFDI/YOLO - My turbo s went to make room for this... Whistling


That's a definite move away from the humble 997.

Don't you miss the Porsche? You must miss something about it.


To answer this specific point, yes I will/do miss it for a number of reasons.

I found mine to be hugely practical with 4 seats, decent luggage space, comfortable, modern interior, bullet proof build quality, reliable and (relatively) inexpensive to run, all of which should not be overlooked as I bought it to use as my only car and it so had to be able to perform the mundane tasks as well as the fun ones.

There are thousands of posts about the how good the 997 is to drive, and some of the things I will definitely miss include the insane mind-bending acceleration on full boost, it's unflappable poise long into 3 figures and just that signature feeling of weight transfer at the back when it hunkers down into a corner ready to catapult you out the other side Grin

It always felt like a keeper to me and I couldn't imagine any other car I would rather replace it with, one that could match or better everything the 997 could do (as an only car), and I guess that is where you are right now. So why did I make the change?

I was fortunate enough to be able to get a 430 scud a couple of years ago which dialled the fun and excitement up to eleventy-stupid. There is no way it could ever be considered an outright replacement for a 997 as an only car, but I found that I was always reaching for those keys for all the fun days out and European tours while the 997 was left sat at home gathering dust. It was essentially relegated to all the mundane tasks, for the rain and snow, load lugging and shopping runs etc. and this just didn't sit right with me for a near 200mph sports car...nooo

I decided to get a daily snotter at the end of last year with the intention that the porsche could be saved from a life of hard labour, and instead share fun duties with the 430. Unfortunately things didn't quite work out that way as within a few days it was clear the 997 had now become completely redundant. With that revelation and my appetite for the exotic already whetted, it was only a matter of time before I'd be tangoed... Grin

As to your quandary I would say this: If practicality/single car isn't a concern for you then just scratch that itch and go for the R8. It will feel very different to your porsche, and you will miss some of its characteristics, but there's no reason why you can't return to the fold in the future Thumb
 
  
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double post Embarassed
 
  
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