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PostPosted: Thu Sep 12, 2019 11:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

stuttgartmetal wrote:
I feel the same about my C4S
Although I’d like a jellymould 996 GT3
142k miles
I’m thinking £52500k


Looks nice!

I am moving forward with the GT3, ppi booked so watch this space..
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 19, 2019 7:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

How was the GT3 test drive, much different to your 993?

Good luck with the sale, sounds like a cracker!
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 20, 2019 11:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

badlands wrote:
How was the GT3 test drive, much different to your 993?

Good luck with the sale, sounds like a cracker!


I'd say very different.
When I got back into the 993 it felt like a luxury cruiser. But my 993 has just returned from CofG who worked their chassis black magic to make the ride perfect. And to be fair it's a C4S for the road not a track/road car like the GT3. I also have a 3.2 CS which is set up for the track and that is more like the GT3 in nature and the way it drives.
The gears in my car felt easier to engage, the GT3's really was a rifle bolt with much shorter throw. It was notchy but got better as warmth got into it. I didn't feel the clutch was too heavy in comparison to the 993.
The GT3 ride was a lot firmer and it was sniffing out the camber. On a fast straight which was a country road this was noticeable as was the writhing of the wheel in my hands. My car does this but it isn't as noticeable.
Again my car was set up for my driving in it which is not track orientated, the GT3 was set up for track and fast road. The GT3 will get the chassis tweaked though to make it an easier proposition for day to day driving. The good news is I know from experience that 911's can be set-up to suit many different driving styles so I am not afraid at how the test drive went.
The engine really felt and sounded amazing, I have only experienced one other GT3 and that was a 996.2 which gave me the bug to get one in the 1st place. Very free revving, but not intimidating which was a nice surprise. I had a 600bhp RS6 (4.2 V8 TT) Estate and when you put your foot down and those turbos kicked in it was like hanging onto a wild animal. Great fun but I much prefer the way the GT3 built it's speed and just kept going and going without that turbo hit. Similar really to the 993's engine accept turned up to 22 (From Spinal Tap - The Sequal)
Inside felt a nicer place to be as well, I was craving a more modern interior. I still wanted analogue so don't want walls of screens and the 997 delivers that for me. Oh and dare I say it the cupholders will be a welcome luxury - no more burnt nuts...
All being well in a week or so I'll have the GT3 and can start to get to know it.
So if I can sum up after the above waffle I'd say the GT3 feels more focused, more like a modern version of my 3.2CS which I really adore. Sure it's alot faster but it is still a 911 so familiar. The 993 was great, a dream car but it's been mine for 10+years and it was time to move on. Maybe if I had the space I'd keep it for special days or when I needed to carry more people. But I suspect it wouldn't get used that much with a GT3 on the drive.
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 21, 2019 8:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you!

Know those roads, test drove my old 964 round there as it was from RPM.

It sounds epic, I am tempted to do the same switch some time next year. As you say, hanging onto the 993 too would be the dream, esp as I have 2 kids still small enough to enjoy the back seats.
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 21, 2019 3:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

badlands wrote:
Thank you!

Know those roads, test drove my old 964 round there as it was from RPM.

It sounds epic, I am tempted to do the same switch some time next year. As you say, hanging onto the 993 too would be the dream, esp as I have 2 kids still small enough to enjoy the back seats.

Great roads and only 1hr from home. One of the reasons i am happy in London is i get the city benefits but within an hour can be in the countryside.
If i didn’t have the CS i would keep the 993. Unfortunately i have no place to store it and needed the funds for the GT3.I know i will feel a pang whenever i see a 993 but i have been lucky to own two over the years. I would estimate i have driven over 100k across the UK and into Europe so have great memories.
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