From the Editor…
UP FRONT… Bennett reckons that his 996 Carrera C2 is within touching distance of GT3 greatness. True? Or is he just making a virtue out of a necessity?
Way back in 2006, when I started on 911 & Porsche World, I got the opportunity to spend some serious seat time in a freshly restored 2.7 Carrera RS. I commented in this same slot, at the front of the mag, that I was ‘now truly experienced in the ways of the 911.’ It was a memorable experience and I’ve driven a few since, but I remember feeling gratified that it wasn’t actually so far removed from my own Carrera 3.2, or a humble 911SC, and that a lot of the thrill came from its rarity, value and that RS badge.
Aboard my humble 996 C2, I should have felt rather short-changed…
And I had a similar epiphany in this issue returning from Gmund Cars after a day punting a 996 GT3 and 996 GT3 RS around some great Yorkshire roads for this issue’s front cover test. Aboard my humble 996 Carrera 2, I should have felt rather short-changed, but I didn’t. In fact I couldn’t stop smiling. All three cars rolled down the same production line, use largely the same narrow body shell and largely the same underpinnings and, get this, the Carrera 2 is actually lighter than either of them. Sure, my C2 is lacking the legendary Mezger engine, but hell it will still pull a sub 5sec 0–60mph and 175mph seems fast enough to me. In terms of driving it gets within 5% of the two GTs for a fraction of the price. We give Porsche a hard time for rationing the GT and RS models, but Porsche is still the everyman sports car co and for that we should be very grateful, I guess. That my £13k 996 can get close to a £169,000 GT3 RS is a reason to be cheerful in these times of crazy values.
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