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The Ultra Rare 356 Continental

By Michael Tashjian • April 15, 2024

2024 Werks reunion/Amelia Island Concours was the best car event I have ever attended- bold statement.  Amelia Island attracts the country’s best automobiles along with the who’s who of the car world.  For our newer reader and members, the PCA Werks reunion is one of the largest gatherings of Porsche enthusiast in the country second to only the PCA parade. Along with the Werks Reunion is the Amelia Island concours D’ Elegance brough to us by Hagerty Insurance, Broad Arrow Auction, The Hanger car show, and much more.   This year saw hundreds of Porsche’s with motorsport and historic significance between all of the events.  I cannot recommend this event enough!
 
The showstopper at the reunion was a newly restored Porsche Pre A 356 Continental.  The 356 Continental or later in production 356 European is one of the rarest of the 356 generation with only 860 and 69 cabriolets produced for 1955.  The owner, who name eludes me, has had the car in her family for decades, and decided it was time to bring the car back to its former glory.  The pre-A Porsche 356 Continental which was later badged European once Ford suggested it infringed on the Lincoln Continental name, was the brainchild of Max Hoffman.  Typical of the American car market, Max thought a gimmick like naming the car would attract clientele.  Additionally moving more chassis and having yet another North America exclusive model, Porsche made only a handful of these cars.  Sporting the top-of-the-line 1500cc motor, Continental badging on the front fender (ok wing), chrome accents, gear ratios more suitable for the U.S. consumer, upgraded suspension components, and interior accents, makes this one of the more unique 356’s.  The final 40-50 cars were badged European after the Ford demands given Reutter has already punched the holes in the fenders.  
 
The example pictured here had a nut and bolt restoration and is finished in Meissen Blue exudes class and style and would be best pictured in 1955 in front of the Beverly Hills hotel with its owner adorning a tweed suit and lady with white gloves.   The bent windshield, rather larger center radio, and wheels which resemble a turbine are just a few of the special features this car has.  There are beautiful examples of the 356 generation out on the market such as the gorgeous Emory Special variants (my all-time favorite 356 and maybe even Porsche), US specific American Roadster, and so on.  But bang for the buck a Continental fit the bill in 1955 and it holds true today.  As an investment or for your visual enjoyment, I recommend keeping a credit line open should one hit the market in the color of your choice.

The Anti Christ

By Michael Tashjian • March 18, 2024
by Michael Tashjian

Top story has to be Porsche staying the course on EV’s knowing full well the marketplace seems to reject EV’s as a substitute to good old petrol.  Yes, the Porsche 911 Hybrid /Taycan GT/Mission X/coming soon variants, are hitting the market all while policy is moving in the opposite direction.  It is all but matter of fact that the EV space is going to follow the path of Phen Phen and Enron, no bueno, and will be a sector not a market.  At this point just about all major manufactures are back peddling on EV’s, along with Joe investor when it comes to a funds underlying assets (or at least what they tell you).  Turns out there’s been no real market and the minuscule parts there was is somehow contracting.  Additionally, we cannot provide the power to run them, and batteries are incredibly environmental unfriendly; shocker.   Yet with all spades on the board Porsche AG says, “alle voraus.”  So be it, and God’s speed like a hero riding his Steth into a fireball over a drawbridge in some medieval setting.   Romantic maybe, value to the shareholder over the 5-years, unknown.  Happiness of the Porsche enthusiasts, questionable.
 
Not too many a moon ago, Porsche was a function over form, reason over sentiment, and most importantly, an enthusiast’s car manufacturer.  That was then and this is now.  After falling a prey to the neocons Porsche embraced, along with all the big names (Ford, GM, etc.), to invest and frankly go all in on EV’s.  The shift from a driver’s car to the precursor to autonomy, aka. The Anti-Christ is happening.  Expectingly, there was/is/will be, virtually no demand from an enthusiast standpoint for EV’s in their current form.  I cannot predict what they may come up with that would sway even the naysayers in decades to come.
 
What do we do about EV sales?  – many an executive at Automobile company ABC.  
 
Answer: make them loaner cars and count them as sales.  Umm sure, but at some point, they will need to be sold.  Considering a Taycan Turbo S getting about a 40% discount on the aftermarket with delivery miles, this is not the best of options.  And they’ve all but discontinued the Cross Turismo here in the states.
 
 
Sure, Porsche announcing the Taycan GT this week posting a Nurburgring lap time of 7min7sec, makes for a good poster, and the Porsche 911 Hybrid I am sure to post a blistering time.  Who the target audience, though?  Not to say they won’t tailor production to meet even a limited demand, but really, who will be the buyer? 
 
Having a vested interest in the success of Porsche I’m hopeful they have a plan b exit strategy should federal regulations effectively make EV’s even more unmarketable to the masses due to cost, or an alternative such as Honda and its innovative hydrogen lineup.  Time will tell and in the interim Porsche is still pumping petrol just the way we like it.

AI & Automotive

By Michael Tashjian • February 13, 2024

Yes, another cameo.  I missed you too 😊  
 
Artificial Intelligence like many tech phenomena’s of yesteryear, has become a buzz word.  Used in most every marketing campaign and touted as the solution for just about everything from the real pandemic of resting bitchface syndrome at most any school function, to calculating the circumference of a bubble gum bubble by the average 10-year-old (actual 10-year-old via standard metrics, not identifying).  I can assure the reader that, yes, the applications are bountiful most notably the medical field, but the information, at least reliable information, being fed into the machine is the denominator that will make or break us as a species. 
 
Let’s take a brief trip down memory lane.  We’ve been promised autonomous driving since the Jetson’s, but here we are 50+ years later and even testing by GM has been halted on state roads in the most liberal of states, obviously California.  I won’t even toch upon the fact they should be flying as well.  The issues with autonomous driving are not as concentrated on the hardware we employ, camera’s, transistors, etc., but the very data the computer has been fed.   Contrary to popular belief Artificial Intelligence relies upon man (God help us), to provide information/data to learn from and make reasonable decisions based of it.  Given the thousands of variables in any one decision when it comes to autonomous driving, I am afraid we are still not there yet.  Explain in code how a human substantiates any particular decision requires billions if not trillions of data points.  According to Prof. Daniela Rus @ CSAIL-MIT it takes only 13 milliseconds for the human brain to identify and image and about another 100 milliseconds to make a choice.  In contrast cameras have many more variables to consider as well as the limitations of the lack of the chemical reactions which makes us so special.  Sunlight, other drivers’ habits that the pilot has already encountered on the BQE (yes, stereotyping) this includes distracted drivers, road conditions (ambient temperature, geographic location, previously noted road damages and the list goes on).  As a compilatory issue to this comes the obvious moral and ethical concerns of autonomous cars and the AI deployed for its operation.  Add this to the regulations the DOT will have to have in place.  Things such as who should be primarily protected, the driver, pedestrians, children?  No matter the decision it would infringe on the very laws of AI Robotics as we have already grown accustomed in a generic sense.  Not to be used as a pickup line, these laws are A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm. A robot must obey orders given it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law. A robot must protect its own existence if such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law.  Suffice to say, autonomous driving and AI driven projects that must withstand human interaction, have a way to go before they are considered reliable and able to make 100% accurate unsupervised decisions.  I though believe this will happen in the relative short term, and am holding my previous position on EV’s, which seem to be playing out like a symphony. 

Tire Application

By Michael Tashjian • November 9, 2021

Not your typical tire care article in print form, for more of what you are jonesin’ for and perhaps the most complete collection of technical tire articles, visit: https://www.tirerack.com/tires/tiretech/tiretech.jsp?tab=All

Every weekend Sportscar fans are bombarded with advertisements for tires. For grand prix weekends F1 fans get Pirelli, sportscar series fans the likes of Continental and the Michelin man, Yokohama at clubs, with Goodyear rounding it out for drag. Big Tire like Big Tech is a multibillion-dollar industry control by relatively few. Sure, the real cheese may be in government contracts and such, but prestige and ego drive these companies. For example, Formula 1 is funneled hundreds of millions via Pirrelli , 400-million actually and doesn’t hold a candle to Petronas @ around 700-million. All this on a sport that spends $30000 on torque wrenches and 50-million-dollar hospitality centers, not exactly charitable. Fortunately for the tire company margins are phenomenal on tires, so being frugal is not a priority. Yes, me and you ultimately foot the bill on $2500 Cup 2’s so the FIA guys get free fancy embroidered tee shirts, but I’d have it no other way. Also, I have no idea who ultimately does the PO’s on the shirts. So, should you feel like an F1 driver and purchase Pirelli? It all depends on application, availability, and value.

Application is the first decision to make when purchasing a tire. Remember, just because your car came with Michelin Cup 2’s or their Dunlops counterparts, it may not fit your purpose. R compound tires, especially those with barley legal tread such as the Michelin Pilot Cup 2 or Dunlop that people tend to immediately toss on their GT3, work terribly in the wet and cold. Changing over to an alternative Ultra High-Performance tire may just fit the bill. Continental, Michelin, Pirelli, all make ultra-high performance street variants for typical NY use year round, albeit not driving like Mario Andretti. And yes, I heard, they may be purchasing Sauber, shocker. As far as inclement weather goes, and I speak from experience on this, a full winter really does work wonders on an all-wheel drive 911 variant from 991.1 onwards. Not so much that I would give up my Cayenne, but in a pinch, you’ll get where you need to go, or evade whomever it maybe you are evading.

The opinions above are consideration for the Porsche sportscar lineup and NOT SUV/Sedan/Electric variants. There are many other considerations in that space such as Elect tires for Taycan and so forth. Should you be a Cayenne driver the best year-round tire is without doubt the Pirelli Scorpion Verde Plus, and for our rear wheel only drivers, honestly, you’re not going to make it far even with chains. Keep you prized possession covered and cozy for the spring should there be white stuff on the ground.

Far too often people do not consider production and ultimate availability, which has only gotten worse post covid. The DE guys hear me on this one, rears for 997.2’s are almost always on B/O through rack, winter tires are almost always having supply issues (so basically ordered now), and the not so popular 356 specs offer similar challenges. Be sure when choosing a tire, it is from a name brand and has availability year-round.

Porsche 911 Life

By Michael Tashjian • August 15, 2021
by Michael Tashjian
​Technical Chair

Determining our center is something we all comes to terms with at some point.  Fortunately, should this be that time for you, you’re in luck.  The Porsche 911 is here for you, easy big fella.  Just wise enough, plenty of pedal, and aged with grace no matter the generation.  Children, our chosen professions, companionship, all command such focus that we can lose our equilibrium.  Without getting too philosophical or frankly go off the handle, man needs tools to retain his/her sanity.  Yes, I am assuming there’s been some state of sanity 😉 Does the Porsche provide the portal to reach this equilibrium?  Depends on your tolerance for psychedelic drugs, I guess this is the most reasonable conclusion to reach.
 
    Sunday morning, already stressed about the coming week’s goals, lunatics from many moons ago, and without doubt, traffic.  Shocker.  All is ok, your trusted steed in in the garage, fueled up and ready for battle to the local bagel privier this weekend.   Fast forward meetings in which you discuss what the need for so many meeting is and the cover comes off, you caught side view mirror again, and your over 40 ass drops in the seat.  Ahhh, 25 minutes of bliss.  Yes, you’re taking the long way for the whole wheat bagel you know is just as unhealthy as the egg everything.  Your kid runs to the car, “Dad, can I come?”  Sure.  And off you go.  You’ve already come to terms with your partner having spilled coffee in the cupholder on a prior journey, and your sausage egg and cheese having no Ketchup is another certainty (they never listen), but that’s ok.  Your ok.  It is summer, you’re listening to your 911 engine purr, the leather on your steering wheel is form fitted to your hotdog fingers, there’s a cool breeze, all is well. 
 
    Do cars really perform a function outside of transportation?  You are reading this, right?  Of course.  Your Porsche is part of your life, and in some cases your defining moment.  It carries you through tough times, it holds memories, life milestones, times of sadness, and most importantly, it is only yours.  In the liberal society of sharing, this will not be shared.  It is yours.  You take care of it more than monetarily, its love, albeit a generally expensive one.  We can conclude the Porsche automobile is just shy of unconditional love.   From 160 ponies in the first S model, to over 700 today.  Plenty of lovin across the entire board no matter what your type is.
 
   Porsche pilots truly believe their car is the ultimate sanctuary.  Perhaps one of the last few real freedoms we have.  Cherish it, don’t sell it, enjoy it-until next time.

My Huge Wing and Me

By Michael Tashjian • June 16, 2021
by Michael Tashjian
The much anticipated 992 GT3RS is right around the corner, sporting a fancy big wing, double wishbone suspension, and price tag to match.  For this much you can buy a Bosendorfer Porsche Design grand piano and have money left over for a gold and diamond Gameboy.   The RS badging better do something special to command an expected 20% premium over the “baby” GT3.
 
    Man is fascinated with everything big.  Without going down a risqué list which would not be appropriate for our younger readers, we will consider this matter of fact.  From the days of Porscherama, to the inception of Club Racing, engineers have been fitting wider, taller, and more functional wings.  It finally took stringent rule changes that stretched into the prototype classes to dial down heights and width.   Fast forward a couple decades and you have active DRS, Ai testing based on a 5-minute cad drawing, the reintroduction of ground effects, and the ever so cool swan neck.  But do all these aerodynamic enhancements make a difference?  The short of it for 80% of Porsche owners is no.  Mainly due to the fact they are not traveling at speeds which exceed 80 mph which would be where Fangio might feel it in his ever so trained rear.  Now for the other 20% that use their GT based car for motorsport, yes.  Not so fast, though.  Let’s delve into why Porsche did not provide the big wing, rear diffuser, or extended front spoiler lip in the specifications that the all knowing aftermarket has provided.
 
    There is in fact a common misconception that bigger is better.  Everything about your Porsche runs in conjunction with some other system no matter the degree of separation.  For the early car it was adding a whale tail.  Only problem with this idea was that you needed to fit a front spoiler to act in a complimentary fashion.  Today we have standard GT based rear wing that can be augmented to provide greater downforce while making a small change to the front mesh and blocks.  Note: 991.2 GT3’s have (4) downforce settings the second most aggressive is stock setting.  So why go aftermarket.  Well, for one thing a wing with greater height allow for better vision through the rear glass on both the GT3 and GT4 for the shorter stature drivers, and greater downforce at high speed given it is functioning in clean air.  I would be remiss if I did not mention, changing the originality of ANY GT model is not in your best interest for resale.  So, plug and play with the option to revert to original if needed is recommended.  Also, if you were to ad 50 lbs. of downforce on the rear, inherently you’re going to add lift to the front, albeit you can add canards to offset this somewhat.  My personal logic is, if the drivers for Apex at Nürburgring sport stock GT3RS wings, well my friend that’s good enough for me.  Granted there are very long sweeping turns and very long straights so perhaps the extra size is just not needed.  Manthey Racing on both the GT4 MR and GT3RS MR offer wing extensions and various air elements, it is worth checking out. This begs the question, why didn’t Porsche just offer a larger, taller, wider, wing?  It is safe to say the 992 GT3RS accomplishes this and then some.  But we must take into account aesthetics, DOT regulations, transport, standard garage dimensions, etc.  for the masses. 
 
    So, is bigger better?  Based solely on a blind survey between Porsche owners, a not to be mentioned sorority, and professional drivers alike, yes, bigger is better as long as you know how to use it.

NACYAT

By Michael Tashjian • May 30, 2021
by Michael Tashjian​
​Exactly.  They say the older you get the more you cannot believe what you’ve seen.  I’ve seen an airplane land on the Hudson, brail buttons on drive up ATM’s, and the birth of a cow in that movie City Slickers with Billy Crystal, but I’ll tell you this friend, never did I think I’d see an electric car for practical use.  Well, maybe I still haven’t, we’ll see.
 
    It was not too many “flatten the curve” weeks ago I predicted in this very periodical that electric cars were all but doomed.  Lack of infrastructure (which remain mind you), poor recharging capabilities in relation to its petrol counterpart, thermal runaway as a result of damage, and finally the significant carbon footprint left behind at it relates to cobalt and lithium batteries as a whole.  Quick sidenote on that last point.  I am sure a recycling method is in the works at a thinktank somewhere, or so I hope.  I also enjoy the marketing strategy of EV’s, sort of like the pharmaceutical commercials to grow your eyelashes longer and the disclaimer.  Listen up next time, “in rare cases (well that’s relative) we’ve seen blindness yellow eyes, hotdog fingers (ok made that up), death, lack of muscle control, etc.”  One must ask the question, is the cure worse than the disease? 
  
    Many clients and PCA members have asked over the years, how does it work?  Is it a hybrid?  Where do babies come from?  Is it practical?  Will I be castrated for not supporting the Global Warming movement if I don’t concede to the mob and buy an EV?  All pertinent questions this day in age.  The long and short to all these concerns and interests is, if you are looking for the best performing off the line luxury electric sedan this is it bar none.  Using strictly the metrics of performance, aesthetics, and cache, this is the real deal, or so it seems.   Having driven them around Monticello Motor Club on more than one occasion in varying conditions at speed, I can say the Turbo lineup is the way to go.
 
    Let’s briefly touch on what we’re working with when it comes to the Taycan.  Sporting a skateboard setup for the lithium-ion battery pack, all-wheel drive drivetrain (available), packaged in a 35% aluminum body, makes the Taycan fast, really fast.  Fast enough to blow the doors off most registered DE metal.  I know it is unfair, in fact it is borderline discriminatory against those of us who which to emit toxins into the atmosphere via our little flat six, dam you PC culture.  Ok, focus.  The undocumented but tested range on a 4S is 300 miles give or take depending on your driving habits.  Porsche numbers are way too conservative for print.  Cabin is very Panameraesc, and the overall styling is not too far off from a four door CGT.  Ohh, price, a hundred and change for a 4S and tack on 65 for a Turbo nicely equipped.  And why we’re calling it a Turbo?  I have no idea since it is electric vehicle.  If anyone out there reading can change this for the facelifted model, I like Neutrinos.
 
    For those members who are considering an electric car I highly advise making the trek to your nearest dealer for a test drive.  Granted it will feel adulterous for some of us petrol heads to slip into an electric car-too far.  But, with the promise of sub 3 second 0-60’s coming soon, one must question, am I looking for the best performance package on the block risking being booted out of my fantasy football league for it?  Guess that depends on who you plan on pulling for your QB this year and what the other guy drives.  
 
Members- email michael@formulamotorsports.com with ideas for future articles or questions I can answer in the following months issue.  Nothing too over the line though, yes you J.O. 

992 GT3

By Michael Tashjian • April 16, 2021

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992 GT3- The Continuation of the Sportscar
 by Michael Tashjian
    Having arrived in Spring of 2003, the new water-cooled Porsche GT3 (996) would help cultivate a class of sportscar specifically developed for the weekend road course warrior.  A whopping 381hp, extended redline, 6 piston brakes, and a bunch of newly developed parts such as PCCB.  Fast forward a decade and change and presto two additional generations (997 & 991) and welcome the 992 GT3. 
 
    The 992 GT3 is set to hit gridlock on the BQE in winter 2021.  This should be one of the most highly produced GT3 models and most user friendly.  Gone are the nicknames, widow maker, and welcome, “Honey, I’m taking the GT3.”  Thanks in part to more aggressive aero via a radical rear diffuser and swan neck wing, the new GT3 can achieve downforce that was only available in a full Cup format.  So now you can really take that ramp at full blast and show that Mitsubishi Eclipse with a chain for a license plate holder who’s boss.  Technical specifications are being closely guarded for the time being, but the naturally aspirated 4.0-liter engine accompanied by two gearbox options means its users should have the most interactive driving experience yet.  Porsche has decided to stick with naturally aspirated 4.0 liter, rather than more efficient turbocharging.  How much longer this goes on for is questionable.  I believe 992 is the final run before forced induction or electric assist.  Out of the box Porsche will offer a 6-speed manual or PDK, and paint to sample for those wishing to drop 12K this go around.  And since I’ve touched upon color, I must admit that Shark Blue looks gorgeous in the photos.  If history is any indication of future trends, the next color up on the block is Brown or Hot Pink.
 
    Let’s talk RS.  Has the GT3 deviated too far from its original intent to be a minimalist weekend warrior weapon of choice?  Maybe.  It depends on how you look at it.  Building and selling 25000 cars provides (arguably) better quality control, more money for R&D, testing, and cost to the consumer (yeah right).  So, Porsche has decided to fluff it up a little to ensure they not only sell upwards of another 25000 cars as in the 991 series but surpass it.  Perhaps the RS will be rawer, and, in your face, God knows the wing is big enough.  The RS should sport a PDK, figure a modest 40 bhp, and an even more aggressive suspension setup, and maybe even a cool helmet case.  Sold separately.
 
    Now the most important question.  Should you go out and buy the latest and greatest?  Yes.  The Porsche GT3 has and will continue to be the benchmark all others aspire to.  Reliable, fast, carry reasonable long-term value, and doesn’t get dated nearly as quickly as a comparable 2 door in its class, and yeah, it’s a 911.  

Big Tech

By Michael Tashjian • March 28, 2021
BIG TECH  
by Michael Tashjian
Technical Chair – Porsche Club of America Metro
 
  Gone are Sound Stream radios, Diamondtel car phones, Clifford alarms, and welcome big tech. Though seemingly cliché to say, “big tech”, that’s what the younger generation, especially those in the lucrative Asian market, are demanding more of.  The 992 & Taycan alike show off their endless configurations and gadgetry on a 40’ augmented display…okay, maybe not quite 40’ but we’ll allow it.  It displays everything, including G Force; how we ever we got along in life without that, we can’t fathom. Performance stats are not only relevant to the drivetrain these days, either.  Now processing speed and screen resolution have a tab of their own in the marketing materials and IG post via @porsche. The question now is: where do we go from here?
 
  Hell. Fine, maybe not hell but certainly purgatory. The racing car driver as well as the enthusiast yearns for the raw driving experience, but will this be taken away like so many other invaluable rights? We won’t go fully down that rabbit hole. But there’s always a ‘but’, and right now it’s the big brother role that all these electronics are able to play. Traffic sign recognition, a.k.a camera, autonomous driving a.k.a tracking, and voice command a.k.a recording are beginning to become standard features and although provide a service, carry inherit risk for abuse. It wasn’t too long ago that we were all worried low jack would alert our spouses to our whereabouts. Now GPS and parking alerts let your better half know that you indeed skipped out on the office in lieu of Lime Rock. 

         For a brief time in our history the car represented freedom; this writer is personally afraid those freedoms and soul filling private cruises may be a thing of the past. But at least you can still ride a Harley in PA with no helmet…for now.
 
Let’s talk about the positives that tech has brought to the Porsche driving experience. No, I’m not referring to Auto Start/Stop which has given me a few heart attacks. A real leap in the right direction is Innodrive working in conjunction with adaptive cruise control which uses radar and cameras to recognize topographical road features, traffic, and road signs in advance and adapts. Not like the nonsense Infiniti was marketing in 1991 with the Q45; no, this one actually works. The system can vary speed, gear selection, as well as remain in the lane with the LKA option. All of these are now expected features as they’ve been fairly popular on many other marks such as Mercedes Benz and Lamborghini for some years now. Another welcome addition that one couldn’t have previously thought a necessity is wet mode. Sensors in the wheel well can detect water and choose the mode for traction and other aids in an instant. I can tell you firsthand, it works!  Rounding out the cabin, yes, the 400,000USD Burmeister stereo option is back and here to stay. I’m almost ashamed to admit in full transparency: damn, it sounds good. 
 
    So, Michael, where does this leave the PCA member when looking for a new Porsche?  Ideally, with a 992 Targa GTS. Granted, you may have to sell a couple of organs to buy it outright, but that’s why God paired second kidneys and Facebook marketplace.  
 
Coming: May 2021 992 GeeTee3 the inside scoop

Nine-Nine-Two

By Michael Tashjian • February 6, 2019
​Nine-Nine-Two
By Michael Tashjian
Technical Chair
 
Antoine de Saint Exupery said it best, “perfection is achieved not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.”  
 
The new 911, chassis designation 992, could not be further from this truth of function over form, this does not, however, hurt its overall score against its competitors.  The 992 delivers in its Carrera S configuration a proper Grand Touring experience with extravagant electrics and comfort features, which I am based solely on photos and marketing literature, and a promise to be money well spent.  Many purists including I adore the minimalist environment the Porsche 911 once had or at least up until the 996.  However, as with everything in life, there must be progression.   The 992 is, without doubt, the most advanced and best performing Porsche 911 to date, notwithstanding limited production models such as GT’s and so forth.  The new 911 S with its 443 horses and eight-speed PDK transmission, seamlessly ingrates a luxurious sedan and lightweight long wheelbase sportscar should be that the sort of thing you are striving for.  Whole keep a little space for an electric motor down the line. When entering this spaceship themed interior with tiny buttons and big screens, the customization opportunities become apparent as well as its intuitive design.  The ergonomically correct interior, unlike that of the 996/997, has welcoming finishings but limited practicality.  You the reader know where I am going with this.  Yes, the gear selector looks ridiculous.  One of those ideas that were great in theory but did not translate into a practical part.   A good analogy would probably be the sportomatic selector of yesteryear. Barring this minor lapse in judgment within the design teams ranks, the remainder looks appropriate for its new class, being Luxury GT and in my eyes comparable to the Mercedes, Aston Martin, and Bentley.  I still find Ferrari to be the only brand sticking with the minimal but beautifully appointed interior space. A follow-up article on the interior to come after I can sit in a 992.  The exterior, well, what can I say expect it looks like a 991 which looks like a 911. A big welcoming is a fact that all 992’s will now be widebody format.  I believe the rear end will receive a welcome facelift with 992.2, but otherwise, it is the technology the car is now offering that you are paying for. Automatic transfer into a wet mode when the vehicle detects water, neat door handles that pop out of the door (drag resistant ;-), non-operational/functional exhaust tips, perhaps most importantly the rear engine mount now fitted to the cylinder heads for optimum weight transfer and larger intercooler fed through the rear spoiler.  
 
It is safe to say this generation 911 will be the most reliable, performance-driven, and comfortable Porsche 911 to date.  The next car to watch out for is going to be the GT4 to be initially outfitted with a manual gearbox, and all the bells and whistles Leipzig has on the shelf.  
 
If you have the itch visit one of our Metro NY PCA sponsor dealerships for a test drive of the 992.