I did it! I bought the GT3 RS! Well pre-ordered it, number 5 in Australia 🙂
I took the Porsche Careerararraaara S out and it was frankly a bit ‘boring’, on paper its as fast if not a tiny tiny bit faster than my Lotus Elise R but it felt really un-interesting, not what the sports model Porsche 911 should of felt like in my mind. Surges of power with precession it wasnâ€™t, it was well planted on the road but not what I was expecting from the ‘daddy’ of all sports cars Sport model. Then came test driving the Porsche GT3 5 minutes afterwards for a true â€˜back to backâ€™ comparison and it was a marked improvement to say the least.
Everything was instantly better, the seats were more snug and safe feeling, the steering wheel was smaller, more comfortable to grip and gave a more direct ‘attached to the road’ feel, the suspension also gave this feeling too, Yes I can â€™feelâ€™ the road again, and when setting the PASM active suspension to its hardest setting it felt nearly as stiff as the Lotus, great!
Next came testing out the 3.6 litre heavily tuned Porsche motorsport engine the GT3 is fitted with. It was a savage beast up behind me with a good shove of accelerative power when pushing the throttle in all areas of the rev range so very usable in any gear. The car felt like it was sucked onto the road when you pushed the accelerator hard and with the car going EXACTLY where you pointed it, I gained confidence driving this $300k supercar in the matter of 10 minutes. Still at this stage I wasnâ€™t blown away, not to the extent of having hairs on the back of the neck move and not making me want to shout â€œhow do I buy oneâ€.
We put down the windows, pressed another clever button (thereâ€™s a lot of technology in this car) that opened the flaps in the exhaust, and from then on every prod of the accelerator came a roar through the windows. It seemed that all the song and dance of this car comes from it shouting outside the car not inside, the sound coming through the windows now was just AMAZING! The best experience of sound Iâ€™ve ever had from any car. This thing driving though a main street of shops sounded like a race car straight off of a race track with everybody straining to see what this thing WAS.
That was the moment I had to set this as my next petrol headed goal in life to work hard and one day be proud and excited to bring this back to my own garage.