Fast and responsive -This Carrera is the best Porsche I have ever owned, it is quick, agile and and feels completely safe on any surface. Gone is the extreme over-steer and the front end lift under acceleration, and at 0-60 in 5 seconds, the 996 is nothing to sneer at. I bought this Porsche in 2012 with 53,000 miles, it looks new, it feels new and it is very well maintained and a pleasure to polish. Much maligned by the snobs who call themselves "purists" and the IMS and RMS fear mongers, this car has proven them wrong. Not a drop of oil on the floor, no additional oil between changes and including the recent 60 K inspection service it costs only $50.00 per month in maintenance.
Have owned car about a year, purchased used with 50k on it. Had original window sticker and records. Always wanted a 911 since I was a kid 30 years ago, but fearful of cost of owning a performance German car, but wish I had done it years ago. Awesome driving car, a solid rock. Bullet like acceleration, brakes that stop on a dime and give 9 cents change, on rails handling, visceral exhaust noise. Classic style that will never be mistaken for some pseudo Asian competition. This car is addictive to drive. I find myself always taking the long route home.
I have had several air cooled Porsche 911's and this first water cooled auto is a blast to drive and own. It has great handling and awesome excelleration through the gears. It can easily handle the C4 Corvettes and most of the tricked out Hondas and Subarus that aren't too tuned up. I don't waste the gas on the new 350ZX's that pull up and want to go at it. A lot of people tailgate you out of jealousy, but you get used to it and just slow down to aggravate them. Through the twisties, nothing out there can keep up with you as long as you stay on the gas pedal, the handling is phenomenal. I am going to sell this car soon and upgrade to a late model 996 Turbo.
This car performs beautifully. Precise handling, excellent acceleration and great, classic styling contribute to a great experience in the vehicle. 27 mpg at 65 mph is a bonus. It ended up my best mileage vehicle.
If you have never owned a Porsche. You should at least once in your life. It is not just a car it is pure man and machine made whole in one. It is perfection. Want to go fast in a straight line buy a Vette; want an experience buy the Porsche.
Launching any four-wheel-drive vehicle is a challenge. I tried a lower rpm launch, without slipping the clutch and it bogged off the line. The next run I launched at about 4,000 rpms and it still bogged, but did run faster. The third and final attempt I launched at 5,000 with a slight bog off the line and the best time. I purposely tried not to slip the clutch on any launches due to the four-wheel-drive configuration, because it would not improve the launch and most likely just glaze the clutch. Acceleration, two words: fast and furious!
Very stable with no side to side movement, just straight and fast. I never felt the tires actually lock-up like I did with other vehicles tested on the same day. Excellent!
I was surprised at the tail-out control the car had, which was the fastest way around the circle. Probably had more in it if I wanted to really push the tires, but I was trying to keep tire wear to a minimum.