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Dustin LindenSmith

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my first ride in a 911

I just had my first ride in a Porsche 911, the 2002 911 Carrera 2, such as the one pictured here, but in silver.


This car comes with a normally aspirated (i.e. non-turbocharged), rear-mounted 3.6-litre flat-6 engine which is mated to a 6-speed manual transmission. It's the quintessential Porsche sportscar, without all-wheel drive. Puts out 320 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque to the rear wheels, that little engine does.

And the sound. Ohhh, the SOUND of that engine...

The sound of that engine as it roars out of those 3-in dual exhaust pipes is beyond exhilarating. It's absolutely ferocious. We rarely left 2nd gear during our short drive of several secluded side streets, but -- and there's a big but here -- we reached speeds of 65 mph in that second gear. Good gracious, when we redlined in 2nd gear like that, you should have heard that engine roar. It was tremendous. It was nothing short of symphonic, to my ears.

The handling was even another thing entirely. We took one of our first corners, a regular 90-degree left turn, at 45 mph. And it didn't feel like anything except a quick lane change. It drives like a gun -- you point, shoot, and the watch the vehicle go wherever you tell it to with its deadly-accurate trajectory.

What a glorious ride that was. I can't wait until I can do it again. And I was only in the passenger's seat this time; if I could be so lucky in the future, I might be permitted to take the wheel for a short while. I would really, really love to know what it feels like to drive one firsthand.

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starskin August 23rd, 2008
I would really, really love to know what it feels like to drive one firsthand.

Exhilarating and slightly terrifying.

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