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    Is it possible to drive turbo in the winter?

    Trying to choose a car for me....i need a car all year long...

    i've been choosing from E55 996 turbo or a cayenne turbo...

    and i don't know what to choose, E55 will be defenetly pain in the ass to driive at Canadian winter! 996 turbo u tell me how good is it!

    Cayenne i saw beautifull car, but still i want to drive one first!

    Re: Is it possible to drive turbo in the winter?


    996 Turbo is perfect fun to drive on icy/snowy roads. I had a lot of fun the last two winter seasons here in bavaria.


    Re: Is it possible to drive turbo in the winter?

    The only problem I see with the Turbo in winter time is ride height. As soon as snow builds up under the car, you're stalled. But traction is fantastic and with the right winter tires, you don't have too worry too much.

    The Cayenne Turbo is a different story: I drove one and I loved it. I'd say it is the most refined SUV on the market right now, even if I'm not a friend of it's design.
    Driving in snow should be a pleasure with this beast, should be the most powerful "almost perfect" winter car.

    The question is what your priorities are:
    1. the E55 is the "Family 996 Turbo" but lacks traction and can be a pain in the a.. when it comes to slippery (even wet) streets. One reason why I'll soon get the 30% limited slip differential installed by AMG in Affalterbach (this option is not available anywhere outside Germany, so don't bother to ask about it), hoping that the traction problems will be gone as I've been assured by an AMG guy.
    No, the E55 is not the right car for canadian winters, even if you can raise the ride height which is pretty impressive.

    2. the 996 Turbo is the sports car, a beast, a highly refined product and without doubt one of the best 5 sports cars in the entire world. I'm not sure this is a car I want to drive in winter time but it is your money.

    3. the Cayenne Turbo is the perfect SUV for sports car owners. Despite it's weight, it delivers practically the straight line performance of a Porsche 993 C2 up to over 140 mph (~224 kph). The electronic suspension is very good, allowing the Cayenne Turbo to be driven almost like a high power limousine. The E55 is different but I'd say that the Cayenne Turbo is somewhere between the ML55 AMG and the E55, probably a little bit more close to the E55.
    It is the perfect winter car with winter tires, traction ends where the car has nothing to put grip on anymore.

    The decision is yours, Vladimir.

    Re: Is it possible to drive turbo in the winter?

    Until pierre checks out this thread and shares his experiences with the turbo in the snow, take a look here:
    "996 Turbo in the snow"

    Re: Is it possible to drive turbo in the winter?

    Thanks for posting that for me, brunner!

    Re: Is it possible to drive turbo in the winter?

    I would go with the Cayenne Turbo because it guarantees year round functionality, yet can also give you some fun. How important is having a high performance vehicle to you, or are you just going for something "cool"? I have to ask because the 996 Turbo and E55 are very different beasts for very different driving priorities.

    Another option, if you want two cars, is to take the money you have left over after buying an E55 and get a winter "beater" car.



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