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    Porsche Turbo - The Joy of Driving (Review & Pictures)

    Was released from work early one day last week and finally had a chance to take my Turbo out to the "country" to let it flex its muscles.
    Since the GIAC flash, I've felt the car could not adequately unwind in Los Angeles traffic, as if constantly there is a monster inside trying to get out.

    The day is a "landmark" because although I've had the car for nearly 2 years, it was the first time that I drove it with all mods completed (see my signature). Now, its performance has finally met my expectation of what a Porsche Turbo should be.

    On the open road, the car shows enormous power reserve, and that power arrives instantly. The GIAC flash has virtually eliminated all Turbo lag above 3000 rpm. With Bilstein set to firm, GIAC on Sport, it is rather fast & ferocious. Moderately stiff, very noisy, very aggressive, and demands attention every moment of driving. It's a good thing my wife was not in the car because I don't think it would have been possible to carry civilized conversations.Smiley
    The stock Turbo gives you this nice sense of limitless power. Tuning the ECU of the same Turbo with the GIAC flash gives me this feeling of TRULY limitless power Smiley. As I've stated many times, the Metzger turbo engine is the heart and soul of this car. You have got to try it once in your life.
    The car's clutch had slipped when I was being abusive a while ago (slam the throttle at 2000 rpm in fourth gear). In this test drive, with the car driven as aggressive as I could ever be - while still obeying the law , the stock clutch functions perfectly, so I am safe with stock clutch still.

    The Bilstein suspension is perfect for someone looking for a street/track combination. Unlike the stock PASM, Bilstein PASM works, and works to perfection. Car is firmer yet does not feel nervous or jittery and intolerably harsh like stock PASM.
    The stiffer coilover has significantly reduced the excessive side to side and front to back movement of the stock car. I actually prefer carving canyon roads to going all out on the straight, so Bilstein remains a most critical addition to the stock Turbo.

    I have a lot of appreciation for the Turbo's 4WD system because of its outstanding corner grip. Without 4WD and with this much power, I actually think the car would not be as safe to drive. You really have to be careful in corners with this much power. I followed slow-in fast-out dictum as if my life depends on it.

    The beauty of all this is that with 2 button pushes: GIAC to normal, PASM to normal, my Turbo transforms into a docile daily driver.
    There is a certain gentleness to stock level ECU that makes the car "better" in big city freeway, so again I highly encourage those who use the car as daily driver to consider only an ECU mod that could be reversible to stock like GIAC.

    I really should do this more often and too bad I was only out there by myself.

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    Regards,
    Can
    997 Turbo + Bilstein Damptronic ( Review ) + GIAC ECU Tune ( Fast as a torpedo & reversible to stock - Review ) + Cargraphic Exhaust ( Oh heavenly noise! )


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    Info for the photography buffs:
    Camera = Canon 1D, shoot in RAW format.
    Lenses: Canon 85 f/1.2, Contax Distagon 21mm f/2.8

    Please set you rennteam image viewing option to 1200 pixel width.

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    Regards,
    Can
    997 Turbo + Bilstein Damptronic ( Review ) + GIAC ECU Tune ( Fast as a torpedo & reversible to stock - Review ) + Cargraphic Exhaust ( Oh heavenly noise! )


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    Can
    997 Turbo + Bilstein Damptronic ( Review ) + GIAC ECU Tune ( Fast as a torpedo & reversible to stock - Review ) + Cargraphic Exhaust ( Oh heavenly noise! )


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    Can
    997 Turbo + Bilstein Damptronic ( Review ) + GIAC ECU Tune ( Fast as a torpedo & reversible to stock - Review ) + Cargraphic Exhaust ( Oh heavenly noise! )


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    This is the most handsome Turbo I have ever seen.

    It is not overdose; original looks rides on gorgeous wheels with painted front lip without a license plate and proper exhaust pipes.

    Just Beautiful


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    Many congrats on this beautiful car SmileySmileySmiley 


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    Completely agree with pride355. Nicest Turbo I've seen!!!


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    Great review and great pics Can!


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    Congrats Can, that is an awesome and mouth-watering machine.


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    Thanks everyone for the positive comments. I do appreciate it very much and it's good to be able to share the hobby.

    Hi Skrambles -- thanks, and you have the same thing! BTW, if you are a seasoned veteran, never mind, but if not, you could tell one mod in my car by looking at the front wheel and see the slight tilt inwards, as opposed to a stock car which won't tilt as much. This is front negative camber, exact same as the GT2 setting (gold standard) and helps the car corner much better. (You WILL feel the difference.) This is the very first mod that most people do.
    Not only this kind of change inexpensive (US $200), conservative, & not void the warranty, it is expected of Porsche owners. Anyway, get to know your car for a few months, then, if & when you're interested, you know where to ask. Smiley

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    Regards,
    Can
    997 Turbo + Bilstein Damptronic ( Review ) + GIAC ECU Tune ( Fast as a torpedo & reversible to stock - Review ) + Cargraphic Exhaust ( Oh heavenly noise! )


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    For anyone in Southern Cal who is interested, the area is Antelope Valley, around the Poppy Field Reserve. This area has prime Porsche roads, provided you go during weekdays (law men abound on weekends) .

    During Spring season, the Los Angeles Porsche Club sometimes arrange a drive here, with family (meaning GIAC off, PASM off, everything off off off Smiley), to see the Poppy blossoms. This is what those dry fields look like in Spring (pic taken last year):

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    Can
    997 Turbo + Bilstein Damptronic ( Review ) + GIAC ECU Tune ( Fast as a torpedo & reversible to stock - Review ) + Cargraphic Exhaust ( Oh heavenly noise! )


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    Great write-up (as always) and stunning pics, Can!   


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    cannga:

    Thanks everyone for the positive comments. I do appreciate it very much and it's good to be able to share the hobby.

    Hi Skrambles -- thanks, and you have the same thing! BTW, if you are a seasoned veteran, never mind, but if not, you could tell one mod in my car by looking at the front wheel and see the slight tilt inwards, as opposed to a stock car which won't tilt as much. This is front negative camber, exact same as the GT2 setting (gold standard) and helps the car corner much better. (You WILL feel the difference.) This is the very first mod that most people do.
    Not only this kind of change inexpensive (US $200), conservative, & not void the warranty, it is expected of Porsche owners. Anyway, get to know your car for a few months, then, if & when you're interested, you know where to ask. Smiley

    08AE4393-1 PS2 Main 1200 Crop copy NEG camber.jpg

     


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    Regards,
    Can
    997 Turbo + Bilstein Damptronic ( Review ) + GIAC ECU Tune ( Fast as a torpedo & reversible to stock - Review ) + Cargraphic Exhaust ( Oh heavenly noise! )

    Can,
     

     

    Thanks very much for the info.  I'll give it a while to get used to the car in stock form and may pick your brains about mods later! 

    Skrambles


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    skrambles:

    Can,  

    Thanks very much for the info.  I'll give it a while to get used to the car in stock form and may pick your brains about mods later! 

    Skrambles

    You are very welcome and do take time to know the stock car. I too take a lot of time before starting any mod, and when the mod starts, it's always done in individual steps, with a long time in between to digest any change. For me that's the only way to learn.

    And if/when ready, fire away with your questions. There are not many things as fun as helping separating a fellow Porsche nut from his $. Smiley
    Some of us like to leave the car as is from factory. Others believe a Porsche is meant to be tinkered with, and that is where the fun is. I unfortunately belong to that second group and just want to assure you that it's "ok" to be nutty. Smiley Kidding aside, really, it's quite an education.

     


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    Can
    997 Turbo + Bilstein Damptronic ( Review ) + GIAC ECU Tune ( Fast as a torpedo & reversible to stock - Review ) + Cargraphic Exhaust ( Oh heavenly noise! )


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    Another old picture. This one, I think with Canon 14mm f/2.8 super wide, camera is also Canon 1D.

    Poppy Field Porsche No Sub.jpg


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    Regards,
    Can
    997 Turbo + Bilstein Damptronic ( Review ) + GIAC ECU Tune ( Fast as a torpedo & reversible to stock - Review ) + Cargraphic Exhaust ( Oh heavenly noise! )


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    Simply georgeous...

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    Wow!  Time for me to wash the car and get a better camera.  Those pics are awesome guys!


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    Thanks Toby. Your car too is a home-run in my book! The Dymag wheel design and matching silver of car and wheel, "broken" by the yellow brake, are out-of-this-world fantastic. Simply gorgeous and makes it among the most understated yet beautiful 911's I've ever seen.

    You should be happy that any nutty photographer praises your car this much -- we spend time lots and lots of time "staring" and "pixel peeping" Smiley.  And really, it's hard for me to take my eyes off your silver GT2 (very very unusual for me as I generally don't like silver cars).

    PS I didn't say all this because you wrote my Turbo looks gorgeous either. Smiley Congrats.


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    Regards,
    Can
    997 Turbo + Bilstein Damptronic ( Review ) + GIAC ECU Tune ( Fast as a torpedo & reversible to stock - Review ) + Cargraphic Exhaust ( Oh heavenly noise! )


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    Took a drive with the LA Porsche Club. Pic didn't come out so good so I decide to use photoshop effect.

    (For best quality, set your rennteam personal setting to view pictures at 1200 pixel.  That's the resolution of these shots.)

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    Then I got carried away. Smiley

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    Regards,
    Can
    997 Turbo + Bilstein Damptronic ( Review ) + GIAC ECU Tune ( Fast as a torpedo & reversible to stock - Review ) + Cargraphic Exhaust ( Oh heavenly noise! )


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    Regards,
    Can
    997 Turbo + Bilstein Damptronic ( Review ) + GIAC ECU Tune ( Fast as a torpedo & reversible to stock - Review ) + Cargraphic Exhaust ( Oh heavenly noise! )


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    Thanks cannga, the effect works out quite nice on the first pic, on the other pics it distorts the lines of your beautiful car a little.

    BTW, full res is always available on click.


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    ^^^ Thanks for the feedback!


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    Can
    997 Turbo + Bilstein Damptronic ( Review ) + GIAC ECU Tune ( Fast as a torpedo & reversible to stock - Review ) + Cargraphic Exhaust ( Oh heavenly noise! )


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    haha, nice pica's Cann!
    The effect is nice, but I think without the effect they would've been nicer... ;-)

    Never get enough of looking at pics of your car though. I love the mods you did to it, make it a car that looks different, but still coherent.


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    Thanks Joost & Eunice. Ok I think I got the message; real pictures, no cheesy PS effect.

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    Can
    997 Turbo + Bilstein Damptronic ( Review ) + GIAC ECU Tune ( Fast as a torpedo & reversible to stock - Review ) + Cargraphic Exhaust ( Oh heavenly noise! )


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    Can
    997 Turbo + Bilstein Damptronic ( Review ) + GIAC ECU Tune ( Fast as a torpedo & reversible to stock - Review ) + Cargraphic Exhaust ( Oh heavenly noise! )


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    nice pics 


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    These pics are just stunning cannga!


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    Simply stunning  


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    Yup, no comments this time! ;-)
    Simply brilliant.


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    Looks like the Lauterbrunnen Valley, just at the base of the cog rail train to the Jungfrau.  Lovely shot...


     
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