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    GT Purely Porsche

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    March 2005: 'Right Car, Wrong Car'

    Just read this article in which a 997S (PASM as standard) was directly compared to a base 997 (with 18" wheels, PCCB and standard 'mechanical' suspension i.e. no PASM). Whilst making the obvious caveats regarding top speed, engine sound, this magazine believes that the latter is a better buy...a more authentic 911 feel in respect of steering, communication from the road surface. They attribute it largely to the much reduced unsprung weight due to PCCB and the 'mechanical' suspension.

    I guess this begs the question: why not get a PCCB equipped 997S?

    Unfortunately, I don't have a scanner so I'm unable to share it with you. Perhaps someone else here has a copy of this month's magazine.

    What do the more knowledgeable people here think about this seemingly aberrant conclusion ?

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    It's not the first time I've heard this. One of the journalists that contributes to Autocar bought himself a 997S and then had an opportunity to drive a non-S equipped with PCCB - he made the conclusion that he may have bought the 'wrong' car...

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    Rich C (UK) said:
    It's not the first time I've heard this. One of the journalists that contributes to Autocar bought himself a 997S and then had an opportunity to drive a non-S equipped with PCCB - he made the conclusion that he may have bought the 'wrong' car...



    Yup that was Chris Harris. Has anyone on this board driven both?

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    A more "authentic 911 feel"?? Authentic? Sounds like more literary romanticized babble/hogwash to me. If that's the case, I may as well cancel my order so I can find a clean used bathtub Speedster and be right at the birthplace of "authentic". Sometimes wine critics get so caught up in their own b.s., you can slip 'em a glass of screw-top Gallo and they'll wax poetic until you produce the half-empty bottle. In any event, I think that the difference in unsprung weight between the PCCB and the non-PCCB, when driven back-to-back, would probably increase perceived agility from the driver's seat. Those brakes are obviously optional on both models, and both models are equally good "buys" in my book.

     
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