- Drive: AWD
The 7th Generation 911 - internally designated by Porsche as the 997 - is the most commercially sucessful 911 of all time. Production of the car began in 2005 and ceased in 2012. The hallmark of the car was the return of oval headlights on the front fascia and the placement of turn signals outside the headlights. These small styling changes proved to make the car wildly popular and, in its first two years of production, helped Porsche sell over 100,000 units. Sales remined strong through the car's entire life cycle and, today, approximately 2 years after its produciton ceased, the car remains a highly desirable auto on the collector and driver markets. The Carerra S was powered by a 3.8 litre flat six engine which produced 355 hp (about 92.9 per litre!). The engine was mated to either a six speed manual or a six speed automatic with steering wheel shifter (called a Tiptonic transmission). The car's bodyshell carried a .30 drag coefficient and this, along with the very powerful engine, enable the car to reach a top speed of approximately 188 mph. In addiiton, the car was capable of going from 0 to 60 in 4.7 seconds. The car carried a base price of roughly $90,000 when new (excluding the innumerable options Porsche offered, e.g, a $3500 navigation system). The car presented here is the prototypical Carerra S. It is fast, light and an absolute joy to drive. It can be driven as a calm, steadfast GT car or it can be driven as a proverbial "sreamin' demon" track car. Importantly, given its Tiptronic transmission, it can perform both of these functions on the same day and within the space of a few hundred feet. If you would like to see the car being driven then please visit my YouTube channel - TheBavarianMotors. I purchased this car at a local "car dealer only" auction (the big one that starts with an "M"), and prior to completing the purchase had a pre-purchase inspection performed. The car passed the inspection with one exception - the transmission pan gasket was leaking. As a result, I completed the purchase and then immediately replaced both the transmission pan gasket and the transmission fluid. In addition, I had an oil change performed and then began to drive and enjoy the car. As it sits today, the car does not leak oil (or transmission fluid) and, in my opinion, it performs as if new. In examining the car, the tires appear to be fresh with lots of tread left, the interior appears to be almost flawless and the body is free from dents or dings (as is the windshield). The paint is good and carries with it a purple and/or blue shimmer that is noticable in direct sunlight (the paint is black but was designed carry purple and blue hues). While the paint does have a few blemises and there is one 3-4 inch scratch on the front hood (the scratch does not break the surface of the paint). Despite some defects, the car's paint remains very attractive (a 2-3 footer) and the car does not need to be repainted. I had the car professionally waxed and, to me, the paint is fully acceptable. As priced, this car presents an exceptional value. An aftermarket warranty can be obtained for this car for $2,499. If you are interested in purchasing this warranty then please contact the dealership. If you are interested in seeing this wonderful example of the best selling 911 ever then please contact Mark Counts at 713-320-3059.