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The Weekend Australian - Magazine - - Motoring -

PORSCHE 911 EN­GINE: me, even the de­cals. The test ex­am­ple looked es­pe­cially fetch­ing thanks to some choice op­tions in­clud­ing black wheels and tinted glass. In­side, it added a full-leather cabin with yel­low stitch­ing, seatbelts and door pulls. I even liked de­tails such as the man­ual shift pat­tern etched in red and “911” em­broi­dered into the head­rests. There’s Bose au­dio and air­con, of course. A hair­shirt it ain’t.

And, rarely for a press car these days, it was a man­ual. Three ped­als are the per­fect match for a car like this, and a bit of a treat be­cause at this level, in par­tic­u­lar, most brands don’t even of­fer one any more. It’s quicker with a dou­ble-clutch au­to­matic but where’s the pu­rity in that? Hap­pily, Porsche still makes great man­ual gear­boxes and from be­hind the wheel it means you can­not help but en­gage with the car. I en­joyed every minute.

The T also serves to high­light the na­ture of the 911 – im­per­fect but en­gag­ing. Its chas­sis and steer­ing say “drive me”. It has a great stance, feels con­nected to the road and even rides well.

Of course, there are draw­backs: the fiercer sus­pen­sion set­tings can bounce the car around on coun­try roads, forc­ing a re­turn to Com­fort mode. Bumps kick back through the wheel. And tyre noise can be ex­ces­sive, while the en­gine could do with more drama. In a car like this, it’s im­pos­si­ble not to be re­minded how Porsche’s nat­u­rally as­pi­rated sixes used to sound.

But there’s a rea­son why Porsche makes money with such an un­likely hero as the 911. It has a lit­tle magic and even at the level of its sim­plest card trick – the 911 T – it forces any­one with driv­ing genes to sus­pend their dis­be­lief. No won­der that’s an elu­sive for­mula.

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