TEU­TONIC TAL­ENT

The Porsche 911 is of­ten de­scribed as the best all-round sports car on the planet. Is the 911 Car­rera 4 GTS Cabri­o­let the best of all? gets to grips with a Ger­man icon

Hong Kong Tatler - - Life | Cars -

Adam Hay-ni­cholls

t 52 years old, the Porsche 911 is prob­a­bly the most de­vel­oped car ever built. Each gen­er­a­tion sees new gains: more con­trol, im­proved safety, greater power and sharper looks. Those frog-eye head­lamps, the en­gine at the back and the se­duc­tively slop­ing roofline re­main; the pack­age is con­sis­tently a tech­no­log­i­cal tour de force and per­haps the most iconic of all four-wheeled sil­hou­ettes.

One gripe I have with 911s, though, is that they’re ev­ery­where. We’re told luxury trends are go­ing be­spoke, that wealthy peo­ple all want one of a kind. The psy­cho­log­i­cal point of sports cars has al­ways been to stand out. Dart-shaped Fer­raris and Lam­borgh­i­nis jam the feeds of ev­ery petrol­head’s Instagram; less so the 911. It’s so in­grained in our con­scious­ness that the 911 no longer shocks the senses vis­ually.

Although I en­joy noth­ing more than to spend a week with a head-turn­ing au­to­mo­bile, a long-term re­la­tion­ship with a “car-parazzi”

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