DECEMBER 2014 (ISSUE 249)
We decided it was time to big up the 996 on the front cover of the December 2014 issue. Why? Well, many would say that we’ve always been generous to the 996, despite being brutally honest about its many foibles, which is perhaps why others were beginning to accuse us of some sort of vendetta. Whatever, we decided on the ‘star car’ studio treatment and a reappraisel of the 996’s position on the 911 ladder, which was to say very much at the bottom, but take advantage of that fact now because such a state of affairs won’t last forever and nor will the bargains. And you know what? We were right, too!
Elsewhere we put the then new 991 GT3 through its paces at a very wet Silverstone, which was a stern test for both its Michelin Cup tyres and traction control systems.
Devoid of such trickery was a narrow bodied classic 911 with a 930 Turbo engine installed in its rear by our good friend Johan Dirckx. Needless to say it was overkill – but in a highly fun rear tyres shredding sort of way.