After years of desire for a 911 but being worried about buying a badly maintained car plus the cost of repair bills, I finally purchased a vehicle. It fitted my wishes well. Purchased from a main dealer with full main dealer history, due to Porsche’s extending warranty period my November 2004 997.1 C2S has a dealer warranty to July 2019.
The car has much of the specification I wanted but did not have PASM, rather the Sports chassis. Despite this, I bought the car at sticker price because of the main dealer warranty and service history.
The car is harsh on UK roads but as time has gone on (nine months), I have warmed to the idea of less electronic interruption. The car is also manual with Sports Chrono and adaptive Sports seats.
With this in mind, I was very interested to read in issue 156, page 58 on PASM, a car with similar specification to mine went round the Nürburgring over a minute quicker than the PASMequipped one (Sport suspension option 7.59 against 9.02). Is my spec vehicle that much quicker than PASM?
I am also interested to understand how common the Sports Chassis option was against a normal 997 C2S with PASM. I Suspect the Sports chassis spec could attract a lower price. We must apologise, Stephen, for that is a typo on our behalf – even Walter Röhrl would be very proud of knocking over a minute off his own lap time at the ’Ring! However, to clarify, the 997 C2S with Sport suspension completed an 8.59 lap, which is still marginally quicker than the car without.
Regarding numbers for a Sports chassis versus PA SM, Porsche says it doesn’t hold that data, though as for values we say a Sports chassis doesn’t necessarily command a lower value. The first iteration of PA SM is dated by today’s standards and those with track aspirations would prefer Sports suspension with LSD – that’s a proper driver’s spec, after all, and especially in manual!