OC­TO­BER 2006 (IS­SUE 151)

911 Porsche World - - The Way We Were -

Oc­to­ber 2006? Doesn’t seem like that long ago really does it, but it’s get­ting on for two model cy­cles in the world of the 911, for ex­am­ple. And talk­ing of which, we were putting the newly launched 997 Turbo through its paces for a UK first drive, with cur­rent Dep Ed, Brett Fraser, at the wheel. He some­how man­aged to get him­self out to Watkins Glen in the good old US of A, to drive it there, too.

Stick­ing with new things, the then new base Cay­man 2.7 starred on the front cover. Other mags had given Porsche a bit of a kick­ing for pric­ing the Cay­man over the Boxster at £36,000, a pre­mium of £3500, with a lead­ing monthly declar­ing: ‘Don’t buy this car.’ We were slightly less em­phatic, urg­ing buy­ers to per­haps ‘think care­fully’ when do­ing the sums, but then viewed against a Cay­man S, which was £8k more, then per­haps it wasn’t too pricey. Of course, with the ar­rival of the 718 Boxster and Cay­man, Porsche has flipped the two and the Cay­man is the de facto en­try level Porsche, so per­haps there was an el­e­ment of cyn­i­cism in the model range and pric­ing back then. What­ever, a 2.7 Boxster 987 is a bloomin’ bar­gain right now.

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