997.1 Turbo

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“As a su­per­car you can use and take any­where, one of th­ese is the best place to put your money,” says Jamie Tyler of Paragon Porsche. “They’re a great mix­ture of new and ‘old’, and good news for the long term.” Porsche’s 997.1 is the last Turbo to utilise that fa­mous Mezger en­gine (Gen2 cars switched to a DFI unit) and of­fers a far su­pe­rior drive to the 996 be­fore it – not to men­tion a huge leap for­ward in terms of in­te­rior qual­ity. Paragon be­lieve Gen1.5 cars are the most de­sir­able, th­ese models boast­ing a much-needed up­date to the PCM nav­i­ga­tion soft­ware. With 480hp on tap, the 997.1 is still fe­ro­ciously fast by to­day’s stan­dards, and big power gains are achiev­able with rel­a­tively mi­nor (and fully rev­ersible) fet­tling.

“Peo­ple need to reap­praise the man­ual bias, though. For most peo­ple the bet­ter car [in terms of their life­style] is the Tip­tronic – and it’s less wor­ry­ing to buy,” says Jamie’s Paragon col­league, Ja­son. While there’s less to go wrong with a Tip­tronic ‘box, we’ve found the system par­tic­u­larly ar­chaic com­pared to to­day’s PDK sys­tems, and the man­ual is rarer, too.

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