Hypocrisy of the au­to­mo­tive press

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dear Sir,

First, let me say how much I en­joy your mag­a­zine and the en­thu­si­as­tic ar­ti­cles on new and old

911s. My com­plaint is with the au­to­mo­tive press in gen­eral, es­pe­cially here in the US. I get so frus­trated with all the 996 bash­ing con­cern­ing the head­lights. I never read about any­one dis­parag­ing the look of GT1S. Same with the 915 trans­mis­sion. Never do you read about a jour­nal­ist be­moan­ing the 915 trans­mis­sion in a 1973 RS or S. It’s the same shop-worn, sanc­ti­mo­nious and hyp­o­crit­i­cal cliches when it comes to the PDK trans­mis­sion not be­ing as ‘visceral’ as a man­ual. Again, I see no one com­plain­ing about the new GT2 RS, Porsche’s most ex­treme 911 ever, and the fact it only comes with a PDK. Stephen Gies the 996 al­ways has and per­haps al­ways will di­vide opin­ion among en­thu­si­asts, re­gard­less of whether it shares head­lights with a Le Man­swin­ning race car or not. the same goes for the other in­stances you high­light, re­gard­ing porsche’s most ex­treme 911 ever, the Gt2 rs, be­ing pdk only, or the 2.7 car­rera rs with 915 trans­mis­sion. How­ever, if we all liked the same things, the world would be a bor­ing place. there are many pos­i­tives to be taken from each sit­u­a­tion high­lighted: the 996’s di­vi­sive na­ture has kept the car af­ford­able, al­low­ing more en­thu­si­asts to en­ter the mar­ket. the

Gt2 rs be­ing pdk-only has al­lowed purists to get on with buy­ing man­ual cars while the tur­bocharged rennsport in ques­tion is scur­ried away into col­lec­tions. We can only en­cour­age you to use to­tal 911, along with other sources, to broaden your knowl­edge of porsche to make an in­formed de­ci­sion on any opin­ion you may hold. It’s all part of the fun, right?

BE­LOW GT1 is the most ex­pen­sive road 911 ever sold at auc­tion yet is styled on a 996

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