Reformed Porsche “Hater”

2 10 2010

Before I even delve into this post, let me backtrack and explain the title before I get flamed. To say that I was a Porsche hater isn’t entirely true, what I mean to say is I used to believe that Porsche’s were overrated for the money.

Being the car lover that I am, living in Northern Virginia is great for seeing cars that some only see on TV or in magazines. That being said, I think most NoVA-ers would agree that Porsches have a tendency to be the Honda Civic or Ford Mustang of luxury cars. By this I mean that it seems that once one has started earning a high enough salary, Porsche seems to be on the frontline for luxury sport cars. So it’s easy to lose that awe for seeing a Porsche, especially the Boxster or Carrera, when there’s another one on the road every 5 minutes (like the Civic or Mustang).

I went quite awhile with this view of Porsche (the successful man’s Civic), until I met a friend with a Porsche 911 GT3. From the moment I saw his car I loved it but I still had my prejudices. It was certainly more attractive than the Carrera and Boxster but was it worth over 100k? Either I have amazing charm or a good friend because he let me drive his GT3 not once, but twice, once with him and once alone. It was at this moment I fell in love, sure it’s not the fastest car you can buy for that money. I could easily buy a ZR1 with that money and have at least 200 more hp. Now coming from an Acura RSX-S, of course the Porsche was much more powerful but it wasn’t even the power that won me but the entire feel of the car was just right. It’s so connected with the road and does exactly what you want it to do that it’s hard not to experience a new love for driving. I can’t say that if I had 115K that I would buy a GT3, but I definitely wouldn’t rule it out.

So to end this post I’m going to leave you with a few pictures from my car meet days and a link to the 2011 Porsche 911 GT2 RS (it’s beautiful)
2010 Paris Motor Show: Porsche 911 GT2 RS

Me in my friend's Porsche 911 GT3

Me in my friend's Porsche 911 GT3

Skyline Cruise

Skyline Cruise with friends