Seems a lot of my cars are whirlwind romances of late.
I loved the GTS. As any run out model will often achieve, the 997 GTS picked out all the perfect bits from the parts bin from a model that has a very successful eight years between 2004 to 2012. The most notable being the widebody shell, powerkit and the sports exhaust system.
It’s also got a notable benefit of having 4 seats which is the one single benefit it has over a GT3, otherwise I just couldn’t help feel with romantic hindsight that I simply longed for the GT3.
Visually, it’s an iconic representation of one of the most evocatively designed cars ever. The 997 was a perfect attempt to bring the classic 993 shape back to life again. In guards red with the single nut wheels in black, it really did look special.
As a driver, there’s no fault to be given to its handling. The levels of mechanical grip are astonishing and provides instant, detailed feedback on both the rear wheels and the front, via the wonderful, thin spoked alcantara trimmed wheel.
Add to this near 190MPH performance and there is no obvious competitor to this car with 4 seats. Its vocal engine is a thumping powerplant. It sings through its Porsche sports exhaust system and has impressive lungs in any gear, providing reassuring levels of performance throughout.
Unfortunately the recent burglary has given me impetus to keep my head low for a while. But I’ll be back.0