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I drove a 996 Twin Turbo on Wednesday...is amazing (archive)

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Posted by Bluntman on July 28, 2000 at 12:53:09:

In Reply to: Saw New 911 Turbo on 280, looks great and differen posted by t from regular Carrera. on July 28, 2000 at 12:20:46:

A friend of mine drove his new 996 Twin Turbo from the dealership in Tampa to his home in Miami on Wednesday. I made sure I was there with my digicam for his arrival. Luckily, he let me take a quick spin around the block. I had driven his previous 993 Twin Turbo several times, so it is pretty easy for me to see the drastic changes between the two cars.

It's amazing how much the car has changed in comparison to the 993 TT. The new one is much more refined, packed with gadgets, and luxury-car like. The interior finish is beautiful, with an aluminum trimmed center console and aluminum accents all around. It definitely superior to the interiors of other 996s...as it should be. The exterior is beautifully done and certainly looks more muscular than "plain vanilla" 996. I especially like the new headlights, front air dam, and both sets of rear side vents (on the fender and the bumper). The new "whale tail" is nice and certainly more subtle than the GT3 style wing, although not as aggressive as the tail of the 993 TT.

In the old 911 Twin Turbo, it felt like it was just you and the car. From an enthusiast's point of view, I think I prefer the old one as the new one is almost TOO refined. The 993 TT was the latest and the greatest of the air-cooled 911s and it was much more raw than the new variant. However, if I had to choose one to be my daily driver, I would definitely pick the 996 (my friend has the luxury of leaving his 996 TT in the garage and driving his E55 //AMG). The new Turbo can be driven at a leisurly pace and can be quite comfortable even driving in traffic. I still think he should have kept the old one, though. The 993 TT is going to be much more of a collector's item than the 996 TT.

I will post pics of me behind the driver's seat as soon as I get home ;-)

-Bluntman


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