May 10, 2012 9:35 PM |
Posted By: Secret Supercar Owner
Rated 3.2 out of 5.0 by 6 members
I have had a Porsche as a semi daily driver for about 2 ½ years now. It can't say I love the Porsche but I have come to respect it greatly. The only two times it has not started right up were my own fault as I let it sit for more than a week without being put on a battery charger. In the early days, it did have a tendency to consume quite a bit of soft Continental rubber but since I switched to Toyos it has been much lighter on the wallet in that area. Personally I think the Toyos ride better anyway. As a daily driver, it really is a very comfortable car to drive and visibility is excellent. I have driven it in all different types of weather conditions and never had it put a foot wrong, including the current very wet drought. Handling is excellent and I would call it very fast rather than initially quick. From 30 mph to well north of 70 mph it really pulls hard. When I first started driving the car, getting used to how high the adhesion limits were took quite a bit of getting used to. I does have a tendency to drink a bit of oil, and a liter is needed every couple of thousand miles. Build quality is really excellent and it has never needed anything except routine maintenance. On the road, I have found it to be much quicker than most Astons, Bentleys, and Mercs that I have run across and certainly this has not amused at least a few owners of the first.
On another front, I recently acquired a Ferrari 430 Scuderia. I was not really even looking for one but this is what happens when you have a delayed flight, time to kill, and start scanning the classifieds. Several years ago I drove a good friend's Scuderia across the Alps and smiled for the rest of the week. Ever since then it has been on the bucket list. However until now, I had not run across one in the spec I was looking for and other cars kept diverting my attention. This one is a very late production model on which just about every option has been checked. After two weeks and over 1500 miles behind the wheel of the Scuderia, I am really delighted with it. Beyond being just a very focused track oriented Ferrari, it is an absolute blast to drive. My brother took it out for a long drive and announced that that was the most fun he had in a car in as long as he could remember. He is now looking to buy one as well. Normally I am not a fan of F1/paddle gearboxes but the one in the Scuderia is just great and fits the personality of the car perfectly. Run the tach needle north of 6000 rpms, pull the right paddle, keep your foot in it, bam, and you are off like a scalded cat. It is just outright fun. Set the manettino to race with the dampers in soft, go find a A or B road and enjoy. The traction control is dialed back enough to let you have quite a bit of fun while still providing a cushion if you really need it . As impressive as the engine is at thrusting you forward, the engine braking is phenomenal. The big ceramic brakes are great but the really skill in driving a Scuderia well is in how you work the gearbox both up and down the cogs. Drive it with a bit of skill with enthusiasm and it really comes alive. The cockpit is a sea of alcantara, carbonfiber, and aluminum. Spartan, focused, and just plain cool would be the best ways of describing it. This is one car that Ferrari got right.
Oh and the Porsche is a Cayenne Turbo.