7 Where did it go wrong for the Porsche 997?

Flicking through my car mags I can't help but notice how the Porsche 911 has fallen from favour. Its less than 5 years since the 997 Carrera 2 S was launched. This car won every test going, but since then it all seems to have gone down hill. The Nissan GT-R seems to have really rained on Porsche's parade, eating the Turbo for about 60% of the price and the AUDI R8 has gobbled up the lower models.

Should Porsche have just left the 997 Carrera S alone and not meddled with it last year? Is the 997 really old hat, or is it just motoring press fickleness gone mad?

13y ago by Bezza
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Yaspaa  12y ago

Would a 911 still be a 911 with a V8, the Boxer-6 defines the car.


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phavyarden  12y ago

As "WADS" said's, they only are wrong in the position of the engine, it's a little bit primitive, but anyways with that mistake, they create what a quick cars ! but, they have proved that when they put the engine in the middle in a super car(Carrera GT,) they takes the things to a whole new level


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Yaspaa  12y ago

The GTR is all computers, the 997 is more of a proper car, more mechanical.


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BumRush  13y ago

I never knew it went wrong:)


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hilalpro  13y ago

What porsche does need is to get the fully 600 hp from that flat six then jump on to the next level something like a v8 cayman or that upcoming panamera coupe (if they change the back design) and they can set what ever engine they want in that 4wd car in the limit of reasonable.

and they can still back to the 911 when the time is right impressing every body.


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Wads  13y ago

Porsche have only got it wrong in so much as they continue to support the rear engined platform. Porsche engineers have admitted that the Cayman/Boxster platform is superior to the 911 design and most people accept that a Cayman with as much power as its big brother would be the quicker car.


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miqa2  13y ago

NO Its not old . It's just legendary 8)

I wouldn't never take Nissan GT-R over 997 Turbo.

911 Rules !