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Old 03-25-2012, 07:55 PM
logicalthought logicalthought is offline
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Sadly, the latest issue of "Car" magazine pretty much eviscerates the 991 (relatively speaking, of course, as even they acknowledge that it's still a great car), blaming it on the electric steering and the (optional) dynamic chassis control. Although the latter can be deleted, the electric steering is what it is (at least for now), and has completely turned me off to the car (as well as to the new Boxster, the steering for which has had equally bad reviews). The "alive feeling" of the steering in a 911 had always been one of its best features, and it seems that in an attempt to save a few bucks Porsche may have truly alienated its most loyal group of buyers. Unlike a $40,000- $60,000 BMW 3-series which has become equally "softened" as time progresses and yet has picked up hundreds of thousands of "mass market" buyers, a 911 is a $100,000+ car for which true enthusiasts probably make up a significant slice of its buyers. I doubt that by deadening the steering Porsche will pick up a single "conquest sale" from, say, a Mercedes SL or Jaguar XK, and yet it may very well LOSE its most important core group of buyers. Now we'll just have to see if those engineers in Weissach can refine that new steering mechanism enough to put some real life back into it, or if they instead decide to go back to the hydraulic system. Meanwhile, I guess I may be keeping my M3 a lot longer than I thought I would, as that new 911 no longer seems worth its 60% price premium to me.
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