For us simple creatures, nothing puts us at the edge of our seats more than a thrilling drive and when it comes to delivering such immense sensations, there’s aren’t many that can top the experience of driving an old 911.
911s of old, especially the Turbo models, have been notorious for being a handful to control at the limit with multiple reports claiming that most enjoyed a very short lifespan because they ended up being wrapped around trees and lamp posts.
Turbo lag was hugely apparent; and when it spooled up, it opened a floodgate of power you might not be prepared to deal with. The non Turbo models may have been more tame but with an engine sitting behind the rear axle, the vehicle’s dynamics were beyond what most civilians could handle.
Enter the RUF CTR “Yellow Bird”. It had 469 hp and 553 Nm from a 3.4-litre twin-turbocharged engine that most, till today, believed was placed in the wrong end of a car. Power was fed only to the rear wheels, in something that weighed no more than your standard Myvi. Imagine that.
They sure don’t make them like they used to but understandably so. These days, it’s all about appealing to a much wider audience; making a sportscar that everyone, from your aunty to your 17-year old, can simply get in and drive without the imminent threat of….well, a crash.
Those who still enjoying manhandling a car are now minorities and car companies simply can’t survive on them. Without looking too far, the new 992-generation Porsche 911 is one such example.
Sure, the engine may still be at the back but the wildly behaviour that was staple in the air-cooled 911s have been so significantly dialed down, without sacrificing the culture of a proper 911, that it’ll take a complete fool to mess up a drive.
They may be easier to go faster in, safer and more well-equipped but here’s a reminder, at least, of what the good old days were about.