thought aloud by pablo deferrari
The funny thing about this is that whoever nicknamed those two models didn't realize the great potential they had. Sure, they weren't as powerful as the 911, but did they have to be cast off as something a bit limp-wristed? We may laugh at this reference, but in reality, it's a bit silly.
"...what a great handling, nimble little car that sucked air on one side and let out a fierce growl on the other."
She couldn't peel me away from the thing...that howl at the upper reaches of the tach was seriously intoxicating. So much so that the excitement of that sound caused me to push her hard enough to break the back end loose a few times around a tight curve. It was that good.
The first generation 986s were called "lead-sleds," presumably by the same dickheads who looked down their noses at the 944...pff house wife's car, do me a favor. It took great skill to squeeze out all of that little 2.5's muscle, and a hell of a lot of fun trying as any enthusiast would attest. My only regret was selling it cheifly because of the IMS scare, but also because we had our fun and decided to step back in Porsche time getting into something a bit more vintage. At 70.000 miles, we'e never had a serious hiccup.
I remember Matt Mariani and Jim Doerr suggesting that I include these great little cars, I was hesitant at first fearing the magazine would become a bit like watered down Scotch. But that won't be the case. It can only enrich and let others in on the new thinking of Porsche, borne from the lessons of our fab four. The early second generation of water-cooled cars everyone avoids like the clap will too have their day, it's inevitable.
Nostalgia, you can't resist it.