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2010 Porsche 911 Turbo

Apparently, I'm a rain god.

I came to it late in life, admittedly. In the last three weeks, from what I can piece together. Just since I turned forty.

How do I know? Good question. Fact one: Atlanta suffered a five-year drought that ended just recently. Now we've had a month of rain and a 200-year flood. I miss my backyard. Fact two: I've been on two press events in the intervening 11 days since I aged prematurely, and both have been washouts.

The first? The 2010 Kia Sorento. It's an all-wheel-drive family crossover so, psshh, it's a bonus wrinkle on the test-drive experience. The second drencher? Far sadder, here in Portugal, where I skytripped this week to drive the 2010 Porsche 911 Turbo. All last week, nothing but sunshine and blue skies. This week? Sheets of rain. Torrential downpours. Driving wind.

Ascension comes with a heavy price. You can make all the personal-wetness jokes you want, but this is one time I wished my powers would have disappeared for a few hours. Rain is a big-time bummer when you're about to set out on Estoril, the "challenging" track laid out west of Lisbon like some Keith Haring figure dropped dead on its back. It's a bit notorious: not-so-adorable F1 plushie Nigel Mansell got black-flagged here and then slid into Ayrton Senna. It's the scene of many deceptively fast runs that end in a thud instead of glory. Before it fell off the F1 circuit in 1996 it was ticketed by the FIA for multiple safety violations. (If it were an airline, it would either be Chinese or Russian or would have a direction in its name. These are nature's signs to steer clear.)

F1 is gone, but Estoril is very much alive. And dangerous. Even the pro Porsche drivers flown to Portugal to herd journalists safely through its esses call it a difficult track. It's knotted with lots of double apexes, a tight uphill run through curbs that slows down even cars with Turbo-level traction. And it has a huge paddock area, quintupling the possibility that 60 colleagues will watch you blow a shift. Or worse.

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Comments (11)
  1. That must have been fun.

  2. Grow a set of balls and design an all new car! Looks as well! For example Ferrari 458 Italia. It's crazy to think that a company with so much going for them can turn into a one trick pony. Yes it looks good, so does the lamborghini muira, or the Ferrari 355. Grow a set, and ditch the VW Beetle look, i'm bored. PASSION!!!

  3. Hey Marty - Next time you need to go to Europe to drive Porsches, give me a call and I'll bring the raincoats, umbrellas and galoshes!

  4. I just cannot get excited about a Porsche. I'm sure they are technically brilliant cars and wonderful performers, but they are so dammed boring to look at.

  5. Couldn't agree more with the comment about Porsches design, it looks pretty much unchanged throughout its various generations.

  6. As a Porsche owner I think it is great that the shape never changes! It's iconic and the old car never looks dated against the new, and so always retaining it's value when time comes for an upgrade. Also, it was never meant to be a car to pose in - it's a precision tool that puts a very very wide smile on your face everytime you drive it. If a person wants to look pretty and use it to stroke their ego...buy something else.

  7. I do agree that they should keep one model looking the same. Just because all the Porsche fans will get their arse out otherwise. But... you've got to agree that they need one all-new model, just one. To say, this is Porsche, not only are we technically brilliant, but we are also passionate about cars. Not just a bunch of geeks working in a shed. Astons are very similar, but they manage to ignite the fame of passion with every new design, even though it is loosly based on the same concept. Porsche don't do this, because the are all strictly based on the same design. Passion is about creativity and artistic flare, not just technical brilliance.

  8. As a not Porsche owner I think it is no matter that the shape never changes ! When I will got some Porshe maybe than it's will be matter .

  9. Ok, whether or not you like the look, where do you come up with the whole "one look" thought process from? Have you not heard of, say, the Carerra (especially the Carerra GT?), Cayenne, or the Panamera??

  10. i totaly agree with TEAL, this is the catch, porsche is not a japanese car that changes its platform each five years, porsche can not be compared to any automible on earth. it is an engineering marvel, and it is not meant to be sold to those who want a total face left each couple of years. i diagree with adrian to a great extend. porsche owners are those who appreciate static bueaty it is a dream car

  11. Drove the Panamera turbo, what a beast. Handling, power, interior the best.
    Down side $155,000 w/o tax, no spare, no run flat tires. As many time as I have cut side walls on tires not having a spare does not make sense. Also drove the Panamera S. PDK kept hanging up in third gear plus the engine labored under acceleration, all for $122,000. Are both overpriced we'll see considering there is NO NEW TECHNOLOGY ITS ALL FROM THE CAYENNE.

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