2008 Porsche 911 Reviews

2008 911 New Car Test Drive

Introduction

Porsche has been refining, redesigning and updating the basic shape of the 911 sports car for more than 40 years, with versions such as the removable-roof Targa, the cabriolet (convertible), the four-wheel-drive 4S, the awesome Turbo, and high-performance versions called GT2 and GT3. The engine has gone from a VW-based four-cylinder opposed air-cooled engine in the first 911 to a Porsche-designed, liquid-cooled six-cylinder, twin-turbocharged in some models, but always nestled behind the rear window. 

The 2008 Porsche 911 GT2 is the latest model added to the 911 model range, already the broadest ever offered. The addition of the GT2 marks the third time the 911 has been offered in GT2 form. 

The 2008 GT2 is the quickest and fastest Porsche 911 ever built, capable of 0-60 mph acceleration times under 3.5 seconds and a top speed of 204 mph. 

It also offers race-car agility. But the most amazing thing is there's no down side (other than the price, of course). It's quite easy to live with this car and it could even be a daily driver. That's in a car with performance that would have been competitive at Le Mans not too long ago. 

Unlike some other models, like the GT3, which is intended for and homologated for, track racing, the 911 GT2 is a completely equipped, luxury-laden road car that just happens to be lighter, quicker, faster and more agile than the other 911 models. 

In essence, the GT2 is a slightly stripped-down 911 Turbo with more power, lightweight components and without all-wheel drive. Its closest competitors in price would be a Lamborghini Gallardo Superleggera or an Aston Martin V8 Vantage, both of which it can outrun easily. The GT2 costs a less than the Ferrari F430 and the Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione. 

The 911 GT2 comes with a twin-turbocharged 3.6-liter flat six that generates 530 horsepower, 50 hp more than the Turbo, with 505 pound-feet of torque available from just above idle to 4500 rpm, making it extremely flexible and willing in any of its six gears. It gets the extra 50 hp by using its two turbochargers with a very clever new intake system. While most other 911 models are offered with a choice of transmissions, the GT2 is manual only. 

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The 2008 Porsche 911 GT2 comes only one way, loaded, and ready for battle. Although the GT2 model has been deliberately and carefully lightened for better performance, it has all the standard equipment available on other 911 models, including all the usual power assists, windows, locks, mirrors, seats, air conditioning, cruise control, and an excellent AM/FM/CD/MP3 stereo system. Special high-grip Alcantara upholstery comes standard and is used on the seats, steering wheel and shifter. 

Options include the Sport Chrono package ($690) that enables the driver to time laps from inside the car and download the data later, a 325-watt, 7-channel, 13-speaker Bose sound system ($1390), Park Assist ($530), and DVD navigation ($2110). 

Safety features include six air bags, ABS, traction control and electronic stability control. 

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