I know this isn't the first thing I should be commenting on after my first-ever drive in a Porsche 911, but, wow, what a gorgeous interior. The no-nonsense, leather-swathed cabin says "expensive and fast" better than our Audi R8, with all of its carbon fiber trim, or our Nissan GT-R, with its multiple electronic display screens.
Otherwise, it's difficult to draw any comparison between the 911 and other performance cars. Everything about it, from the ignition on the left side of the steering column to the decidedly unconventional pitter-patter of the 3.8-liter flat six, tells you this is not like any other car. Oh, and the engine is behind you. My more experienced coworkers tell me Porsche has tamed the 911 a great deal from its tail-spinning days, but you can still tell this is not your typical vehicle the first time you turn into a corner and realize you've automatically compensated for understeer that, in this case, doesn't exist. The 4S holds the road tenaciously, which, frankly, scares the hell out of me because I'm not sure when all that grip will translate into a catastrophic loss of grip.... Read full article