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P9 AKN – The First Drive

Look at it!

My son’s first reaction on seeing the car for the first time was: “WHOA!” A GT3!

They say an apple never falls far from the tree and my son clearly also has petrol in his veins. The way he made a beeline to a white GT3 at JZM Porsche was proof of this. He insisted on sitting in the car and kept saying ‘wow’ as he clocked the features of the car, especially the enormous  rear wing.

That Wing

When I asked him whether he preferred it to the car  in which we drove there, a white convertible 911 C2S, he responded loudly and clearly and much to my embarrassment: “Of Course”. The salesman and some other prospective clients fell about laughing.

“You gotta buy it now!” was the general consensus. Sigh.

He loves the car so much (as do I) that I have promised that he will get the car. I will never, ever, sell it.

And this is a good thing I think. The values of all ‘GT’ cars, ‘GT3’s and GT3 RS’s have skyrocketed in the past few years. Every single low mileage 991 GT3 costs a minimum of 25k more than new! The 991.2 GT3 will cost about 60k more than new when the first used ones hit the market. One dealer demanded 190k to supply me one. Every single GT3 RS costs more than 90k(!!!!) more than its list price. Yikes. I saw a 2007 GT3 for 110k! thats a ten year-old car. The hallowed ‘R’ and ‘4.0 RS’ models are north of 500k and you cannot buy them new anymore. Forget it. These are truly special limited edition cars and are frankly worth every penny.

I now understand the hype around them.

Even Richard Hammond, previously of Top Gear said: “The Porsche 911 GT3 is so good I just had to buy one myself”

This car (and its variants) has the best concentration of the values and characteristics we petrol-heads look for in a car. You do not even have to like the car to be blown away by its qualities as Jeremy Clarkson, a famous 911 hater, was when he drove one. He once said during a review of the 2010 version: “I have always despised the car (911)”.

He ended that same review with these words:”I want a GT3″.

I think that says it all.

Specifications:

Engine 3799cc flat-six, direct injection
Max power 475bhp @ 8250rpm
Max torque 324 lb ft @ 6250rpm
0-60 3.5sec (claimed 0-62mph)
Top speed 196mph
Vehicle Layout Rear-Engined, RWD, 2-Door, 2-Passenger Coupe
Weight 1,435 kg

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19 thoughts on “P9 AKN – The First Drive

  1. Ok, Akin so I am not happy with this review, you have succeeded in making me a driver of a brand new 991 Mk2 cabriolet feel like I am driving a Mondeo ? All I can say is ‘I was a teeny weeny bit envious when I saw the first pictures of this car, now I am full blown jealous!’

  2. I am green with envy. I would love to hear what that engine sounds like at 9000 rpm. Porsche keeps finding ways to keep you. Congratulations on your new ride when I grow up who knows!

  3. I feel you bro, love your ride man mi. Surprised you rate it better than an e30 m3 considering how incredible that car was. Also must confess I’m shocked it weighs just 235 kilos more than the e30 m3 and packed with near 500hp, that’s incredible and serious engineering feat there. Now I want one even more, cause the e30 m3 is what I compare any car to in terms of performance and lightness, so to be so close in weight and with that much tech and performance is shocking. Love it

  4. Brilliant write up and review what a beauty, congrats once again and many years of safe driving. Now your a 911 legend 7th one waoooooh, Top Gun lol. Now the dream begins for moi.

  5. Seriously
    This is exactly how to review a car
    Now all we have to do is send this review to The Grand Tour GT and apply for a job

    Enjoy the car and keep it O sound investment

  6. If the truth be told, I’M JEALOUS..lol but yes i am.. it looks monstrously deadly … taking no prisoners.. all its made for is the black tar and a stiff foot on its pedals….Happy Driving or should it be safe driving?

  7. Seems to be an amazing drive from all the reviews. Absolutely no criticism in sight, and i agree nothing comes close to its performance at the same price! Make sure you schedule a trip to the Nürburgring with some spare tyres! 😀

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