The famous ‘ducktail’ spoiler

There are some options you MUST add to the spec of any 911 which will increase your enjoyment of the car and they are:

  1. The Sport Chrono Package. Its functions provide an even sportier definition of chassis, engine and gears. you can choose between three settings: Normal, SPORT and  SPORT PLUS. Sport plus is the full ‘unhinged’ mode and really should only be used on a race track. In this mode, the engine is in its sharpest mode, the exhaust is on loud, the gearbox is in its fastest setting and the suspension is at its firmest. Full attack mode.
  2. Sports Exhaust. This enhances point number 1 above.
  3. PDK. This is Porsche’s class leading dual-clutch gearbox and is key to the car’s Jekyll and Hyde character. You can leave the car in normal, automatic mode and cruise top down with one arm on the door or go into full attack ‘Lewis Hamilton’ mode at the press of a button. (Lewis Hamilton attack mode is actually known as ‘Hammertime’ for the F1 aficionados)
  4. The Bose Sound system (or the money-no-object Burmeister system). This utilises 12 active speakers to deliver the second best sound in any car I have ever been in. Blasting The Weekends’ ‘Starboy’ while cruising top down is a life affirming experience.  The Burmeister system is truly stagerring in its depth, clarity and volume. The musical experience is orchestra level and must be one of the best sound systems ever fitted to any car. Frankly, it may be too much for a sports car.
The ‘Psycho’ buttons

The car never let me down once. It started first time every time , never broke down and was relatively affordable to run considering the kind of searing pace it was capable of. In 30,000 miles, it needed only one set of tyres and three services. Putting fuel, depreciation (more on this later) and insurance costs to one side, the car cost me less than £4,000 in total!!!! The running costs were on a par with any executive saloon.  This is a car that can be used everyday and indeed, this has been one of the models unique selling points for decades.

This model though, capable as it is, is not my favourite 911. That honour belongs to my previous car, The  911 C4S  (model code 997.2). A car not as perfect as this one. Why would I prefer what is quite clearly (on paper) a technically  ‘inferior’ car? Why would I prefer a slower, less comfortable, less efficient car? The answer is simple. My previous car was greater than the sum of its parts, the 991.1 was almost too perfect. Porsche has honed its capabilities to such a degree that some of the ‘soul’ and character has been eroded. I admire, even respect the 991.1 but I loved the 997.2.

So on Saturday morning, I pointed the nose of the car up the M40 to cover my last 100 miles in the car. I was headed to Solihull Porsche, where this particular 911 story began about three years ago. It was a journey tinged with a bit of regret. This was the last time I would be in this car after some truly memorable experiences and a faultless record.

I recently came across one particular fascinating fact: Over 70% of all 911’s ever built are still on the roads today! So to paraphrase  Patek Philippe’s legendary slogan: “You never actually own a 911, you merely look after it for the next generation.”

So farewell P9 AKN, I hope your next custodian enjoys you as much as I did.

At the end of a near-perfect, 30,000 mile journey.

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33 thoughts on “P9 AKN – The Last Drive

  1. Very nice experience by the looks of it, shame you had to part with it, but certain you are in a nicer 911.

  2. Great read Akin! I remember the day you bought it and the grin on your face told a thousand stories. Can’t wait to see what arrives next…

  3. So now that we’ve been taken on a recap of the adventure and experiences you had with the current bearer of P9 AKN, it’s only fair to bid our farewells to the outgoing, and set the roads ready for the incoming and what will be the new bearer of P9 AKN. By the read of it … whatever it will turn out to be, (Notting less than a Rarri 488 GTB) it will certainly have a big hole to fill.

  4. Awesome write up Akin, only only question! The Ducth Ban are you sure it wasn’t more than 3 years!!

  5. Awesome write up. I wish I could pop out and buy one right now. I read the Dutch episode in Giggles, as I recall you telling that story. One minor correction… Lewis Hamilton mode…. this is called ‘Hammer Time’! Thanks for sharing your thoughts/love of cars. Ps. Pls can I come see your new car!

  6. Fantastic write up, almost made me jealous of your writing skills and not the wonderful car you had or even the new one you will be acquiring.

    You have inspired me to take pen to paper and write about my passions, so I might not follow you down the paths of say maybe a GT3, but you will definitely be reading more from me.

    We however wait with baited breath to see what like Doctor Who, the new P9 AKN regenerates as!

  7. Great write up, thanks for sharing a beautiful riding experience . Just one quick question, why take it back after 30000 miles? Was it a guaranteed buy back deal with mileage restriction? Or was it just your personal choice not to keep it any longer?
    Hope to own one one day ??

    1. Good question…It was nothing to do with mileage and buy back options, I had thoroughly enjoyed the car and basically craved more.

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