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80’s 911 to Testarossa

Discussion in 'Boxers/TR/M' started by oo7ml, Jul 20, 2020.

  1. oo7ml

    oo7ml Rookie

    Dec 4, 2018
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    Hi,

    I’m very close to picking up a long awaited Testarossa.

    My only classic car experience is my current 1986 Porsche 911 3.2 Carrera.

    I would love to hear from a few people who’ve had experience driving both. I love the 3.2 Carrera, however I’m intrigued to know if the Testarossa is as difficult to drive... i.e - heavy unforgiving heart box, etc
     
  2. Grease Donkey

    Grease Donkey Rookie

    Jul 5, 2018
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    Not so very different in my experience. Both have lots of grip. Once you get beyond the limits they are very difficult to stabilize. 911 probably easier to learn on the limit (dry road). Mid engined TR extremely hard to get back on track. Rain (Aquaplaning) easier with TR due to factory locking diff (torque differences smaller between left and right) and weight distribution (911 engine behind rear axle is a total disaster in rain; ask me how I know). Torque of TR very linear and turbine like. Shifting of TR much more precise. Brakes better on 911. Seating position is much lower on TR.
     
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  3. oo7ml

    oo7ml Rookie

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    Great, thank you for this, much appreciated
     
  4. donv

    donv F1 World Champ
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    Testarossa feels MUCH bigger. The 911 (I had an 85 for about 20 years, now have a 75) is just much more nimble, and easier to know where the corners are. It's great on a tight twisty road. The Testarossa, while it can do tight twisty roads, is great on the open highway. Very different experience.

    Basically, in an urban environment, the 911 is much easier and nicer to drive. But on the open road, the opposite is true.
     
  5. oo7ml

    oo7ml Rookie

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    Thanks, which has an easier gear change?
     
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  6. donv

    donv F1 World Champ
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    I would say Testarossa, although it depends on the condition of the clutch. The 911 gearbox is famously vague, Testarossa much less so, but as I recall, the clutch is a bit heaver and trickier in the Testarossa. It's been a long time since I've driven a Testarossa, though.
     
  7. Natkingcolebasket69

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    Yeah my TR felt best on backroads with reasonable curves but not too tight, hairpin and everything with no steering assist gets annoying !


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  8. turbo-joe

    turbo-joe F1 Veteran

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    NO, this is only for your fitness. other go to gym and do exercise, you sit in your car for doing ;)
     
  9. Natkingcolebasket69

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    ;)


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