Wednesday, April 28, 2010

1400 km in a Porsche 924 Carrera GT in 1.5 days

I just came back from a 2 days trip to pick up the Porsche 924 Carrera GT. It took me 1'400 km roughly to drive it back to my home. So, as you would expect, I got an impression of this car. And, I am impressed. The car now is roughly 30 years old, but it is still a joy to drive and you feel both safe and well supported in this car. I must say, almost everything I read about this car, is true. The engine sound for example is not what you would dream of. It's a bit like the sound of the Alpine A110 1600 S, but I like the raspy note between 2'500 and 3'500 rpm. The handing feels absolutely state of the art, even today! I have mainly done highways and a few A and B roads, but the cars handles really nicely.
The performance is good, but what really makes your day is the boost when you reach 3'000+ rpm, the turbo wispers and off you are! That's really a sensation. I never liked turbo engines for daily driving, but if you drive for the driving's sake, then it's quite cool!
What stroke me though is the fuel efficiency of this car. I filled the thank (roughly 83 liters capacity) in the North of France and at home there was still some left after 880 km. I was able to get 70 liters in. So despite some fast touring the car stayed below 10 liters per 100 km, that's quite good!
Gear change isn't really perfect, but after some practicing you have it under control.
And it doesn't take you more than a tunnel trip to read the complete car operating manual. The various Volkswagen sourced buttons create no mysteries.
I can really understand why so many people loved this car and kept it for quite some time.


lupoch said...

So it looks like your question "E30 M3 or 924 CGT?" has been answered...
Looking forward to having a closer look at it

Bruno von Rotz said...

yep, it's answered. 406 always beats a couple thousands ....