Porsche 911 3.2 Carrera vs Porsche 964 Carrera 2
One year ago, I had never driven any iteration of Zuffenhausen’s legendary sports car. Fast forward to present day, and I have been behind the wheel of myriad Porsche 911s, from a gorgeous 2.0-litre ‘S’ through to each variation of the 991-type platform.
For a lifelong fan of the other prancing horse, it has been the most remarkable experience, fuelled with high-octane ‘benzin’ and completed with a flat-six soundtrack.
It’s fair to say, then, that a lot can change in 12 months. However, two generations of neunelfer have evaded my presence: an impact-bumper 911 (commonly referred to as G-Series cars) and the rapidly appreciating 964.
While I have seen plenty of both during my tenure at Total 911, I have yet to even sit in either. That is until now, as I’m about to complete my royal flush in spectacular fashion.
The Guards red 964, a few car lengths in front of me on the Hertfordshire tarmac, squats vivaciously as we exit another tightening sweep deep inside England’s green, rolling countryside.
The 964 shoots forward, the bark from its tailpipe rising before falling off into the distance as daylight emerges between its smooth rear bumper and the front end of the 911 Carrera 3.2 piloted by yours truly.
In my zest to keep up, I change the long-levered G50 gearbox from third to second, taking my time to make a pronounced ‘dogleg’ movement between the two ratios.
The lethargy of my shift allows me to keep the change within the capabilities of the cone synchromesh, but the added tenths of a second have let the 964 become an even more distant focal point.