Porsche 997.2 Carrera ultimate guide
Ever since the 964 arrived back in 1989, there has been a decision to make before signing on the dotted line for a new Neunelfer, and that’s whether to choose a car driven by two wheels or four.
Capable as it is, the latter usually brings with it a penalty in terms of weight and complexity, so if all-weather security isn’t a priority and you prefer an arguably purer 911 experience, then rear-wheel drive it is.
Fast forward 20 years and that decision brings us to the 997 Carrera 2 in Gen2 form, a model launched for the 2009 model year and one that was to introduce 911 buyers to some new technology.
The changes for the Gen2 began at the back where the chain-driven 3.6-litre flat six boasted improvements in both power and torque over the first-generation car. An extra 15bhp and 20Nm respectively boosted outputs to a very useful 345bhp and 390Nm, resulting in a 0-62mph time of 4.9 seconds and a 179mph top speed.
Of lightweight alloy construction, the revised unit featured chain-driven camshafts with VarioCam Plus variable valve timing and lift on the inlet side, and a dry sump lubrication system with electronically controlled on-demand pumping to improve efficiency.
The real interest, though, came with the addition of the DFI system, which injected fuel at up to 120 bar and allowed a notably higher 12.5:1 compression ratio.
Euro 5 compliant, the new unit boasted a reduction in CO2 emissions of nine per cent and six per cent better economy in manual form; claimed figures were now 225g/km and 29mpg combined.
Impressively reliable and with no bankrupting IMS or bore-scoring issues to worry about, there’s few concerns for the buyer as long as the example you’re looking at is accompanied by a detailed service history and a fat wad of bills.
With the last cars barely four years old, regular maintenance at an OPC is quite likely, but specialist servicing isn’t prohibitive, with RPM Technik charging £375 for a 20,000- mile check and £953 for the bigger 60,000-mile service.
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