Ownership Review written by Joey Keys Since a young age I’ve been fascinated by Porsche, 911s in particular. When I was growing up, I would always stop and stare when a 911 went by on the street. I also begged my parents to take me to the local Porsche dealership to take a look at the cars on the forecourt, all shiny in different colours. One time, when I was about 12, a salesman came out and invited me in to the dealership and let me sit in a brand new 911, it made my year! He also gave me a 911 brochure, which was a hardback book. I studied that brochure for months, reading all the technical features – not necessarily understanding them! I was hooked, sadly it took a long while before I could afford one, they were always in the back of my mind. I worked my way through the hot hatch phase, followed by budget sportscars until finally I started to see older 911s falling into my price bracket. I went to look at a Porsche 911 Carrera 4S 996, in Basalt Black with Red seat belts. I loved the look but sadly it looked a […]
Ownership Review by Richard ‘Jackal’ Morris The 968 Club Sport feels heavy, solid, rudimentary and mechanical. It’s a blunt edged brute with perfect balance as its trump card. When you were a kid, if you imagined how an archetypal ‘sportscar’ would feel, well this is it; rear wheel driven, meaty controls, a firm ride and a long bonnet stretching out in front of you. When you set off you immediately have a sense of this mechanical mass, a handmade arrangement of metal and cogs and arms and bushes. It’s a very simplistic feel, quite crude in fact. If you are thinking BMW E30 M3 or Lancia Delta Integrale of the same vintage then think again, it has a more rounded feel. The steering is full of communication, but on standard geometry and standard or M030 dampers, the turn in of the car is less precise than some of its peers. The Club Sport goes exactly where you want it to and it imparts massive confidence turning in but it’s never a sharp, light-footed or even a nervous experience. In standard form you couldn’t call it a tool-like car. In many ways this is a good thing though and it makes […]
Ownership Review written by Donald Hossack Owning a Porsche 911 Turbo in 996 guise has been nothing short of phenomenal. I’ve had mine for over seven years now and covered 35,000 of the 79,000 mile total, so clearly I am smitten. The 996 Turbo is a 6 speed manual, Basalt Black model with a full black leather interior. Options that were selected when new include the aluminium interior trim pack, white dials, electric seats and Alcantara roof lining. The electronics that help make this car so useable, Porsche Stability Management, regardless of the weather, came as standard on the Turbo. So what drew me in to 996 Turbo ownership? It was the combination of supercar performance, a reputation of reliability, the four wheel drive safety net, it’s suitability for occasional track use and the 2+2 layout that meant I could even take my son and daughter along for the ride. When you try and factor all of these attributes into a car, nothing comes even close to offering what the 996 Turbo can. I briefly looked at the Subaru Impreza, Audi TT, Mercedes SL and even closer to home with the 911 Carrera 4S but when I first sampled the 996 […]
Ownership Review written by JP O’Brien My following of the Porsche brand over the decades can be pretty much described as religious, especially when it comes to the GT models like the 911 GT3. I’ve hankered after some form of the GT3 for years, most recently the 997.2 GT3, which in my mind was the last great GT3 model, being the final manual transmission, track orientated 911. I love the race-car-for-the-road philosophy that the GT3 represents. The purity of the driving experience is perfection, as a driver connected to the car and then straight to the tarmac. When word got out that there was to be a Cayman GT car, the GT4, I knew it would be a special piece of kit. Porsche delivered on my expectations. The GT4 ticked all the boxes; exclusivity, performance and looks that could kill. Unfortunately all the build slots in the UK were either allocated before the GT4 was officially announced or reserved for the most loyal Porsche customers at each dealership, so I almost gave up hope of securing one. In what seemed like a whirlwind couple of days I was tipped off by M R Sportscars about a vacant build slot in […]
Ownership Review written by Scott Laurie I have written a couple of articles on Porsche 911‘s, including 964s, 993s and 996 GT3 RS’s – all have their dedicated followers. Most Porsche aficionados will know and understand the merits of the air cooled cars and also that when Porsche introduced water cooled cars that (apart from the outcry by Porsche fans that no more air cooled cars were being produced) the new water cooled cars were to suffer from design faults such as IMS (intermediate shaft failure) and bore scoring. YouTube and just about every Porsche themed magazine has written articles detailing the issues, the cures and the risk you take when buying one. In short all Boxsters, 996 and 997 model Porsches up until Generation 2 models (with the exception of Turbo and GT3 models) have potential catastrophic engine problems with IMS or Bore Scoring – don’t they? It’s certainly something that put me off buying a stock 996, but funnily enough we owned two Boxsters, both as daily drivers and never had any issue with them. Also, crucially we never really worried about it. Ignorance is bliss. So why now would I buy a 996 Carrera 4S that could […]
Straight out of the future, the Audi R8 and it’s striking looks set it apart from rivals. The unique styling cues, its iconic Sideblades, wide front intakes beneath the headlights and tail lights are still bang up to date. Audi have done very little to change the looks over the last seven years, why would they, when they got it so right from the very beginning? Audi also hit gold with the engine layout and drivetrain. The mid engined format let’s everyone know this is no half hearted attempt at a supercar and the initial sellout of the car for the first 12 months before production started showed they had a winning formula. The choice of engine was also going to crucial, they started out with the rev happy B7 RS4 powerplant and set it up for dry sump lubrication which crucially allowed them to mount it low in the aluminium spaceframe chassis. This lowered the centre of gravity of the whole car, improving the handling. The other benefit of moving to dry sump lubrication is it eradicates oil pickup and surge issues associated with a wet sump setup. On track it can be pushed to the limits without any […]
We are a Porsche Specialist based in rural Hertfordshire. We are located in a small village called Codicote, which is close to Knebworth, Welwyn Garden City & Stevenage. Our closest train station is Stevenage, we would happily pick you up from there to view a car. We are close to the A1M, M1 and M11 motorways. Our closest airports are Stansted and Luton if you are flying to come and view one of our cars. M R Sportscars is a trading name of Revival Sports Cars Limited, a company registered in England and Wales, registered number: 07624585 | VAT number: 264 5239 94 With regards to finance, we are a credit broker and not a lender. If requested, we can introduce you to a number of credit providers who may be able to offer you finance for your vehicle. Revival Sports Cars Limited (trading as M R Sportscars) are authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.