991S Cabriolet awaits
Porsche roads ahead!
Bob and Nancy pose in front of a dream background. Cross Porsche
Treffen off the bucket list.
Bob and Nancy's 991 Adventure
Story and photos by Redwood Region members Bob Sherwood
and Nancy Abruzzini
Cross #1 off the bucket list: Autobahn at HIGH SPEED! On May 1, we
participated in Fast Lane Travel's 100th Porsche Treffen. Owners Peter
Sontag and Thomas Hoferlin have been doing this for 37 years, and the
experience was orchestrated as if done by Porsche engineers.
Our choice of any Porsche model (except Turbo or GT2/3) was a 991
Cabriolet. A month or so before the trip, Peter informed us the
Cabriolet was not yet available. So rather than a 997 Cabriolet, we said
a 991 Coupe would have to do. However, when signing the car documents I
noticed it said Cabriolet and I asked if it was a 997. Due to Peter's
relationship with Porsche, he was able to secure for us the 991
Cabriolet with all of 62 kilometers on the odometer.
After breakfast the next day, out on the parking area sits our metallic
gray 991 Cabriolet with 20" wheels, sport exhaust, PDK and the icing on
the cake...a Carrera S! After a briefing on the interior controls, we
push a button and the top unlatches itself and disappears into the rear
deck area. Push another button and a windscreen raises behind the seats.
From then on, the top was only up when parked at night.
Turn the key and the 3.8 motor comes to life with the sound of the sport
exhaust, and nirvana has begun. I never thought I would have a Porsche
with an automatic transmission, but the 991 PDK is awesome. I drove in
automatic for a while and then switched to manual mode with thumb and
forefinger on either side of the wheel shifting, and it was split second
shifts through the gears thereafter. Switch the sport exhaust from
'tame' to sport and the exhaust tone will compete with any V-8 or V-10,
especially in tunnels and on narrow streets.
On the unlimited speed zone, we got separated from our group by a slower
car passing a truck and once it moved over...OPEN ROAD! Downshift to
4th, pedal down, up to 5th, up to 6th at 263 km/h, (approximately 164
mph), caught the group and Nancy's hair didn't even get messed! I
discovered at subsequent high speed bursts that the first sport setting
for the suspension felt more stable and the steering wheel more precise.
On day two, cruising at over 100 mph, we hit a heavy rainstorm for about
20 minutes. We had the top down and no one slowed so we could put the
top up, but we didn't even get wet. After some reluctance on Nancy's
part (I think she just didn't want to erase the constant smile from my
face), I told her, "You have to drive this incredible car"! Eventually
she consented, drove as fast as 135 mph, and even succumbed to the magic
of the manual shift mode. Her only disappointment was that the
opportunity wasn't there to go faster!
On a long winding downhill road, the sport plus suspension mode came
into play and the road to steering wheel feedback was incredible. The
scenery was reminiscent of the "Sound of Music", although we enjoyed the
symphony of the 3.8 sport exhaust soundtrack instead.
All in all, the Treffen exceeded our expectations and we would recommend
it be added to anyone's bucket list. The 991: There aren't enough words
to describe this car...!