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Just watched Deutsche Welle's Drive It! via SPB-TV [ http://desktoptv.spbtv.com/ ], watched them gush over the new Porsche 911 Carrera 4 with four-wheel drive, and watched the driver nearly spin out when taking a corner. It brought back memories of my 1970 "test drive" of a Porsche 911 on Nürburgring and coming to the conclusion it was prone to over steer (think axe or hammer - which end goes first when thrown - yeah I spun out). Even with the much, much wider rear tires and four-wheel drive, it looks like it still would tend to over steer. This is why Porsche drivers don't drive them in winter.

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My first Porsche experience was in a '94 Carrera 4S. It still ranks in the top 5 best rides of my life. The car felt more connected to the asphalt at 160mph than it did at 80mph. A modified 850hp (in street trim) 2009 Porsche GT2 takes 1st.

They do require a different form of driving to keep them under control at the limit. Even the 4S with AWD would snap oversteer with throttle lift in a fast corner. The (modified) GT2 had so much power and only RWD, oversteer was easy to correct with a light throttle blip, but still very twitchy, and once it broke loose, that was it.

A recent article in Road and Track had quoted a Porsche expert as saying the 959s are now hard to find in good condition because so many were driven exclusively in the winter due to their excellent 4WD system.

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