2017 PORSCHE 911 C4 GTS

Iconic rear-engined sportscar represents decades of hard graft and helped owner Greg celebrate a major milestone.

The main reasons you bought this car? 
I’ve worked my butt off for over 25 years and have had some very tough times in my life. I wanted to buy myself a 50th birthday present that reflected my achievement. 
The 911 heritage played a big part for me. I am drawn to the passion of Porsche to engineer and design a powerful and elegant sports car. The luxury aspect means nothing; I bought this car because I want to have fun every second I am in it, and I do!

The design feature you like most? 
I think the sheer difference between the width of the front of the car vs the back provides an impressive look. 

Did you customise your 911 in any way? 
Because I purchased the vehicle directly from the Porsche factory, this car is made to spec. Options that I included are an electric sunroof, front axle lift system, rear-axle steering (which contributes to its incredible cornering capability), 18-way sports seats, and a Bose Surround System. 

What has been your longest drive in this car? 
Tutukaka, north of Whangarei. 

Has the car exceeded your expectations in any ways? 
Yes, definitely, in a few ways. The cornering ability makes it feel like the car is literally on rails; the standing-start acceleration is incredible with all-wheel drive; and the driving modes offer great variation. 

Do you have long-term intentions with the 911? 
Yes, I plan on being buried in it.

Have you owned other special interest vehicles? 
No! This is my first true gift to myself. 

If you added another Porsche to your dream garage, which model would you choose? 
Another of the same. The GTS is everything I want. 

Would you be more likely to buy a British or an Italian car? 
I don’t distinguish by origin. It’s more about the model and what it can deliver for my needs and wants. 

Do you recall when the Porsche 911 first made an impression on you? 
For me, growing up in North America, it was through appearances in movies like Risky Business and Weird Science.

What was the first car you ever drove, and where did you drive it? 
A manual Datsun wagon in Vancouver, Canada. It had so much rust that the guards wobbled at 50km/h or more.

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PORSCHE 911 C4 GTS

YEARS PRODUCED 2017-18

MILEAGE approx 18000km

ENGINE 2990cc flat-six twin-turbo

POWER 330kW (443bhp)

TRANSMISSION 7-spd dual-clutch PDK

DRIVETRAIN four -wheel drive

WEIGHT 1490kg

LENGTH 4.5m

0-100km/h 3.6 secs

WHEELS 20-inch centre-lock alloys

COLOUR Agate Grey metallic

UPHOLSTERY Grey leather and Alcantara

OWNER Greg, Auckland

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