I know I have just posted a picture of a 911 on a Ferrari site...but bear with me, there is a Ferrari connection!
Picture is of my 993 after a really good Sunday drive a couple of weeks back. It was cold, initially wet and the roads were quite greasy. However, still have winter tires on the 993 and it wasn't a problem. Sometimes I think driving in the winter is actually better than summer: no-one else on the roads and no foliage so easier to see through corners.
If I could pick any 911 for a quick blast it probably wouldn't be a 993 (2.7RS, 964 RS, any GT3 would certainly be on the list). However, as an ownership prospect, especially if you only own one 911, the 993 is brilliant: last of the air-cooled 911s, modern enough to be usable at any time and comfortable for long-distance but retaining enough of the original 911 DNA to give that unique 911 feel.
I drove from my home near Pfäffikon, across country to the Rheinfall on the border with Germany. Included some of my favourite roads north of Zurich. The 993 was lovely. It isn't actually that quick (unless wound up properly doesn't feel much quicker than my 330XD) but the feedback from the car is very satisfying, the odd but lovely warble of the engine out back, the communicative steering and the way it floats over bumpy roads is brilliant.
So what has this to do with Ferraris? Well, as some on here know, I am just about to purchase my first Ferrari: a Challenge Stradale. There were some hiccups in the buying process but I am really hoping they have been solved and I should buy the car next week. It will then be serviced (with cam belts) and have all four brake discs replaced, so won't get to pick it up until the week after.
I am really, really looking forward to the CS. I am also really looking forward to it being completely different to the 993. I have had a couple of short drives in CSs but not long enough to really get to know it. My expectation is that it will be much more visceral, much more dramatic (and much louder!!) Also much redder too! I am really going to spoilt, having the 993 and the CS to look at every time I go down into the underground car park.
I plan to drive the same route in the CS and will post my thoughts (if anyone is interested!) Along with some pictures of course.
Do I have some reservations or concerns about the CS? Well, a few. I do wonder whether it will feel too wide. Most of my favourite roads tend to be the smaller, country roads (with more bends and fewer, mobile speed traps). Also, wonder how the stiffer suspension will cope. I think it should be okay as I don't remember my old 996 GT3 being too bad. I also wonder how I will cope with the attention. 911s are relatively anonymous: not something you can say about a red CS with an exhaust noise capable of waking the dead!
My other concern is that I really hope my Ferrari-owning experience goes well. Apart from the first day of Porsche ownership (which was an unmitigated disaster) the rest has been brilliant. So many great memories and I've never had any significant problems with any of my 911s. I am just hoping to be so lucky with my first Ferrari