What´s a girl to do with a Porsche for the weekend?26-05-2010
Sitting having a coffee one afternoon, Mario Guarnieri (of the famed, luxury car dealers “Guarnieri”) asked me if I fancied a brand new 911 Porsche Carrera S for the weekend – I´ve got a car (old Audi A3 ok ok, not quite in the same league as the Porsche but it has four wheels and gets me from A to B!), what do I need a car for? However, after a millisecond (and I mean a millisecond) of silent reverie, what actually came out of my mouth was “sure, why not?” lo and behold keys were tossed across the table and I skipped off to check out my new ride...
Only Porsche can make brown sexy! I sat behind the wheel, breathed in the new car smell and put the key in the ignition. Forgive me for stating the obvious but this car is a car that is MADE to be driven, the luxurious leather has you properly supported for high speeds and there is no elbow rest, two hands have to go on the wheel, soooo... what is a girl to do? Only one thing; ...drive, drive, drive...
Coming out of the tunnel from Puerto Banus direction Marbella I decided to feel what was under the bonnet, I smoothly slipped the car into manual (The PDK gear system has 7 gears and you can change from automatic to manual in an instant depending on how you are driving) and put my foot down – I felt goose bumps over my whole body as I ended up in Elviria in a blink of an eye and decided in that same moment “my next car is a Porsche”!
This is not about technical aspects, you can read them on any web page, this is about the pure driving pleasure of having 6 cylinders under the bonnet and DFI (direct fuel injection). I loved it and in that moment, I determined that if I was going to have this baby for the weekend, I would explore driving pleasure all of the way from the smell of leather to the feel of the acceleration...
The car was a delight to drive, and I revelled in every minute of the experience, from the fast acceleration to the swiftness of the deceleration. I have to confess to having a complete boy racer moment in another tunnel, lowering the windows and caning it through just to hear the sound of the engine, pathetic I know (although isn´t that what the boys do?), did I care, absolutely not, it´s all about the driving pleasure!
Instead of Puerto Banus posing (yes, I did drive through there once – and no, I still do not get the whole posing thing), I went to Tarifa and took a little detour through the “campo”, I am sure that this is probably not what Mr. Guarnieri had in mind when he gave me the car but amusing none the less seeing this beast of a car completely out of place and surrounded by goats and sheep.
What I found amazing was the amount of guys testing me on the road, first of all curiosity, then ego to see what a girl can do with a motor like that, bemused I left them checking out “my ass" as I accelerated into the distance... On the return from Tarifa my friend and I were amused by a convertible BMW full of guys who passed us, one in particular was making mad gesticulations and craning his neck to check me out all of the way to Algeciras (although my ego would love to think that it was me, it was more likely a case of vaguely attractive girl in very hot car, because had I been in a Fiat Punto I don´t think that he would have looked twice let alone risked neck injury to blow me kisses all the way back). The car is sexy, there is no doubt about it.
Obviously it would (although be sorely tempting to use public motorways as your own personal circuit in a car like this) be just plain wrong. Now as for speed, let´s just say one evening I made it back from Sotogrande to San Pedro in 4 repeats of Marvin Gaye´s “Let´s Get it On”, you do the maths! And could it go from 0 – 200km per hour in a few mere seconds, (not that I would know!!!), however if I had to hazard a guess, I would say yes, undoubtedly!
So a big thank you to Mr. Guarnieri, I loved every second of driving your baby and anytime you have a hot motor that you need testing, I do not need a second to acquiesce my consent! (Is the Pagani free next weekend???)
P.S To any Guardia Civil reading; please note that this article has been elaborated for poetic license and the name below is a pseudonym!!! Oh, and to those who gave me a "multa" today, good thing I was in the Audi!
By: Nicola Vieira Rodrigues
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