It’s the Real Deal
What: Porsche 911 Carrera 3.2
Who: For those who love class and classics
Why: Unlike most coupés, the closed Porsche 911 Carrera 3.2 is barely any lighter than its predecessors, but that’s where the disappointment ends. For starters, it’s got a 3.2-litre engine, which at the time was the most powerful naturally aspirated Porsche 911 fitted to a production version. It also features a flat six-cylinder ‘boxer’ 3,164 cc engine producing 231 bhp and 284 Nm of torque. This was followed with the German automobile manufacturer building flat-sixes for a well-maintained engine. Porsche constantly updated the Carrera 3.2, but the only major change is the G50 gearbox with proven BorgWarner synchronisers from 1987.
While the Porsche 911 has always been an excellent performance car, it’s gotten increasingly sportier and luxurious over the past few generations. The Carrera 3.2 line-up is bigger than it’s ever been in 2018. The Carrera 3.2 came in three body styles: halfway-house Targa, convertible, and coupé. The whale-tail rear wing was optional as part of the Sport Pack, which offered shapelier seats and firmer dampers.
Over the years the well-executed sports car flawlessly combined its traditional cushy ride with thoughtful technology integration. Styled to look long, low and wide, inside the two-seater one will find a solid, well-built baby seat. If the substantial 130-litre luggage bay in the back isn’t enough, then fold the back seats flat to get extra 175 litres (6cu.ft.) of storage space.
Handling is nothing short of astonishing. It’s small, with 5ft 5in width; relatively supple torsion-bar springing; and low-profile, fat tires with a whopping 225 mm wide. It all comes together to make the 911 feel exceptionally surefooted.