As a breed, sports cars are in something of a flux. Much of what has defined these vehicles over the prior decades is changing — manual transmissions, naturally aspirated engines, hydraulic steering, and the like. More disturbing than the phasing out of these components, however, is the broader “dumbing down” of the driving experience. Automakers appear in a mad rush to integrated precision driving tools, as they call them. In reality, these aids are more like nannies to make you look better on a canyon road or race track.
Some would argue the increase in power and torque necessitates these features, though nothing has been developed unilaterally. Output has gone up, but braking, grip, and aerodynamics have improved to equal or greater degree. Everything is still in balance. Alas, the result of all this electronic compromise is a very small sample of new, unrestricted driving experiences. One such proposition is Porsche’s 911 Carrera Touring.