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Why you should buy this car: Because you re not a getaway driver, but you d sure as Hell like to be.

Why you shouldn t buy this car: Once you get on the 911 ownership express, you can t get off. Don t get me wrong: sexually, you re still good. I mean there s nothing else on four-wheels worth buying — except more expensive variants: C4S, Turbo, Turbo S. And then they re-engineer the model and it starts all over again. The C4 may not be dangerous, but it s a dangerous addiction.

Suitability Parameters:
· Speed Merchants: Yes
· Fashion Victims: Yes
· Treehuggers: No
· Mack Daddies: No
· Tuner Crowd: No
· Hairdressers: No
· Penny Pinchers: No
· Euro Snobs: Yes
· Working Stiffs: No
· Technogeeks: Yes
· Poseurs: Yes
· Soccer Moms: No
· Nascar Dads: Yes
· Golfing Grandparents: No

Vitals:
· Manufacturer: Porsche
· Model tested: 911 C4 (997)
· Model year: 2006
· Price as Tested: $77,100
· Engine type: 3.6-liter DOHC 24-valve flat-6
· Horsepower: 325 hp @ 6100rpm
· Torque: 273 ft.-lbs. @ 2750 rpm
· Redline: NA
· Wheels and Tires: Pirelli 295/35ZR-18
· Drive type: all-wheel-drive
· 0 - 60: 5.2 secs.
· 1/4 mile: 12.9 secs
· Top speed: 174 mph
· Fuel economy city/highway: 13/27
· NHTSA crash test rating front/side/rollover: Not tested

[by Robert Farago]

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