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2006 Porsche Carrera 4 Coupe
New Porsche Carrera Coupe

Hop behind the wheel, turn the key, rev the engine, throw it into first and you’re immediately reminded of why Porsche remains the ultimate jewel in the crown of sports car lovers.  You don’t drive the Carrera so much as wear it like a finely tailored suit.  The crest on the steering wheel seems to smile up at you and whisper “faster, faster, faster”.  And faster you go as you cruise, turn, downshift, accelerate and watch the needle inch further to the right.

Our test took us through winding country roads as well as city streets; each was a sublime pleasure.  The Carrera hugs the road with an iron grip, and its growl practically shakes the leaves from the trees.  Two engine variations are now available: our tester and the Carrera 4S with its 355 hp power plant.  An optional Sport Chrono Plus package rolls out for ’06.  A “Lapis Blue” metallic finish is an $825 option; also available are wheel caps with color crest ($185), Bi-Xenon headlamp package ($1090), cocoa floor mats ($115), heated front seats ($480) self-dimming mirrors ($385) and a host of other goodies.  Safety-wise, dual front airbags and a Porsche Stability Management (PSM) system, optimized for shorter stopping distances and greater control in slippery conditions, are standard, as are anti-lock brakes and an integrated third brake light in the rear. 

Gripes are few.  The trunk’s small, making packing for long trips challenging unless you’re going solo.  Also, the CD player’s digital readout moves at a glacier’s pace as you scroll forward or backward to find your favorite songs.  Overall, though, this is a more-than-worthy sports car that’ll put a smile on your face every time you rev it. 

Interior: An electric sliding roof, one-touch power windows and a color PC display with nav system capability plants the Carrera squarely in the 21st century;  flawless clutch/accelerator combo is all classic Porsche.  It’s all upscale leather and thus a feast for your eyes, nose and posterior, though a tight fit for the big and tall.

Exterior: Smoothly merged egg-shaped flanks and curvy yet hunky quarter panels are signature, flashy Porsche.  Engine’s in the rear and the trunk’s up front, opening with a push of the button on your fob.   
About Josh Max
Josh Max is a freelance writer and automotive enthusiast.

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